Our house had 960 finished square feet, but it also had an additional 900 or so square feet in the basement. It wasn’t technically “finished,” but it was finished enough for storage or for working on projects. Now we live in 475 square feet. Moving into the house took a long time, because we had a lot of stuff (some of which we never unpacked). Moving into the small home is taking just as long because we have to make sure we’re making the best use of every nook and cranny. We’re also reevaluating a lot of items. We’ve made one trip to Goodwill since we arrived.
Getting things organized is the main thing. We need to build some shelves for all the books we refuse to get rid of, and we need to organize Coraline’s room. So that’s the biggest project right now. Currently Coraline is sleeping in the closet. It’s about the size of three cribs, which means her crib takes up a third of the room. There’s also an electric water heater in there, and it’s situated in such a way that there’s a big (size is relative), useless space between the crib and the water heater. I bought an Ecosmart 18 tankless water heater, which I believe will be installed in the next couple of days, so then we can really start turning Coraline’s closet into Coraline room. That may involve installing a window. Since there is no window right now, she has to sleep with the door open for air circulation.
We haven’t sold our house yet (closing is one week away) so we haven’t yet seen the financial benefits of subsizing. We have, however, enjoyed living mere feet away from family. It really is the perfect living arrangement, at least for now.