Suzanne's Back in Time Townhouse

Suzanne's Back in Time Townhouse

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Janel Laban
May 18, 2015
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Name:
Suzanne
Location:
Philadelphia, PA
Square Feet:
850
Division:
Small
What I Love About My Small Home:
Sometime during junior high school, I fell in love with the 18th Century and dreamed of going back in time (living/working in Colonial Williamsburg). At the same time, I wanted an urban city life in New York. To find old and authenticity in New York is astronomically expensive and considering I've never won lotto and make a modest income, the situation seemed hopeless. Then, I discovered Philadelphia, where there are plenty of pre-1900 row houses for a variety of prices, especially if you are willing to be flexible on the size. I never questioned the idea of a small historic home, however, it's one thing to suffer for your own interests but to subject your family to your insanity, is quite another. Fortunately, everyone has a sense of humor and we're fond of calling our house the best Valentine's Day present ever! We thoroughly enjoy the fireplaces, the patio, the Center City neighborhood, our small street, and that although it's small, there is a proper space for every activity.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1: Reflect and plan before committing. Are you really a small space person, or is it wishful thinking because it's trendy right now and you want the zen small space dwellers seem to have found? Do you like other people's small spaces but have never lived in a place smaller than 2,500 square feet? Do you value quality or quantity? For these reasons and more, I'd recommend living small within your current space. Purge your things prior and see if you rush to fill the space or maintain life with fewer things. Also, location is really important because there will be time when you need to stretch your legs. So, plan every aspect, inside and out. 2: Know yourself well enough to prioritize. Live by "love it or leave it." Embrace compromise. 3: Build a tribe. You're going to need advice on how to live in a small space. Follow informative websites/blogs. Bond with fellow small space dwellers. People are going to think you're crazy so, you need a support network of people who get it.
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