Why Do You Live Small?

I started out living in small apartments as a necessity. Right out of college, it was all I could afford. As years passed, my reasons for choosing a small home evolved. I chose small over large so I could live in a great location. Small over large for the layout, for the challenge. It wasn't long before I figured out that I'd choose small over large even if I could have anything:

Why do you choose to live in a small space? Is it for the environment? The ease of maintenance? Location? Budget? You may have lots of reasons or you may have just one. Let's hear it in the comments below.

Image: Liezel Strauss/James & Briony's Tokyo Home

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.