When we moved to Austin in the summer of 2011, we rented a small 1-bedroom apartment (about 700 square feet). I didn't think too much about living in such a small space at the time, and expected us to move into a 2-bedroom once we had a baby. When we found out that we were expecting last year, I immediately thought we would move when our lease renewed in March of this year, and we talked about it occasionally, and that seemed to be the plan.
Then, about two months before Fox was born, we were talking about how we were going to fit him in our apartment until March, when our lease ended, and somehow the idea of staying in our 1-bedroom came up. I am not even sure why it came up, but it stuck fast in our minds and we couldn't let it go. We talked the idea to death for about 2 weeks, and then decided to move forward with it.
We had several reasons for doing this:
1. Cost - obviously rent is less for a 1-bedroom apartment. Also, it costs less to heat and cool a smaller space.
2. Adam loves tiny houses, and the idea of living very intentionally. Everything has a place, and you purchase specific pieces to fill the space you have and make it work, even if that place is small.
3. I wanted to see if it would work. (honestly, I wanted to see if we could actually live like this and not go completely crazy)
4. We love the apartment that we currently live in. Our balcony overlooks a beautiful little green space. There is lots of parking in our part of the complex, we are close enough to walk to the trash compactor, the pool and the mailbox, and when we moved in to our apartment, they had just replaced the carpet and repainted the walls, so it looked brand new. It may not look quite as new now, but we have taken good care of the carpet and walls, and I worry that if we moved into another apartment, it would have dirty carpet, or less than lovely walls.
So, all that being said, here is a little tour of our new 'closet' outside of the 'closet bedroom' that Fox sleeps in: