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Holly Fortenberry

AnnieJay7810 is correct about how much harder it is in a small home. mybrunette you must not live in a small home or you would immediately have recognized what AnnieJay was saying. I am a very organized and tidy person and have been through ALL of my belongings and pared them down already; but I live in a small 2 bedroom/1 bath (12,00 sq. ft) and it is still cluttered feeling. In small homes and apartments, you simply do NOT have the space for even some of the bare necessities without cluttering things up a little. With only 3 closets and no storage in my "laundry room" (if you can call it that), my linens and blankets, must go in the bathroom closet. That makes my bathroom closet cluttered. With almost no cabinets in the small kitchen, for example, I have one shelf for Tupperware (which I use daily) but it is still cluttered.

I have no coat closet so coats and other foul weather gear must fit in my bedroom clothes closet, so that is cluttered. I have a coat rack by the front door (which opens directly into my small living room, no entry hall of any sort - the front door is 6 inches from my couch) so my backpack and coat clutter are right there visible as I sit on the sofa to watch tv in the evenings. I don't like that. But there is no better space for those items that need to be by the front door. Living in small spaces requires you to deal with some clutter unless you live like a monk. Having a large house automatically allows you to have a LOT more stuff while feeling minimalist. In the pictures in this article, it appeared to me that the items in that home far exceeded what fits in my home. So please don't minimize the struggles of other people unless you have walked in their shoes.

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Jenny Cooper

This is an old one, but I wanted to chime in anyway and say I totally get where AnnieJay7810 is coming from. I am lucky enough to live in a bigger space now (still not as big as a lot of these), but there was a time where I literally rented a top bunk of a bunk bed. I had that and one cupboard in the kitchen of a small house shared with three others and also storing stuff for a fourth who was travelling for a few months. I didn't even have a closet. I literally slept on top of my clean clothes, hung a few items in bags from the bed post, and kept a few other items that I didn't need daily in the trunk of my car. I challenge even tiny-house-minimalist types not to feel a bit cluttered in that environment. Income and the size of your place absolutely has a real, unavoidable affect in many circumstances, even if not always that extreme. Being a renter and not being able to do simple things like put up shelving or hooks on the walls can really tie your hands. I totally agree that Houzz is really not very welcoming to renters or lower-income users. I think that's just not their audience, though, because those people don't buy as much of the stuff their advertisers are selling. Apartment Therapy has a much wider range of users/lifestyles represented, though, so you might want to check that out if you haven't already.

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chemistrykaren

I see Houzz as (though I hate the word) ‘aspirational’, or inspirational. I am on a very low income, but love Houzz for the myriad ideas and elements that can be adapted or harnessed, rather than reproduced. ... And we can all dream ...

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