The Not So Big House and The Not So Big Life are two books by Sarah Susanka that I am really looking forward to reading. I can identify with the Not So Big House especially. Every time we have moved to a bigger space – from our apartment, to our condo, to our house – no matter how big the new space is we always fill it with stuff. Does that stuff make us happier than we were in our first apartment? Not really.
From the Not So Big website (www.notsobig.com):
The Not So Big House
How big is Not So Big? Not So Big doesn’t mean small. It means not as big as you thought you needed. But as a rule of thumb, a Not So Big House is approximately a third smaller than your original goal but about the same price as your original budget. The magic is that although the house is smaller in square footage, it actually feels much bigger.
The Not So Big Life
The bigger-is-better idea that triggered the explosion of McMansions in home design has spilled over to give us McLives. In her bestselling Not So Big House series, Sarah Susanka showed us how to change the way we live by adjusting the physical space we inhabit. Now, in The Not So Big Life, Sarah takes her revolutionary philosophy a giant step further by showing us how to change the way we live by fully inhabiting each moment of our lives.
The Not So Big Life reveals that form and function serve not only architectural aims, but life goals as well. Just as we can tear down interior walls to open up space, The Not So Big Life shows us that we can tear down our fears, assumptions and conditionings in a way that opens us up to new possibilities so we can start passionately engaging the things we long to do.