Living large — and small

Posted on Jan 01 2020 in From the Editor
Emily with basket

By Emily Schilling

Ever since my Barbie moved into her homemade cardboard dream house years ago, I’ve dreamt of having my own tiny house. 

Wouldn’t it be cool to be a real-life Alice in Wonderland, living large in a diminutive storybook abode? Furnishings would be sparse and intentional but, of course, super cute, and clutter would be non-existent. It would have to be. There’d be no room for anything but the bare necessities.

My girlhood dream isn’t so far-fetched. Tiny houses are all the rage nowadays. Television shows and magazines dedicated to the phenomenon abound. Go online, and you can find tiny houses in a variety of price ranges for sale throughout Indiana. There’s even one decorated like a gingerbread house for those accustomed to the “sweet life.”

My first apartment after graduating from college was an efficiency, so I know I could handle the tiny lifestyle. But with years of accumulated “stuff” now surrounding me — plus my most recent fairytale dream (a master bedroom-sized walk in closet with floor-to-ceiling shoe racks) — I doubt a tiny house will ever fit my lifestyle. However, that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to a “she shed,” one of those out-in-the-yard refuges for women who need some alone time. Yeah, why not live large — and small? I think Barbie would even approve of that idea!

EMILY SCHILLING is editor of Indiana Connection