So, I've been looking for ideas on living in a small apartment since it looks like we're moving from our just-under-1000-square-foot flat to a just-under-800 townhome. I've gotten good at living in an apartment this size with 5 people; it's straining my brain a bit to think of losing almost 200 square feet.
I've decided though that what really bothers me in a small space is having too much stuff. I think the tiny space arrangements at IKEA are good, but there's too much stuff in them. Our small-for-us place will work for us, and still be a lot cheaper than anything else in our new city, if we get a storage unit. It's not ideal, but I think it'll work.
The small apartment is much closer to the law school and will have a lot more children my older boys' ages than the one we could move too that's the same size as the one we're moving from. And it's closer to the library and farmers market. Closer to the law school is the most important thing though. And did I mention it's $700 less a month?