Deliberately downsizing to 192 square feet.

Author’s new home, July 21, 2021

As a child, I shared a room with my mom. As a teenager, I had my own bedroom and bathroom. As I got older, I shared a room and bathroom with roommates. Then my husband. We added children to the mix, then more roommates.

Our living spaces changed with us. As our needs evolved, our collections of items grew, too. Until one day in 2003, I took a look at our too-packed…