January 5, 2012
MSN reports five reasons to buy a small house, including reasons discussed in previous posts on the subject here, such as the benefit of not hoarding large quantities of unused possessions. The report does not mention another important psychological benefit. Dwellers of small homes know each other. They are more likely, in my unprofessional opinion, to learn to manage the petty slights and annoyances that are part of communal living.
Small houses create interior castles. The bloating of the American house at a time when family size has declined is a cause and result of spiritual shrinkage.