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Small bedrooms (by plenty [MO]) May 13, 2022 4:52 PM
       Small bedrooms (by WMH [NC]) May 13, 2022 4:57 PM
       Small bedrooms (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) May 13, 2022 5:11 PM
       Small bedrooms (by DJ [VA]) May 13, 2022 5:27 PM
       Small bedrooms (by 6x6 [TN]) May 13, 2022 5:27 PM
       Small bedrooms (by WMH [NC]) May 13, 2022 5:40 PM
       Small bedrooms (by Small potatoes [NY]) May 13, 2022 11:28 PM
       Small bedrooms (by Dee Ann [WI]) May 14, 2022 12:42 AM
       Small bedrooms (by S i d [MO]) May 14, 2022 7:10 AM
       Small bedrooms (by Wilma [PA]) May 14, 2022 7:30 AM
       Small bedrooms (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) May 14, 2022 12:35 PM
       Small bedrooms (by Barb [MO]) May 14, 2022 3:18 PM
       Small bedrooms (by MAP [NY]) May 14, 2022 8:57 PM

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Small bedrooms (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: May 13, 2022 4:52 PM

Found this interesting. One year ago a tenant moved from low income housing to what HUD considers a High Opportunity Area. And I would agree. Much more opportunity for better schools and life. Yesterday I stopped by to sign lease renewal and Suddenly the resident says something about she turned the master bedroom into a closet and is sleeping in the living room. And proceeded to show me the converted bedroom. I see three large totes of clothes, one in each corner. She goes on to say that no bed fits in this room. She had a queen blow up bed but that left no room to walk or for furniture. You may be thinking what I thought at the time.. suddenly the bedroom sizes changed? You moved from where to here? The house was built in 1950 and it served a family well before. And why does a house fit your needs, HUD is paying 100% of your rent, and is there anything actually in the closet? Why don't ya get a full or queen size bed the room is 12x11. And then she showed me the kids rooms. Both with twin beds and stated the 11 year old is going to need a bigger bed and there is no room for a bigger bed. (I don't really see the problem) so I followed her around as she found fault with room sizes. Anyways I've been thinking this is more about life skills and adapting to a new class A neighborhood. She signed another years lease but wants to know if I have any bigger houses! This house has a finished basement and it's 1_1/2 bath. Just sharing.

Small bedrooms (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: May 13, 2022 4:57 PM

One reason housing is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Size. We grew up in a brand new house built in the 1970's. I mean, my parents HAD IT BUILT to spec!

3 bedrooms, 1 bath. Bedrooms had single door closets. Small kitchen. TINY dining area. "Bay" window.

Unfinished basement - the DADs always finished the basements - added a "family room" and a crappy bathroom and maybe a bedroom for a growing teen.

Small bedrooms (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: May 13, 2022 5:11 PM

Maybe we should get T-shirts that read, I survived living in a one bathroom house growing up.

Now a days places really need to have two full baths as even 1.5 are frowned upon.

Small bedrooms (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: May 13, 2022 5:27 PM

LOL! There is a whole neighborhood near me - one of the first "tract houses" - built at the end of WWII.

Soldiers came home, married, and raised families in these 2/1 624 sf houses.

Good one, Ray - I "survived" too. I'm first generation with indoor plumbing.

Just another example of entitlement attitude & always wanting more than you can afford.

BTW: All of my kids had only twin beds & I sleep in a twin bed, so........

Small bedrooms (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 13, 2022 5:27 PM

Does an outhouse count?

Small bedrooms (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: May 13, 2022 5:40 PM

6x6, we had a double-seater outhouse at our "summer camp" in Maine back in the day. Word was Grampa won it in a poker game, turns out he lent the owner money to send his daughter to college. Which tale is true is impossible to tell, everyone's dead.

We used "thunder jugs" under the beds for lesser issues at night, but the outhouse was for the important tasks. But as young kids we were afraid of the place, so my sister and I went and sat together on the double seater.

But our brother like to lock us in the brat.

Small bedrooms (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: May 13, 2022 11:28 PM

the majority of the housing stock in my area is early 1900s or so and have small bedrooms. it really is a downfall sometimes,especially if people are not from the area. I have to tell prospects that a queen bed n a dresser fit. of course many don't have closets either.

Small bedrooms (by Dee Ann [WI]) Posted on: May 14, 2022 12:42 AM

My husband drove us through the neighborhood he grew up in. As he drove by different houses, he named his childhood friends who had lived there. These were cute box houses; some of these friends had large families. But you did what you had to! We slept in bunk beds. And in college crammed four girls into a small bedroom where only 2 sets of bunk beds and a dresser fit-no closet. Sharing our day and bedtime stories were the best...nope a bigger room wouldn't have been the same.

I think alot is lost today on the bigger the better.


Small bedrooms (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: May 14, 2022 7:10 AM

My brother and I shared a bedroom until I was in 3rd grade in a 2 bedroom duplex my folks rented. Then we bought a 3/2 house and I got my own 10x10 room. I felt like a king! Lived there until I graduated high school and left for college. Back to sharing a room for a year.

Yep, "small" has definitely changed over the years.


Small bedrooms (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: May 14, 2022 7:30 AM

I survived:

- one bathroom for four people

- no a/c until moving into an apartment at 27 that had a single window shaker in the bedroom

- the washer and dryer being IN the kitchen

- not having a dryer until I was 17 - clotheslines outside and in the basement.

- never having a dishwasher until I was in my 30s

Even better was the family's 1930s era beach shack - one large room that was divided between kitchen and bedroom with a couple of china cabinets. The "bedroom" was a bunkbed, a full sized bed, and a twin sized bed with tiny aisles between them. The former screen porch was eventually enclosed to make a tiny living room/bed on the sofa for Uncle Ted. The bathroom was built in 1960 - before that, an outhouse.

Small bedrooms (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: May 14, 2022 12:35 PM

Its amazing how often free stuff isn't good enough for the recipient and they feel they deserve to have better free stuff.

Small bedrooms (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: May 14, 2022 3:18 PM

I see the same issue. My starter duplexes have small bedrooms. Full bed is fine, a queen will be a tight fit. Even my new construction is small to some people.

Got a new tenant moving in a couple of weeks. Single girl, has a king sized bed.

I have three fully furnished places I rent to travel nurses. I just upgraded one from a full sized bed to a queen. I had one person complain the bed was too small at a full.

Mom was happy to take the full in her house, and I bought a queen. She was floored that I got complaints about the full in a one bedroom apartment.

Small bedrooms (by MAP [NY]) Posted on: May 14, 2022 8:57 PM

What a country! The so-called "poor" here are richer than most of the citizens of the world.

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