I'm in a mood right now, and you should probably stop me if I try to list my house for sale.
We spent last week at a cottage. It was rectangle in shape. In the middle was one large gathering room, with couches, chairs and a fireplace on one side and a long dining room table that seated 10 on the other. Two bedrooms stemmed off one end and two off the other. There was a small outcropping on the side for the kitchen and bathroom.
I sat there one evening and watched the 11 children play and 8 adults chat, and I thought this is really all the space we need. This tiny cottage had four bedrooms, which is one more than we currently have. It had a large gathering space where many people could mingle without it feeling over crowded. The whole thing must have been less than 500 square feet and it felt more than adequate.
I've felt similar in pioneer replicas of homes, where small spaces felt not only comfortable but even spacious, using an open concept and without stuffing them full of unnecessary things.
I'm feeling an urge to simplify again...