See How A Family of 11 Makes Their 1100 Sq ft Home Work

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For many of us, an 1100 square-foot home is on the small side. Ideal, perhaps, for a family of three or four, but what we’d consider too tight of a squeeze for more. Somehow though, the 11-member Shupe family from Skagit Valley, Washington, are making it work just fine.

In a recent blog post on Large Families on Purpose, Bob and Erika gave the curious a photo tour of their 1100 sq-ft residence, in which they raise 15-year-old Karen, 14-year-old Melanie, 10-year-old Brandon, 8-year-old Anna Marie, 7-year-old Riley, 4-year-old Tyler, 3-year-old Spencer and 3-year-old twins Lacey and Lilly.


Take a look inside, and see what Erika had to say about their home:




For what it’s worth, Bob and Erika Shupe had only three children when they purchased their home in 2004, and “never dreamed the Lord would move in our hearts as He did and bless us with 6 more children (so far) in this same house!”

Reading through the blog post as well as comments Erika so diligently replies to, I’m most impressed by her take-it-in-stride attitude, which is boosted by their faith.

The homeschooling mother of nine explained to one commenter, “We wonder how it will work for us when our little people are all big – how will we fit? But that’s worrying in to the future, which the Lord calls us not to do. He has always made a way for us – one day at a time. We’re really tried to learn to enjoy the current time and space, and to pray about the future, watch for the Lord to reveal His plans for us – ‘keeping our eyes peeled’ – but not to worry about it. We’re not there yet.”

My family too lives in an 1100 sq-ft home, though it’s just the husband and I and our two boys. We’re currently remodeling much of the home, including the basement, which will soon be able to be used as living space for the first time.

On the one hand I’m looking forward to having a television/family room downstairs and a more formal living room (no TV or electronics) upstairs because sometimes Phineas and Ferb’s singing about their 104 days of summer vacation tests my last nerve, but on the other I kind of like being forced together. I like poking my head out of the kitchen and seeing my husband and sons sharing the one couch our current small room allows — and if I’m so inclined to join in watching a show with them we just squish together. It’s sort of ridiculous to put so many bodies on so little furniture, but nice.

Since neither cleaning nor organizing are traits at the top of my skill set, I have to think that if we had a large home it’d just be tremendously underutilized. Bob and Erika, I admire your ability to make every square foot count!

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