This property in Cardiff claims a footprint of nearly 4,000 sq ft, yet I shot just 10 photos. Why? The place was totally empty, and photos of bare bedrooms don’t do much to attract buyers.

Who lived in this house? With its four bedrooms and 5 bathrooms? One elderly woman.

Here in Southern California we live year-round in one of the most temperate and enjoyable climates on earth. Nevertheless, bigger and bigger houses are being built on smaller and smaller pieces of land. Why do we insist on insulating ourselves from paradise?

Often we say, “I just need to get out of the house.” Maybe we should make it easier for ourselves to do so.

Kirk and I have been considering moving from a one-bedroom to a two-bedroom place. In less than a month he will move from working at his office in Solana Beach to working from home. Since I work at home much of the time too, an extra bedroom doubling as an office would be nice, considering the current situation when we’re both at home: Kirk works at the tiny kitchen table, and I sit on the couch (or vice versa). A few weeks ago we looked at a fairly spacious 2/1 bungalow for rent in Oceanside with a single-car garage and a backyard. It was close to perfect, though we agreed that it was actually too big. We’d probably feel the need to buy a lot of furniture just to make use of all the rooms. We really didn’t need all the space. (And, it lacked the one thing that has always been a deal breaker for us: a dishwasher.)

We moved to California for the outdoors. Thusly, we’re being very careful about how much indoor space we take responsibility for. The less indoor space we feel the need to occupy, the easier it is to get outdoors — and enjoy paradise. ☼