A Comparison of Life Style

from a real state window on my Paris street
At the present moment, I am living in "infill housing" in Paris. My residence of 19 square metres would be a "granny flat" at home.  The flat is located in a courtyard between apartment buildings. The construction is flimsy but my unit is decorated nicely for a single woman rental unit.
At 8:00 a.m., I can hear the next door neighbour leave and return and the flushing of toilets. This is
indeed the smallest housing that I have ever rented

the kitchen in my rental
At home, Monsieur and I (with our dog Tilde) live in 97 square metres which (for the moment) includes an enclosed balcony area. We have a very large bedroom, a smaller den/bedroom, a kitchen
and large living/dining area. The current market value of our apartment is about the same as the apartment shown above.

the linen/coat/storage closet chez moi à Paris

There are 2 rooms in the comparable Paris apartment ( listing shown above). The kitchen is open to the large room and there is a bedroom.  There is no elevator and fourth floor means fifth floor.  This apartment is a beautifully converted attic. It does look bright and airy.

At home, I grumble about lack of space. Monsieur plays music and owns amps, cords, bass guitars, music stand, microphones etc. Sometimes he needs to change the strings on his guitar.  I treasure my dining table. I'm not sure that 2 rooms would accommodate us.

Every time I return home from solo travel, I wonder why I need so much space. Each year, I declutter a bit more and I have limited my purchase of décor items. My neighbour volunteers in a charity thrift store so I donate unused items. It is an ongoing challenge and at my age, I feel that it is irresponsible to leave it to my daughter.

Besides the need for storage space, we seem to have a far greater need for privacy. Right now, I can hear every movement of my neighbour. A motion sensor light outside alerts me to late-returning residents, the cat or....I have the same situation in Mexico.

At home,  there seems to be a greater need for privacy or for insulation from life. Within my own four walls or in my private vehicle, I am protected from the outside world. I wonder if in North America that kind of "insulation" is becoming too pricey personally, societally and environmentally.


  1. You are touching on a subject that is starting to concern me. At the moment my husband and I live in a small hamlet in a detached house surrounded by garden. We are private people, but we are also getting older and I have not yet learnt how to declutter! The other week , following a professional burglary at our home, we went to look at retirement home options. The lack of privacy and space on offer is something that I'm not yet ready for.

    1. Some lack of space and privacy are probably inevitable as we age. I could live in such a small space alone for a limited time. It would be different if I lived there permanently.


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