This is a post which I have been planning to write for more than a year, actually right before the whole corona stuff started last spring.
As we all know, the reason many married women work is to pay the mortgage, especially with the modern real estate prices. However, as I have said so many times already, while a big house is certainly a bonus, you don't always need it. And lo and behold, in 2020 IKEA made a catalogue featuring 3 families living in small spaces.
Now I'm not saying that all these were 1 income families (though the folks with many kids probably are), in fact, I don't know anything about them at all, however, this IKEA promo gives you an idea of how you can manage.
Family number one, 3 grown-ups (parents +granny) and 2 kids:
I'm afraid the quality of the pictures isn't great, but if you look closely, you see that the youngest child sleeps together with his parents in the master bedroom:
while the little girl and her Grandma share a sofa bed:
The next family have 5 kids, with at least 1 teenager:
The living room becomes the master bedroom at night:
Three eldest children sleep in one room (the one on the right below), with the oldest sister sleeping in one corner behind a curtain:
and a sister and a brother sharing a bunk bed
The two youngest ones share the room with 2 beds behind each other:
The third family have the smallest accommodation of all, a house on the ground floor with a tiny back garden:
It has 2 rooms, a living room and a bedroom. The living room also functions as a guestroom for the grandparents as it also has a sofa bed:
The son shares the bedroom with his parents (a small bed in the corner on the floor plan):
Have you noticed anything special about these families? Being of minority origins they apparently don't think they are entitled to a castle...
P.S. I couldn't find any copyright statement and anyway, the catalogue was only valid till 31 July 2020.