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Life and style on a modern houseboat

See what it's like to fall asleep to the sounds of seals and run errands by kayak

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houseboat deck
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Making 1,000 square feet work for a family of four

  • Be strict about capacity. Reach a point of equilibrium with your stuff and stick with it. “Our kids know when they get a new thing, they have to say goodbye to something else,” says Matt.
  • Embrace imperfection. “I’m a cluttery person,” laughs Jennifer. “It’s when I stop pre­­tending to be perfect and figure out a solution that the house works best.”
  • Store it where you use it. In the kitchen, oven mitts and spatulas are to the right of the stove, and the blender and mixer reside on the countertop where Jennifer bakes.
  • There’s always room for memories. “My grandmother’s waffle iron lives permanently on our stove­top,” says Jennifer. “I love it, so I make space for it, and we use it every day.”

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