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Leslie's Final Exam Project

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My Utopian Household


Idea: To create a Utopian household.

Big Questions to Answer: What about going home makes people happy? Or unhappy? What would make people happier about their homes? (Family related issues and common household issues apply).


     I think that people like going home after a long day because of the familiariry of home and the fact that people can feel free to be themselves when they get home; they can change out of their work or school clothes into anything they want, they can pig out in front of the TV or read or do whatever they feel like doing. 

     Personally I love going home, especially after being away for an extended period of time or even just after being gone for only a little while.  People's homes have a warm, personal vibe to them.  If you're having a bad day, you can always go to your favorite place in your house and just try and relax.  Everything about someone's house is personal to them: it caters to what they like (their food choices, decorative choices) and so going home should feel like you're going home to your perfect place.  Also, if you're living with family or friends or someone you have a relationship with, it's always nice going home and seeing them after a long day as well.  You get to catch up with other people about their day and focus on other things besides your own day's events.

     On the other hand, some people may not like to go home because they either have family problems with th person they live with or if their house is in bad condition and going home is just a bad reminder.  Also, if you have to travel a long way to get to your house from your place of work or school or even just have to travel a lot to get home, it can be frustrating living so far.  Also, people could live in a bad location, either by a highway or just have awful neighbors.  These somewhat avoidable things could bring a person to not want to go home as much as someone who finds relaxation and a serene feeling when they get home.


     Below, I have listed some regular household problems that could make some not happy with going home, like having a dirty house or broken appliances, etc.  Underneath those problems, I have listed solutions and how, in my Utopian household, those problems would be nonexistant.



-start out with basic household problems, go room by room on how to fix the trivial, common household problems and then get more personal.  At the bottom of each solutions section, include how that would make people happier. In the personal part, refer to the other 2 Utopias and how none of these problems would exist.  Include philosophical ideas from others



Ways to Physically Improve the Household



Laundry Room

(Storage) Closets

Living Room


Dining Room

Kids' Rooms

Master Bedroom



Recreation Room

The Outside of the House




Ways to Improve Familial Happiness within the House 

(ways to remedy problems and how it would be in a Utopian household)

-Walden Two: families didn't live together

-Brave New World: the thought of "families" was ridiculous.  Didn't even exist

Family Time-relate to WT

Alone Time-relate to BNW

Places everyone can go in the house where they're happy-relate to WT


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