The other day I had the opportunity to watch some HGTV. The program was about this mother-daughter team who went to houses on the market and helped the sellers improve their chances of selling the house.
Two of the four sellers featured complained that their house was just too small now that they were venturing into having two children. In one case, the children were the same gender. In the other, the 2nd child was still in utero and the gender not revealed. In both cases, the house was bigger than mine!
As they walked through the houses, I kept seeing all it's potential, even for a growing family. A big plus - eat-in kitchens! So, what were the sellers' problems with their houses? Both sellers said that they needed more bedrooms. Ummmm....what's wrong with siblings sharing a room? I shared a room with my 3 brothers for about a decade. Then, my dad divided up the big bedroom into two tiny ones and I shared a space smaller than many of today's walk-in closets with my sister. I was 20 years old before I had my own room, and then I was married at 21, so I'm back to sharing. :) The other problem was, "we need another bathroom." Yes, I admit that two bathrooms are nice, very nice. But, one bathroom can do just fine.
Yes, hubby and I do plan on adding a second storey, but until then, we have to survive and thrive in 880 square feet. I look forward to it! I'm just ever so thankful for the playroom downstairs now and a good yard and a farm next door. My kids may all have to breathe the same air at night, but they'll get plenty of elbow room and fresh air during the day!