Thursday, February 21, 2008

What's Wrong With Living Small?

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!


Stephanie said...

I completely agree! My family is a family of 6 (4 children, 2 parents) and growing up we lived in a 1,000 sq. ft. old farmhouse with just one bathroom and we were just fine.
I actually prefer small houses. The house we currently live in is 2,000 sq. ft. and it's just too much to keep clean and it's a bit drafty. I prefer the coziness of small homes, it makes for a closer knit family ;-)

Mrs. G said...

Another bathroom would be real nice! There is 8 of us here, dh, myself and our 6 dc 17-5 yrs old. We have a 2 bedroom plus a den 1100 sq. ft. home with 1 bathroom.
I like having a smaller home on one level, easier to keep clean. My 4 boys share the larger bedroom and my 2 daughters share the other. Dh and I have the den, it doesnt have a closet, but we use some of the boy's closet.

Dawn said...

Amen...what a good post!

The world will never ever be satisfied unless they know the Lord.
The world wants us to buy bigger and better, and for what? To go in debt? To be miserable because we know deep down we couldn't afford a big home?

If one can afford a big home and not drown in debt, hey, that's great, go for it!
But we live in a society where appearances are everything.

If we live in little homes and drive a reliable yet a rattle trap of a car, we are considered poor and won't even get a second glance.

But you know what? Who cares what the worlds standards are...
we are living for the Lord and that's all that matters!
God provides us with much more riches and happiness than the world could evr offer!

Happy Friday!