Is your home too big? I mentioned recently that our current home is too big. I like the house, and we are only renting at this time, so it’s not what I’d call a heartbreaking situation in the least. I hope you see this post as more of a journal entry than a complaint. It seemed to me that I should try to put into words the experience of being in a home that is too big while being focused on owning less than culture encourages, and I’d like to hear from you how you make the best of your current living situation.
It’s Not About the Money
I know many people don’t want bigger homes because they can cost more. But the money isn’t what gets to me. I never thought twice about paying a lot of cash up front to rent a 700 sq. ft. apartment in London for six months, and somehow being in a home about 4 times the size in America feels weird (even though it’s 30% less expensive per month).
It’s Not About Appearance
Here’s what I mean when I say the home is too big: At the moment, there are four rooms we don’t use on a regular basis: a guest room, full guest bath, second dining room, and a sitting room. We have a number of empty storage shelves. The minimalist in me cringes at the thought of adding furniture, but the rooms look cold and dark being bare. As a result, we’ve fully moved in but being here is akin to walking around in shoes (or worse, pants!) that are too big – not quite a sustainable match.
It Is About Culture
I really hated typing those four words just now. They say a lot about me and the current state of society. The fact is, Chris and I have looked at a number of other homes that are smaller but we’re not willing to take the time or money to make repairs. Some smaller homes we do like mean making a longer commute each day which is as much a value conflict for me as is living in a home that is too big. We’ve talked about joining the Tiny House Movement but it’s not a solution we feel confirmed is right for our family of four yet…even though living in a home that is too big has motivated us to consider it.
So, all this to say…I’d like to hear about your living situation. How do you make it work? Do you have a home that’s too big? Too small? How have you made your home just right for you? What practical or attitude adjustments have you made to make it work? Your feedback and input would be a great encouragement to me. Thank you, friends.