Sunday, January 31, 2016

Choosing Small

Remember when people used to blog?
I've been thinking about this post for months. We had the opportunity to buy a bigger house, like double the size bigger house.
Awesome, right?
Isn't that what we all deep down want? Wouldn't it make things so much easier if we just had more space?
For the first time, we wouldn't need to live in a small house from economic necessity (thanks again 2008!) and we could have our American Dream.
So we looked at houses. Sure they were bigger, some even had a garage and all of them had that much desired second bathroom.
But the more we looked, the less we liked.
Why exactly did I need that extra bedroom? So I wouldn't have to clean up the homeschool things at the end of the day?  Is that worth $40,000 plus interest? Americans figured out how to use single bathrooms a long time ago and we've got a fairly good system going. Was it worth 40,000 (plus interest) for a place that gets used for maybe 30 minutes a day?
Plus we would trade our large yard/small house for large house/small yard. Not pacticularly keen on that.
So we decided to stay put.
So weirdly enough, we now find ourselves choosing to live small.
What's making this more "crazy" is that we are expecting our fourth child soon.
So I've been spending a lot of the past year learning more ways to continue living in our small house. I hope to keep up with blogging and share some of those in order to help others who live small by choice or by necessity. Plus, you know, other stuff I want to write about. Since it's my blog. :-)


  1. Hey there Mrs. Small House! I've felt so out of the blogging world for quite a while. I've tried to post here & there. But I've missed writing....and reading my favorite bloggers. So, I was glad to see your newest post. :)

    It's interesting. We're kind of in the same spot. We had a five year plan....oh from about 7 years ago...where we intended to move into a larger house. Well, we still don't have a huge down payment saved although we're in a better spot financially...although it's still tight at times.

    We have 4 boys who are growing and growing! My oldest will turn 13 this year & he's already as tall as me. Sometimes I feel like I need more space to maintain my sanity in this house full of messy, noisy boys.

    But, first of all, what we want ideally - 4 bedroom old farmhouse with a barn & acreage is not available in our price range.

    Next, we love our school district. As quirky & irritating as it can be, we love our house. We love the area we live in.

    Is getting something bigger really worth the trade off?

  2. So I tried to comment when you first posted this. I guess cyberspace ate it--I had the same problem with another friend's blog. Maybe Blogger doesn't like me. :)

    I basically just wanted to say that you're awesome, and amazing, and all kinds of other splendid adjectives. And that I was sad that I didn't get to visit with you at the baptism preview. And that I don't get the big house, small yard thing. Why? Drove me bonkers when looking for a house.

    Sometimes I wonder if I should choose to live smaller. Bigger is just more to take care of, usually. But I am generally happy with where we ended up. But now that's just me rambling instead of posting what I originally meant to post.

    Thanks for being awesome.

    The end.