Well to start, when we bought our current home, we were the same size family as we are today…
Our home is small but very full – of love & stuff. We make memories in a 960 sq ft. house, 3 bedrooms, and 1 bath…yes 1 bathroom. We do have a full basement…and a yard, not huge but big enough.
Two ways I always cope with our small size: 1 – this home was built in the ’60s and families were bigger then, if they could manage so can we, and 2 – I can keep this one clean! Hubs and I work full-time outside the home, so keeping everything clean and put away is seriously a daily challenge.
Not to mention I would have lived in a cardboard box to stay in our school system…even with “school of choice” now it’s not the same going to school elsewhere when your neighbors attend the local school. Plus we own a home, we have a yard, and are gaining equity as we speak…which would not happen in a rental.
The 1 bathroom problem, will definitely be addressed in a short time. With 4 girls, 1 momma, and 1 hubs…time in the bathroom is only going to be extended as time goes on.
Projects that are on the “wish-list”
- Finish the basement – needs drywall and some insulation, maybe some different flooring
- Add on – build on to the back of the house, or what I would really love is to add a second story!
- Add bathroom – possibly in the basement, or with the addition
Money is of course the only object standing in the way…have to save up. But, luckily when we bought the house everything – like everything had been updated in the previous 5 years or less. New furnace, hot water heater, A/C, electrical box, all appliances, total kitchen & bath remodel, new windows, doors, and roof/siding. So in that maintenance dept. we will be set for a little while.
Of course the hubs would rather take the “easy” way and sell this house, and “just” buy a bigger home. Not to mention all the hassles of shopping for a new home, I don’t think hubs has a clue what it would take to make our home selling ready. We have KIDS! Pictures and kid stuff in every nook & cranny of this house we are squeezed into.
In our small house we remain, cozy, and clean.