I stumbled upon a great website about why you'll be happier with a smaller house and I have to say that I completely agree with this list. Check out the website: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/2010/07/30/12-reasons-why-youll-be-happier-in-a-smaller-home/
I live in a 1600 sq ft home. To some that might sound large, and to others that might sound tiny. For me though, I am completely content. Some might say this is a starter home. Being a single mother and supporting my kids and I on my own, I see this as our home. I don't see us leaving this house unless I
a) I lose my job and am unable to afford paying the payments, which I have experienced a layoff and the results of unemployment so though that might not sound like a possibility to some, I know the reality all too well.
b) By some miracle I find employment for a great position in another state.
c) By some extreme miracle, I find a husband and other arrangements for housing are made?
Our home has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It also has a yard for the kids to play in and enjoy. Our dogs have a yard to roam around and enjoy. I have a walk in closeted bedroom, which I do enjoy. Our dining room is very large and has many a time provided plenty of space for friends and family to gather around the table to enjoy great food, good games and fun. I even have my scrapbook nook. A one car garage that has plenty of room. I trully love my home.
Of course there are always things that I would love to change up a little. The front yard, for instance, is just rock and a dried up patch of grass. We purchased a forclosure so the yard hadn't been touched since it being vacant. I haven't even bothered with it as of yet, because I don't know what I want to do there, and I don't want to waste money on it.
Given the space of my home, I do catch myself wishing I had a larger home for various other things, but upon reading this article, I have realized that deep down, I really am content. Yes, I do have clutter in our house and garage, but I am slowly working on that. I need to work on that and get a handle on this.
Being a single mom, it occurred to me that "stuff" amounted to wealth. If I found a great deal on something at the thrift store, I just couldn't resist it. I would get such a high on getting more stuff, because I felt richer by owning it. When I moved into our house, I thought I needed to buy more stuff to fill it after moving from a two bedroom apartment. I scavaged yard sales and purchased all kinds of toys and things. Now when I look around, I know I need to go through it more thoroughly.
If I lived in a bigger house, I am sure it wouldn't even phase me in the least. I am thankful for this sized house. It trully is a great amount of space for us. I really am satisfied, content and beyond thankful. We trully have been blessed.