The average size home in America is 2,400sq ft according to http://money.cnn.com/2014/06/04/real_estate/american-home-size/index.html.
My family of 4 lives in less than half of that size.
A little over 6 years ago, my husband and I purchased our first home. 1104 square feet in a neighborhood that was full of abandoned, industrial buildings and a few blocks from the Impound Lot. We have a small yard, no mudroom, no garage, no unfinished basement, no dishwasher. However, it is ours! When we bought our house we weren’t intending on having a second child, but we welcomed our daughter just over a year after closing on our home. We added a closet and door to our small play area (called a Den when we toured the home), and made a 3rd bedroom. Our children have their own bedrooms (they did share a room for a few years too). Our son asked to move into the playroom a few years ago, so he could have his own room. (I read a lot on having a child on a different floor then the parents, but it works for our family.) After agreeing to this, we immediately developed a fire evacuation plan. It is important for me to have my kids prepared, always; especially if we are on separate floors.
We are fortunate to have 2 bathrooms. This hopefully will eliminate a lot of fights as our children get older. We have added shelves everywhere we can to make added space. Our dry storage is made on shelves leading to our basement.
Our basement houses our storage and husband’s saws…so many saws. These tools have come in handy as we try and renovate our house, ourselves. Our biggest challenge we have taken on is our backyard. I am excited to share the transformation with everyone soon. We have invested a lot of blood, sweat, and tears in this house.
Recently, at my neighborhood association meeting, a lady I had never met before, a lady that rents in the neighborhood I live in, asked me, “and you are okay living in that small of a house?” The honest answer is yes! As for the size of our house, why does it matter to someone else what size your house is? I absolutely understand why people want more space, but I also think that should be their choice. I sometimes envy people who may be able to have people over all seasons of the year because they don’t need to rely on outside space to entertain. I envy how people have rooms that their kids could play in without being on top of them, but then I realize my kids follow me to all of our rooms regardless of the size of our house. Our house allows for me to stay home with our kids, for our family to travel, and forces us to explore our city more.
To conclude this post, one miraculous time, we had a friend whose home country is Ireland, tell me that our house big. That still puts a smile on my face because in many countries, our house would be considered big, and it helps me to just be thankful for what I have.
“There is only one success – to be able to spend your own life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley