I talked a while back about why I love small houses. I do like small house but for years I always thought about "my next house". I mean yes, I have been content with what I have at this moment but my husband and I know that one day we do want some land and with that land will come a different house so I have thought about the features I want in my next house. I used to clip pictures and save ideas. I knew I wanted a large wrap around porch and a house with hopefully four bedrooms and a finished basement, of course.
Yet ever so slowly, my thinking is changing. Right now we have our 1400 square foot house with three bedrooms and one and a half baths and it works. We also have all three of our kiddos in one bedroom (the biggest room) and you know what - it works too. They do sleep and besides the fact that if one gets up early they all do, the situation is pretty good.
Another reason I like small houses is that I honestly don't like to clean. It is my least favorite thing to do so cleaning a big house does not sound exciting to me. And if you think about it - even if you live in a big house, how many rooms do you actually use? Really, evaluate that. For a few days, pay attention to the rooms you use most in your house. For us, we mainly use our living room, kitchen and bedrooms (bathrooms are a given).
The things I would like to keep in our next house are the small bedrooms. I would love to have a play room so that way we could keep the bedrooms small. What would be great is to have a small ranch house with a full basement for a play room and for a place to keep all of our canning. I used to think that for my next house I wouldn't want a house any smaller than 2,000 square feet but now - I know I can survive on less. Not only can I survive, I can enjoy it.
Of course, I still would like my wrap around porch. Its not too much to ask is it?
How about you, what do you like (or dislike) about your house? Would you ever downsize even if you didn't have to?