A few weeks ago we came about this close to putting an offer down on a house nearby. When we bought the one we're in, we were a one-kid family. Now we've got two more kids and sometimes it feels like were bursting at the seams. When I'm trying to get from the family room to the kitchen, I'm always walking around toys or tripping over little bodies. I find myself muttering a dozen times a day, "this is no way to live." There are a couple of issues, I think, going on. First of all, we have lots of stuff--kids' stuff, sewing stuff, computer-related stuff. We have lots of hobbies, so we have lots of stuff. Secondly, I'm an introvert. I need my space and I need my quiet time, and if I don't get these two things in small quantities during the day, I get stressed out. As a mom of three louder-than-average boys, it's probably quite apparent that I don't get much of either, which explains why I'm pulling my hair out at the end of the day. As much as I love my kids, I think a vacation from them would be a marvelous thing. Unfortunately, we live far from either side of the family, so sending them off to grandma's is not going to happen.
Anyway, oops, got sidetracked there for a second, where was I???? Oh yes, the house. What a house. It had 4 bedrooms, a craft room (yippee), a huge kitchen, and here's the kicker:
Look at this HUMONGOUS playroom. Actually, the sellers are ballroom dancers and they had this room built especially with that in mind. Dancing schmancing. Can you picture my kids riding bikes in here during rainy Seattle winters? Yeah, me too.
Anyway, in the end, we decided not to do it. We still have some living to do here yet. My dining room is in transition, we're undergoing a master bathroom remodel...we picked out our tiles and fixtures for pity's sake. Don't make me leave here until I get to break it all in. This is where we have all our memories. So even though I like/dislike my home--it's still home.
So now my focus is to make it work for us. We CAN live happily in this space, even though it's a smidge too tight. Streamline, streamline. I'm not sure I know where to start, but I'm going to do my best to try.
I did find a blog that totally inspires me. Check out her flickr pictures. I love the way she decorates and is able to make a small space beautiful and functional. And I love this post on "stuff"--getting rid of it, not accumulating it, not being attached to it.