This past summer we moved from a 2,500 sf house to a 1200 sf condo. We have no basement, only attic storage which gets HOT during the summer. We did get rid of and sell a LOT of stuff when we moved in. But we're PG again, and we need to make more space and shuffle some rooms around. But my husband is SO attached to keeping things. We agree on certain things to store in the attic, but his perspective is that someday we will have a big house and we will need these things and he does not want to buy them again. He wanted to buy a brand new "McMansion" (sigh) to fit all of our things, but we recently decided that is a bad idea, since we hope to only be in this town for 4-5 more years max. So, our idea was to improve what we have (add sod to make a tiny yard for DD out of the unusable brick-paved condo garden, etc.)
I am having such a hard time convincing him that more open space would make our smallish house feel much better. He seems to think that if it can physically fit, even if pieces of furniture are end to end and fill an entire wall, that it's okay.
We do have perfectly serviceable and nice things, but too much for this space. So...do I convince him to cram it all in the attic (more likely for him to accept this, versus selling..for the "just in case for the future" factor) or do I live with his way of doing things?