We are debating downsizing and moving into a 2 bedroom rental for a few years so I can work a bit less to be home more with our 3rd. We live in a really expensive area (currently pay $3200/month rent for a 4 bedroom house) and don't want to move out of our city due to our older two being in public school and our entire community feeling like home to us. A 2 bedroom place is the only way we can really cut a large portion (about $1000/month!) off our rent. Part of me is excited to simplify, get rid of things we don't need and live in a smaller space. Part of me wonders if we should just stay in the 4 bedroom place we rent now and just barely scrape by financially....because if we stay here long term, we would have enough bedrooms when the kids are older they could each have their own space. I try to remind myself that we live in a very elitist society where we think that children should have their own space, and we think that we NEED way more stuff or space than we actually do. I wonder if my family can embrace the downsizing with me- or if we are just going to feel crammed into a space in which we don't fit. Buying is not an option right now, and probably won't be for about 10 years.
Can people please share their experiences living in a small space (2 bedrooms or less) with 3 or more children? How do you keep it simple? Where does everyone sleep? Where do you store all the "stuff" (sports equipment, bikes, backpacks, shoes, jackets, toys, etc) that amasses in your home with several children around? Do you like having a small space?