I'd like to join in!
Our house is between 1000 - 1100 square feet, and there are 3 & 1/3 of us (4 in February
). 1 bathroom. 1 dog. 2 cats. And sometimes, I seriously feel like I am going insane. I'm a SAHM in a fairly dead community, so I spend A LOT of time here!
A lot of it, I think, is the colors we painted. The living room is pretty dark, without great lighting. There's a big picture window, so in the summertime it's fine, but in the winter in northwestern PA it gets so dark so early. It's painted a brown called "comforting," which is nice when it's light - but not nice when it's dim inside! In August, before my husband goes back to school, I think we're painting and redecorating the living room. Maybe revitalizing it a bit will help!
I also can't stand the clutter, and have a hard time convincing DH to get rid of it. "That was expensive!" is heard a lot, whether it was an expensive gift (from his first marriage
) or something that was expensive years ago that has been used past us loving it ... he won't let me get rid of it without trying to put it on Ebay first, which means taking time taking pictures and writing descriptions of stuff that I just think is CRAP and needs to be taken to Goodwill!
I also wish we could have company. We've got our sleeping room and then another bedroom where we have a queen sized bed set up, along with our computer - but the bed fills the WHOLE ROOM, literally. There's about a foot perimeter on one side that you can go through to get into the closet, where we keep all of DS's clothes. I proposed revamping that room - turning it into more of an open space where I could do yoga, for instance - and the answer was, "But we spent money turning it into another bedroom!" Yes. We did. And I hate it. UGH.
It's frustrating, because I don't think it's an issue of space - it's an issue of the way our space is being used, which right now is to store old junk (and new junk - for example, my husband's brother makes wooden bowls out of burls off of trees, which are beautiful, but which we are now getting for every. single. holiday.). I'm officially inspired, and going to go clean out a closet! Hooray!
Question for all of you: how do you gently remind people not to give you, well, crap? We've said so many times that what we want for holidays/birthdays are donations (The Preeclampsia Foundation is our pet charity), but people insist on giving us stuff, stuff, and more stuff! And we DON'T HAVE ROOM! And then, if it was expensive, I'm not allowed to get rid of it unless I try to get money for it! Dyah! Do any of you have a great way to remind family of your space limitations around the holidays?