Originally Posted by marybethorama
I also am the only person in my social circle (well, not that I really have one) but at least in our playgroup etc. that has a small house. I feel stupid saying that because there are plenty of small houses around and people do of course live in them but in our playgroup everyone has huge (renovated) or new houses...
I feel stupid for feeling uncomfortable.
It's just hard being different from everyone else.
THANK YOU for saying that! I feel the same way. Most people I know have 2000+ square feet, and sometimes I feel embarassed about our house. I feel guilty for being embarassed though, because material things aren't important, it's not a competition, and I need to be grateful for what I have and that we can make it on one salary.
Our house is 913 square feet, plus a sunroom that is 178 square feet. So according to our most recent appraisal, we have about 1092 square feet of livable space. This would be ok if the sunroom space was more space IN our house rather than one that is attached on. Because it gets hot and cold and the window ac/heater doesn't keep up and the roof leaks and bugs get in there, etc...
We just don't have a lot of room for guests. Our living room is very narrow and our dining "nook" is a poorly organized space, so we can't seat more than 4 people (and even that's tight.) Also, if people sit at the table, you can't open the pantry door to throw things away in the trash, and you can't get up to get something from the kitchen unless you're sitting in a certain seat.
We're a homeschooling family of 3 with a medium-sized dog, and I'm finding that with homeschooling, it's good to have more space, or at least have a very good organizing system.
We are trying to decide whether to move in the next year or if we should focus on making changes to this house to better utilize the space.