Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: grasslands of saskatchewan
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Our house is 720 sq feet, with 2 bedrooms (1 for everyone to sleep and the other is used for play space for ds) We are expecting # 2 in September. We use our back hall/laundry room also as a computer space.
The only way we can make this space work is because we have a big garage that is all ours to store lots of our stuff in. For example, I keep all of my craft stuff out there, and pull it in for specific projects, sports stuff, camping stuff, etc.
I would say it really depends on storage space as a key element, but we also tend to save (like I saved all ds clothes for dc#2, so they are in the garage, etc.)...
We also have a yard, which is another saving fgrace for us...and the main reason we chose house over apartment (and laundry, we CD, and so to drag laundry up and down to apartment facilities would have been a real pain..).
Ultimately, it comes down to what stuff you have and need....you'll find dd might need more space as she grows older (especially if you are in a place where the winters are long and cold ...we're in canada, and start to feel a bit house bound in the winter when it's -30C)....then the space feels small and confining.
As for her having her own space, prob also more important the older she gets....our ds played in the living room for the first 15 months of his life and was perfectly happy with it....I like him having his own space because my living room now can also be a living room, not just a play space, and as he gets older and likes to play alone a bit, his room gives him the space in which to do that. But, I think he was perfectly happy to be in the public space as well.....maybe not so much as a 7 year old. I think a lot of our perceptions of need for space come from a societal belief that young kids need independence...I think we already puch that so hard in our society....also, if kid plays in common space, they are easier to supervise while you cook, clean, whatever.
Good luck with the decision.