SEE UPDATE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!
my DH and i are in the process of renting a 2 brdm home that will house the two of us plus our 14 month old son and our new baby, due in january. it's 900 square feet. small by most people's standards but it seems comfortable to me.
however, since showing the new house to my mom and telling various other family members about the size, all i've heard are negative comments.
"it's too small!"
"you'll regret it when you have two babies!"
"where are you going to LIVE?"
"well that'll be, uh, cozy..."
admittedly, when we have visitors in our current apartment, it DOES seem a little squished... but for everyday living, we're very comfortable. i imagine this house will be the same way, but i'm wondering, am i being realistic? is this a normal-sized house for a four person family? if i minimize clutter and furnishings, does this still seem like an unreasonably tight living situation? i love having my family close and can't ever imagine being stretched across a huge house that doesn't seem cozy or intimate.
it's bothersome because i feel VERY grateful for being able to rent this house at ALL and i can't believe how little support we're getting over the idea.
: it's saving a TON of money and it's one level, which is important to me because keeping my DS off the stairs and having to drag things up and down constantly is a huge PITA.
i just wish i knew if i was really setting myself up for disaster. any input?UPDATE: we've been here almost six months and i absolutely love it. LOVE IT. we don't feel cramped at all. we have done a lot of decluttering and i still have a few rooms that seem a little too busy. we're forced to shop smarter because we have to evaluate need vs. want, "do we NEED this or will it just be a waste of space?" and we've become more frugal because of it. i also love that it's single-level so i don't have to worry about my toddler and the stairs. it's absolutely lovely. if any mamas are struggling with the decision to downsize and simplify, please don't hesitate to do it! it's an awesome experience.
edit: here's a flickr photo tour of our home: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7377343...715617/detail/