I have been pondering this for quite a bit. I am going to try and word this right, because its only meant in a kind sense. Do you think keeping up with the Joneses can mean more than the traditional meaning? Originally keeping up with the Jones family meant whatever they had you had to have it and even nicer if possible. I am noticing a trend, not only on MDC but also in myself. I am doing the exact opposite. Trying so hard not to keep up with the Joneses. Smaller is better. Get rid of everything. Then we set a whole new set of standards that are equally difficult for many to obtain. CDMaze wrote in her other thread about not being able to keep a tiny house clean/neat. I am wondering if she is mentally comparing herself to Delight and her home. This is not a slam at Delight, so please don't take it that way. Delight has one child, and openly said she couldn't imagine three mess makers instead of one in her little space. Are we starting a trend of just the opposite of bigger is better and then when folks can't fit into that way of doing things does it also set us up to feel like a failure? Where is the medium? Where can we be at our comfort zone? What point can we accept us for us? I don't know, I'm just thinking out loud.