Met a friend the other day for lunch at an Asian bistro and this was in my fortune cookie:
“No need to worry! You will always have everything that you need.”
(Don’t you love the happy exclamation point?)
Underneath my fortune were my lucky numbers- perhaps I’m meant to play those numbers, win the lottery, and thus get everything I need.
It did get me thinking about what “everything you need” meant for me. This came into play later in the week when my husband and I were house hunting and found one with an incredible asking price. We were wandering the home, taking note off features we loved and renovations we would do. Yet as many cool features as the house had, there was something nagging at me, something saying that this wasn’t the house.
It was too big.
It was almost 2100 square feet, hardly a McMansion, but certainly spacious for a family of three, at least in my book. But I realized that we would need A LOT more furniture to fill the rooms and wondered why? If I have to buy that much more shit to fill the house, maybe it’s too big of a house.
Let’s be clear- I’m hardly looking to go minimalist- a pool, a guest room/studio, a master bath and a two-car garage are all on our “needs” list. But I look at the current house we’re renting, with the dining room that we never eat in, even when guests come over, the living room that is operating as my studio right now, and the family room where we spend all of our time. A great room and eat-in kitchen suits our needs much better than a formal living and dining room, so why fight it? Why buy something just so I can purchase more “stuff” to fill it, spend more time cleaning it, and pay more money to heat and cool it?
And so as great as the 2100 sq. ft. home was, we’re actually looking at something almost 500 feet smaller that still has everything we need.
What about you? What are your thoughts on living spaces and how much is enough? Does your location & family situation come into play?