I am enjoying catching up on Dee’s blog, Losing Stuff Gaining Freedom. She is getting ready to move into a 20 foot trailer as her living space for at least a year, so she is shedding her belongings and prepping for living light. This got me thinking…
We Like Our Home
I enjoy my home. It’s fantastic for my husband and me right now. It’s the opposite dream from Dee’s though – definitely not minimalist. It’s 3750 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 4 full baths. I’ll admit it, it’s a McMansion. And I love it.
My husband and I work from home and two of our friends live with us too, so we do make use of the space. The 4 of us rarely get in each other’s way but we have the room in any one area to hang out together too. My husband and I share an office and frequently can be found hanging out together in the media room, but when we want to be apart, we can be. He can watch sports downstairs while I watch scary movies in the media room. He can play video games in one room while I read a book in the library. Overall, our dream space is just that – space. But I’m not close-minded. I can see the draw of living with less stuff.
Stuff does mean more maintenance. Maintenance means time and time is precious. So, as with money, it’s about finding the right balance for yourself.
What’s Your Dream Living Space?
Are you a minimalist? Or do you want more house than you need? What’s your personal dream home?
While I sit here and just think about it, my true “dream home” would be more handicapped accessible than what we have now. When my grandparents visit, it’s become obvious that it is not friendly for anybody having difficulty getting around. Steps to get into the house, tight corners, etc. I’m betting we move within the next 20-30 years into a one-story home with a master bedroom, master bath, living room, and a media room that is similar to what we have now. Then we’d just need 2-3 more bedrooms (an office and 1-2 guest bedrooms). I would like our current kitchen, but I’d have set the built-in microwave a bit differently and we’d have a completely different dishwasher. But we’d still be talking about 2000-2500 square feet. I’m not a minimalist at heart.
That said, I am really looking forward to an overnight visit to Dee’s trailer when she moves in. It will be insanely fun to have a sleepover in a home about the size of my dorm room in college. I’m already thinking about talking from the couch and her from the bed, and possibly popping outside to have a small camp fire or something. Sounds fun, right?!
What’s your dream home?
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