Wednesday, April 17, 2013

It's What's Inside That Counts


My early childhood was spent living in a tiny farm house (not this one but certainly no bigger).  I have never lived in anything anyone would consider a large house.  The house we own right now is 1020 sq ft.  Small.  Below average.  (Average being 2250 sq ft from 2011 statistics for Canada and U.S.)

I see some of these new big beautiful homes being built and I am envious and think that perhaps we should sell ours and buy something bigger.  But then I remember that our mortgage will be paid off soon and that I could retire in a smaller cozy home or keep working for another 20 years in order to pay off the mortgage on a big new beautiful home.  

Besides, it's not the size of the home that matters, it's the amount of love that is inside it right?

Plus...I can't keep the dust bunnies tamed in my house now, what would I do if I had a bigger one???

Now don't get me wrong, if the opportunity ever arrived where we could buy a big new home but not have a huge mortgage with it, I would totally jump at it. I would just make sure I could also hire a maid to dust once a week.  ;)

49 comments:

a-l-t-i said...

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Tamago said...

I totally agree with you Catherine! What's inside really counts. And yes, there are many many dust bunnies in bigger home :-)

Lin said...

I'm with ya...we have a small house and now that the kids are gone, it's really the perfect size. I just want more storage though, and a total upgrade of the whole place. The size doesn't matter to me--it's just updating that would be nice. But alas, I have 2 kids to put through college now. :( It will have to wait.

Mary Ann said...

Small is good. I've often wished for a larger home but we have no mortgage so why move and we are sorta empty nesters now so what's the point. Plus the thought of sorting out and packing all the accumulation of living here for almost 36 years is frightening:)

Pam said...

Our house is pretty big, but it's not fancy by today's standards - but it's paid for!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Some homes are ridiculously large. We considered a few when we were house hunting not long ago. We settled for something just a wee bit smaller than we had previously. I guess it is still considered too big by some people, but when we tried to look for something to downsize into we simply couldn't find what we wanted. The good thing is that interest rates have come down a bit.... I say stick with the smaller house that is paid off. We love living without a mortgage!

Deb said...

We'll be building 1300 sq ft. Small and easy to clean. And you are so right; it's what's inside that counts. hugs

Crafting Queen said...

Could not image having a huge house, all that cleaning. Hope you and Banjo have some sunshine today. Hugs ANesha and Skipper

Fuzzy Tales said...

I would NOT want a large home. But I would LOVE a cute bungalow with a large and private back yard! I'd take that any day over some "grand" home.

Sandra said...

I lived in a converted chicken coop for the first 10 years of my life, 700 sq feet turned into 4 rooms. the house we are in now is 1250 sq feet, we chose the smaller and it was paid off in 1998 when my husband turned 62 and retired. this is the largest house i have ever lived in, my other homes were 1000 or less. my friend raised her 6 children in a 4 bedroom 1000 sq foot house. the rooms barely held 2 beds each and they were the happiest family i knew. and i am with you, this house is way to big to clean. and unless there is money for house maids, smaller is better. i see people with bedrooms on TV that are almost the size of our house. so what in the world to people do in those rooms. a spot for a bed is all we need, and when i see those gorgeous giant bathrooms with all that glass and marble i shudder to think how much work to keep it clean. happiness is not connected to space we live in and i do believe that.

SweetMarie said...

I only want a larger home if I have a lot of extra money for maid service. :) Mortgage free sounds really nice!
I've known people with really large nice houses without love...really sad.
Happy hump day to you!

Penelope's Beehive said...

A small, cozy home filled with love, and felines is perfect for me.
Wishing you a happy day Catherine!
Hugs ...
Judy x

Brian said...

I agree with you, too big is too much work. The proper care of dust bunnies is important too!

Cheri Wildcatwoods said...

I would love a larger home and we were planning on building one but it all fell thru when the economy collapsed. We ended up with a small home but it is paid for so now we can relax and enjoy our time instead of working day and night to pay off the new one. Things do work out for the best altho at the time it doesn't seem that way!

cats of wildcat woods

TexWisGirl said...

oh, your size home sounds perfect! i'd never want a monstrosity. i can hardly clean the 1 1/2 baths we have now...

Terri said...

All I can think about is retirement and how nice it will be when the house we live in is paid for...can't wait for that day!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

To me it's all those bathrooms to clean...to much work.

Because in the end, how many of us would really get that maid service?

We lived in a 800 square foot condo, and then last year moved to this house..it's just under 2000 ft...and it's feeling so big. I wonder how families that have monster mansions live?

The water, the sewer, the resources it takes to build, and upkeep, the carbon footprint...it's almost selfish in a way...I read somewhere once that they predict those houses will be like dinosaurs when the fossil fuels run out, because there will not be a way to heat them.

Your house sounds perfect, and so does mine.

Jen

The Cat Guy said...

one of the challenges with small house is the density of cats. my house is less than 1000 sqft and with five cats that means you are never far away from a cat, which is a good thing!

I figured area would be measured in square meters in Canada. Are you just being nice to us unsophisticated non-metric peeps?

S. Etole said...

Sounds like your home is filled with love and that is what counts the most.

BeadedTail said...

A maid? That's what I need! Our house doesn't feel big but it's 2400 sq ft. Cleaning is a pain though so I need a maid!

Kerri said...

Actually I prefer small homes. Less room to store junk - which reminds me I have a LOT Of JUNK to get rid of!

Betsy Adams said...

I've never lived in a HUGE house either --and would NOT want one at this stage of my life... Our retirement home is only about 1600 sq. ft. but it's perfect for us. I certainly wouldn't want to have a big mortgage to pay at my age...

You are right.. Who wants to clean all of the dust bunnies in a BIG house?

Hugs,
Betsy

Pantherka said...

It's not easy ... but a small house and a lot of love in it ... You just worth everything ...

Carolynn Anctil said...

Honestly? They can have their big houses. Give me cute and cozy any day of the week. I've lived in 800 sq.ft. condos, or smaller, for most of my adult life. When we moved into our new 1,400 sq.ft. home, I was exhausted from all the walking it took to get the simplest things done. I kid you not. It's nice to have space to move without constantly bumping into your partner, but then, like you say, there's the cleaning of it to consider. Coming from the west coast where monster homes are the norm, I find see them as glaring examples of excess. Pass.

Ann said...

Totally agree with you on all counts. I also live in a small house and have dreamed of a bigger one but frankly I have enough trouble keeping this one clean

Lúcia said...

Sometimes I become so angry, it's all about money in our world, in my neighbourhood buying a brand new home/flat is for rich people, not normal people like me...
You have a beautiful home, with a nice garden, and lovely visitors. ;-)
xo

It's me said...

We always have lived in a small house...since 4 years we have a bigger one.....no maid !!...clean up myself with the help of my dear husbunny.....so it is fun to live small but even live large.....love Ria...xxx..

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Catherine,
We don't live in a big house either; even though with the digging out of the basement for adding a bedroom; living and shower with toilet did certainly ADD to its size. Enough for keeping clean and enough for heating or cooling; that is a very important fact as well. When we grow old(er) we never know how well we will be able to handle it all on our own. No money for a maid so we have to use our brains first! I would say, just stay where you are!
Hugs,
Mariette

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Yours is big by my standards... my tiny cottage is shy of 800 sq. feet.
Perfect size for all I need. Now the yard is another thing. I have a large garden and wish I had more land for chickens and pheasants and extra doggies and kitties.
Besides home is where the heart is and ours is content right where we are.
Susan x

troutbirder said...

Good attitude. We divided our property, sold the old house, built a smaller one to my spouses exact specifications and retired with the new one paid off from the old and the property. And never looked back...:)

Mary said...

Wonderful things come on small packages! And i agree, the fewer the dust bunnies, the better. We live in an 1150 square foot ranch house in a suburb of Portland, OR and couldn't be happier. We have awesome neighbors, and we wouldn't 'trade up' for anything. Love the big houses to look at though, especially the old farmhouses.. :)

Susan said...

I love my small house, but when all the kids and grandkids are here, I wish I had a larger one. Oh well....

Linens and Royals said...

Small is cozy, imagine the heating bill in a large house. And all that cleaning. No, stay where you are.

Hot Rocks said...

Yes, big homes require a lot more housework. I have a big house, but no maid. I love my space but there is always some room that needs cleaning.

Hot Rocks said...

Yes, big homes require a lot more housework. I have a big house, but no maid. I love my space but there is always some room that needs cleaning.

Heather said...

For the most part, I've always lived in small houses or apartments, however, the last house I lived in (only for about a year) was about 2800 sq feet... too many rooms to clean and I filled it with "stuff"... now our home is less than 1000 sq feet and sometimes I wish I had more storage space or a larger laundry room, but I'm here to live life and not live for my home, bigger home, bigger work... as long as you are happy then it's perfect... and I'm happy! Cheers~

Sylvia said...

I agree, Catherine, our house is not so big, but we have a large garden ... oh my, my husband and I have been gardening today, lots of things to do :-)
Nice evening,
Sylvia

Tammy said...

It's definitely the thoughts of having to do more cleaning that keep me from ever wanting a big house:)

missing moments said...

We have a large house and trust me, it's not all that it's cracked up to be. More cleaning, more maintenance, more stuff!!!! We are in the process of downsizing and I'm loving it!

The Smiths said...

We'd prefer small & cosy anytime!

Have a lovely weekend Catherine.

Kay & Sime xx

Becca said...

A cozy house filled with love is ultimately the ideal situation, especially if you don't have a mortgage payment! I see houses all the time that I love...most are on a cliff overlooking Puget Sound, and I dream of living in a house like that. So a girl can dream can't she?Heck, I'd love to have the house across the street that just went on the market for 1.5 mill...sigh...oh well, maybe I should work more. Lol Have a nice weekend!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I think small and cozy is just right. Bigger is definitely not better. It just means more money and more stuff and those certainly are not the important things in life. :) Have a great day! Tammy

Jaime said...

I love living in small spaces. I love the cozy factor.
I mean, I wouldn't want to live in something the size of a closet, but small is beautiful. And oh yes... so much easier to keep clean!! I prefer real bunnies to dust bunnies. ;)

Nancy said...

Your post so hits the nail on the head....It's not about size but about the love and relationships that abide inside the house. There are lonely sad people that live in big houses and small houses so what is important are the people inside....

Nancy Claeys said...

Knowing your home will be paid off soon is worth so much these days and big homes don't always bring happiness, but just more headaches!

BumbleVee said...

believe it....the maid would be imperative!

Katy Noelle said...

That's so funny, Cat... (btw, I'm reading the post about your small home... =) )

I was just thinking - we live in a HUGE house. It seems that way, anyway! and I'm so very grateful - we upgraded from a dysfunctional postage stamp to twenty acres but.... the mess!! The dust! and it, sometimes, takes me an hour just to vacuum the downstairs. Of course, three dogs, a rabbit, a bird, a ton of houseplants and three absent minded sons might contribute to that. Not to mention the dust from the dirt road and a field full of hay! =P Exhausting!!!

If your home is functional - small and cozy is the loveliest thing in the world!! =) xxo

and, yes, I'm back - come to see if spring had come for you, too! It looks hopeful! ;)

but I'm just reading along and trying to catch up quietly, this time. I'm smack-dab in the middle of two desperately busy weeks! =/ All wonderful things, though! =)

xxo

Splendid Little Stars said...

yep, it's the amount of love inside! Largeness does not happy make.
Paying off the mortgage and being free of that debt would make for such a feeling of freedom. My hubby and I are working towards that goal now.

Kitties Blue said...

We have a very big house that the humans have lived in for 29 years. It is 101 years old and very hard to keep clean with us eight kitties. The human's were so excited when it was paid for and our Dad could retire. We liked that bunches too. Mom has always said she would be happy in a very small house, but we think we might go a little crazy when we couldn't get away from each other! Being happy no matter where you live is what's important. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat on My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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