Tuesday, February 2, 2010

More isn't always better.

I've been thinking about blogging about this from time to time but then never get around to it.

Bigger isn't always better.  More isn't always better.  I'm speaking in terms of personal belongings.  Like your house and possesions.  Things that you acquire thinking you have to have or you will not be complete.

We live in a modest sized house.  Yet, we have outgrown our house with all these youngin's.  There is ZERO privacy in this house.  Just ask Superdad.

We often get asked about getting a bigger house because we have run out of room.  Sure, that would be nice.  But it's not needed.  We are very happy with the home we have built together.  It couldn't be in a better location in our town.  We are close to everything.

A bigger house just means a bigger place for me to clean.  More furniture to buy.  More money to heat.  More money to cool.  More taxes to pay.  Did I mention, "More for me to clean?"

I just don't see it as a necessity.  Having a bigger house isn't going to make us happier.  You have to be happy with what you have.  We are. 

I have never been one to save or collect things.  I don't even have a yearbook from high school.  Let alone a secret stash of porcelain dolls.  I have a place in the hall closet for craft things.  Just a place to store my yarn, fabric and other assorted craft things.  It shares space with the kids board games and coloring supplies.  The other hall closet has Superdad's books and magazines.  Only a small portion of them because the rest are boxed up in the basement for when we have a toy free wall to build some bookshelves.

Our basement has the washer and dryer.  Boxed up magazines and books.  Christmas decorations.  Easter Decorations.  Other holiday decorations.  Toys that have been outgrown or toys that are no longer played with.  Then there are three pinball machines that Superdad is tinkering with.  And right now we are overflowing with recyclables because they haven't been taken to the drop-off in a week or two, or even three.

I could very well go through my house and get rid of so many things.  I could live off the bare minimum.

Just so I have a warm bed, food to eat and my family around me.  Plus some yarn and my Blackberry.  Oh, and cold beer.  I don't require much and I don't have to acquire much either.

I never understood the need to have all this stuff.  So much stuff you had to pay for storage.  Yeah, I think that is silly.  If it doesn't fit in the house you live in then you don't need it.

How much do you live with?

3 comments:

guurrrl said...

In 2006 I moved to, "in the middle of nowhere" Arkansas for 6 weeks. Before I moved I got rid of everything I owned, except for my photo albums and a few videos of my son. I also lived in an area without cell service and did not have internet while I was there. That is when I learned that I really do not need much. I did miss my cell phone because I did not have a reliable way to talk to family and friends!

Julie said...

We have 6 people in a 3 bedroom 2000 sq ft. home. It suits me just fine!

See my hubby's family (6 people)was in a 3 story, 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom, 2 kitchen home when I met him. The kids all grew up and moved out. Hubby's dad died and his mom was left with this MASSIVE house she couldn't take care of or afford.

We maybe snug in out little house, but it won't last forever and one day we'll miss all the "togetherness" a smaller home allows :)

Heather Nicole said...

i wish that is all that was in my basement. i dont know why i feel the need to hang on to memorabilia from my childhood. supermom have you kids ever once asked to see stuff ffrom your childhood?? my mom is such a pack rat and i am trying not to be but a little of her has rubbed off on me. my idea of a vacation right now would be one week with no responsibilities aka hubby and baby so that i could get the clutter (junk) out of our house! ok so i really wouldnt want to be away from them for that long but i would love the clutter gone!

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