I remember the day my husband and I looked at our house for the first time with our realtor.
I was just five steps through the front door and I knew it was ours.
It was way more space (and money) than I was prepared for as a kid just two years out of college, but I couldn’t deny the feeling I had when I was within its walls. I could see our future children playing in the living room. I could smell the family dinners in the kitchen. I could hear the cheers in the basement from the parties held there for the big games. I could feel the fun to be had at our backyard barbecues.
While the emotional side of me was on board to throw the offer down, my logical voice kept screaming, “It’s too much SPACE!! What are we going to do with all of this SPACE?!”
Ten years, three kids and countless memories later… I assure you we’ve come up with an answer. Two kids are bunked. The baby’s nursery is also the guest room. Boxes are on top of each other in storage. Corners are utilized for things that don’t have a place or for clean laundry that no one wants to fold. Bins of keepsake things are collecting dust in closets. Drawers are stuffed with randomness that no one has time to go through. Toys are in bins wherever bins shall fit.
The question is no longer about what we will do with all of the space.
Instead, I’ve been asking myself how I can get some of it back.