Here's the rub: the house is small. Quite small, and when you add in three children and homeschooling and no storage, it would be a challenge to make it work long term. But the more I think about it the more I love that little house.
So I am asking myself why am I so attracted to a house that is too impractical, and when I think about what it is I really love, it is simply because it is as clean and neat as a pin. I have no doubt that the very same house under a lot of clutter would not have been at all appealing.
We haven't made a decision and are leaning towards staying where we are, but I am acting like we're moving anyway.
Because moving gives you permission to purge.
Every time we move I get rid of anything we don't need, and then moving into a new house feels great because it is clutter-free. In three years at this house the clutter has crept back in, but I realized that I don't need to wait for a move to clean out.
I am thinking about the too-small house and trying to create the same vibe in the house we already live in. I find myself falling in love with this house all over again.
Some things I noticed about the too-small house:
-No clutter anywhere
- Although there isn't much storage, the basement and closets weren't full.
- Clean surfaces
- A tiny kitchen, but pared down to the essentials made it feel welcoming
- Neutral grey tones and sheer white curtains
- A few carefully selected pieces stood out such as a gorgeous light fixture in the dining room, a sharp rug in a bedroom
-They also only had one child so there were about a million fewer piles of toys and coloring papers and random bits of stuff.
- The cable and internet cords and routers were on neat shelves in the basement- no cords in sight. I love this!
- No rugs at the doors. I'm sure this was for staging purposes, but I have removed several of our rugs for the summer and it makes a difference.
- No coats and shoes piled everywhere. I'm not quite sure what they do with their coats and shoes when they come in the door, this is a continual problem for us. With summer here it is much easier to keep the sandals neatly in a shoe basket.
The owners clearly are masters at staging a house. But I learned something which is that perhaps I could fall in love with any house, simply by keeping control of the clutter.
It feels good to move, without having to move.