House Downsizing

A couple of weeks back I came across a link to We’re downsizing our home on Unclutterer. It the neighborhood arms race of every bigger McMansions, it's nice to read about somebody bucking the trend and downsizing.

Excluding the numerous and relatively small apartments I've lived in, I've had three houses.  And although each has been larger than the previous —950 sq. ft., 1350 sq. ft. and now 1850 sq. ft., the three of them combined don't equal the size of some of the houses being built these days.  Ironically, my first and smallest house (back in Illinois) was and still is my favorite.  It was a 2 bedroom raised ranch on a moderate lot, but it had a 400 sq. ft. deck that ran full length along the backside.  And although I had neighbors on one side, the other side and behind was a 200 acre conservation area that was never to be developed.

My second house was a rather pedestrian 3 bedroom ranch on a decent sized lot.  And my current home is an old (1935) house with a lot of warm oak charm and cold drafts.  Ideally some day I would love to have a house like my first, on the size lot of the second, with the wood charm of the third.  Maybe someday, but for now something that small wouldn't work for us and the kids.  And as time goes by and I do more work on my current house it's harder to see leaving it behind.  But someday I likely will if for no other reason, to escape the suffocating New York state taxes.  But I find it hard to imagine moving into anything much larger that what I already have.  It just encourages you to accumulate more crap and it cost more to heat and maintain.  Thus sign me up for downsizing in the future.
March 18, 2008 @ 12:49 pm | Category:
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