- You have a special party room but it’s never used because everyone fits in the kitchen.
- You have cleaning kits all over the house because it’s too far to walk to have supplies in one place.
- A multi-purpose room means adding storage – a guest room and storage, a playroom and storage, a dining room and storage, a garage and storage, a laundry room and storage, an office and storage…
- Spare bathrooms have water stains in the toilet from standing/evaporating water.
- Social events and opportunities are passed over for home maintenance or home improvement projects.
- Shopping for furniture has been an ongoing, long term hobby.
- You miss visitors and FedEx packages because you can’t hear knocking or the doorbell.
- You are considering an intercom system.
- Your 48″ television screen feels small.
- Sections of the house are referred to as “wings”.
- You’ll sweep, but only scrub floors for visitors – it’s too much for any other reason.
- Ecosystems are destroyed when cleaning far recesses of the house (think spiderwebs).
- Buying stuff you don’t need (yet) on sale is a good idea, because there’s a place to put it.
- Keeping stuff you don’t use is a good idea because who knows when that might change, and besides, there is a place to put it.
This list is autobiographical, and fortunately historical. Our former house was too big for us. Looking outward we never would have realized to how crazy our lives were because everyone else’s lives were crazy too. Looking inward – the inefficiencies in our lives were undeniable.
Ironically, we lived in 2200 square feet of a 3200 square foot home (we leased 1000 square feet to a renter/roommate) – a totally “normal” sized space. Check out the graph below of new home builds over the years – too big is the new normal.
We right sized, and for us that meant downsized.
Do you (or did you) notice any clues your house is/was too big?