Update, 4.2018: (Turning of the head, embarrassed look). It happened. This must be how politicians feel when they make promises! Back in 2011, I wrote my original post. Then I was childless. Three kids later, I still agree with everything I wrote, but I’m also seven years older and have accepted that space was bought for the sake of more sanity. We are in a townhouse though and while some days I want a bigger place, I am still not sold. Posting this in remembrance of my younger days=).
I’ve said it many times that I never want to move. I live in a two bedroom condo and I love it. Despite how much I love our place, a considerable number of people have told me that ONE DAY I’m going to want to move into a house. Bigger family, bigger house? Maybe it’s the culture we live in today that makes us believe that we need bigger houses and more space, but I tend to think the contrary. Here are the reasons why I don’t plan on downsizing (meaning I don’t plan on upgrading to a bigger house at least for as long as I can bear). Warning…much the following stems from my observations of aging and the older generation.
Reason #3 – No Community. A baby is on the way and many people have asked me, “Are you going to move to a new place?” One would think that I’d want a separate play room, a nice study, and a basement to store things. Here’s my case. If I keep my small beautiful condo, I might not have room to make my own craft room, exerciseroom and more, but I will learn or be forced to learn to mingle more in the community. Noone wants to be cooper up inside anyways. I can go to the library or Panera to read and work. I can use the gym for exercise and TV. And I can walk the trails for some mother nature time. If we need a bigger space to play with the new baby, what better place to play than at grandma’s? I might want more of my own space at home, but consider how visits to parents and grandparents can prevent isolation that often occurs in aging. The little space I have may force me to make needed visits to the elderly who need it the most.
Reason #4 – More money for other things. With a smaller space, the mortgage and utilities will be much lower than in a possible larger home. Bottom line is that by never upgrading (and never downsizing) I save mucho money. If I cramp all my children (all twoor three I plan to have) in a condo, just like they happen to do in cities like Hong Kong and New York, my family will be more financially able to take family trips internationally, more likely to be able to send all our children to college, and less likely to be in debt. The truth is that none of us need all the gadgets and room that we have.
Something to consider!