I read this post recently from Becoming Minimalist’s Joshua Becker and found myself agreeing with every word:
Since we’ve decided to buy a home, I’ve been thinking a lot about our real needs. Our current home, while lovely, is simply too big for us. A lot of people would be surprised to hear that, since it’s a 4/3 and there are 9 bodies here.
But it’s true. There are large areas of our home that are never used or underutilized.
Below, our never-used fireplace. Taken in January 2015 at Josiah’s homecoming. (Side note: Wow how the kids have changed!)
Our living room – half of it is empty all the time. The ceilings are tall, which looks lovely, but bites us in the backside every month when we pay our utility bills. We can’t feel the air coming down from the ceiling fans, not to mention changing the light bulbs and cleaning the fan blades is a major hassle.