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18 October 2009 @ 04:14 pm
I need-a the space  
Many of you commented that with just two of us we don't need much space, but as the house hunting goes on, my sq footage number has been going up. This bothers me a little, since I realize that North American's already live in larger homes than most nations, but I think I have reasons why. Maybe I'm just rationalizing, so I thought I would voice them here:

Most listings are using an inflated number. If you actually add up the numbers they list for the actual rooms, it's usually almost half the quoted total number.

I have a lot of hobbies, and they are space consuming (woodworking and music being the most space consuming.) I would love to have enough room to feel comfortable leaving my easle set up, so maybe I would start painting again. I don't know how much of it is fear of making of a mess and just lack of inspiration. My wood working shop is WAY too small (I can't buy any more tools until I have more space and can barely move the wood around to work with the tools I do have) and I would love to have enough space for my "cello club" to meet and not bang bows. And enough space to swing a bachi would also be nice. Should I have fewer hobbies? perhaps.

Many people trade personal space for good resturants, theaters and other public spaces. Greg and I don't really do that. We spend a whole lot of time in our house. This means that we have things, like greg's exercise equpiment, that other people might use the gym for. We also don't tend to use our porch or yard, which many people use as extra living space. I feel like because we spend so much time here, it's alright to be looking for a fancier home than "just two people need."

So that's my thinking.
ξενική μὲν, χρησίμη δὲtla on October 18th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Makes sense to me. People adapt to the space they're in. You & Greg have adapted to the space you've got, so it would therefore be effort to reduce that space usage, and it's up to you to judge the cost of that effort.

(says she in the tiny British house, having adapted to this, but now adapting to the rather more spacious Swiss apartment with all its cupboards and not sure that we would ever be able to both move back into this house...)
Pipamama_pipa on October 18th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Whoever criticized you for your square footage should go to hell... its your living space and only you know what you need. This is why houses come in many shapes and sizes; for different people with different lifestyles.

I hope that's not too strong, but I have the opposite problem, in that people think that that _because_ I am a family of four, how can I possibly want anything less than some arbitrary figure they pulled out of their backside. And it irritates me.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on October 19th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
I do think that's too strong. I don't want my friends to go to hell or to stop giving me advice.
Pipamama_pipa on October 19th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
I appreciate that. :)
pekmezpekmez on October 19th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
I think that it isn't something you should feel guilty about, but on the other hand it's certainly a privilege to be able to choose to have space to do all of these things.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy it and look for space that lets you do what you want! I mean, heck, your hobbies are a privilege too....

I feel like we also have tons more space than we actually *need*, but I think it would take a huge adjustment for me *not* to leave things in progress spread out, not to have areas dedicated to single uses. It bothers me a lot less when space is used rather than filled with impressiveness and oversized furniture.
sauergeeksauergeek on October 19th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
Buy an Epu from Tumbleweed!
Binkbinkbink on October 19th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
I want several of those. One for art, one for crafts, one for shop, one for storage of materials, one for my office, one for my electronics components, one for my electronics assembly . . . guest bedroom, library (2), trash and recycling waiting to go to the street, not enough room for a pool table.
Camilla Foxcfox on October 19th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
I feel much the same way, but I still wonder how much of the studies on happiness (roughly that most people are too biased towards choosing space over locational convenience) do apply.

Maybe you get something quite reasonable, if you model your setup/cleanup time for each project as 'commute' and still strive to minimize your combined regular commutes.

Whether you get (or will get) a cleaning service, may also factor into it - I currently have a (portion of a) very large space, and I think hiring cleaners is necessary to keep me honest, as far as actually using the space goes.