The mighty Bow River. Canmore, Alberta. Aug '12.
Earlier in the week, I went out to dinner with a friend who was in town from Chicago. Since she and I both have 15-month old's (her son, Max, was Alice's first boyfriend!), we were talking about our kids and this guy overhead our conversation and then the three of us swapped stories about the crazy-and-emotional toddler stage we are all currently experiencing. I mentioned that we're moving home and talked about our plans to live in a small space with Alice. His eyes grew wide and then he said...
"You are going to live in how many square feet with a kid?!?"
When I told him the size of our loft and our plans to create a functional living space for our family of three he started shaking his head and said that his 5,000 square-foot house felt small with his wife and three young sons and that we wouldn't last in our loft for more than a year.
Anyone in my family will tell you that I am not one to back down when someone challenges me. So his scoffing of our plan was my invitation to challenge him on why he thinks he needs so much space. I told him my thoughts on how I believe a bigger house leads to owning more stuff, most of which sits in a closet or a room somewhere collecting dust. Surprisingly he agreed with me and then even confided that he had a gym put into his house a few years ago which now rarely gets used. And then I said...
"Case in point, buddy."
As I've gotten older I've started to care less about what society expects me to do. Our wedding was an example of this. And now our plans for small space living with children will be, too. Go against the grain of what society expects. Do what makes sense for you and yours. And, most importantly, do what makes you happy.
All within reason (and the law!), of course.
P.S. If you need a little more inspiration to live small and own less stuff, check out this story.