Which sounds more fun?
1. Investing in real estate
2. Buying a house
3. Making a home
The McMansioning of America would indicate that many people have mistaken the first two tasks with the third. With all the pressure to expand and fill spaces with more and more stuff (each kid needs POUNDS Of toys), it’s easy to become enslaved to the assumption that each little person needs his or her own room, his or her very own well-organized shelving system.
Architect and unintended revolutionary, Sarah Susanka, has a beautiful series called the Not So Big House, which lays out beautifully the joys of smaller, and well-crafted spaces.
As my family and I try and recapture our gypsy spirits, our cottage hearts swell at the thought of making something homier, better suited, and smaller out of our housing dream. Less fortress, more neighborhood. Less driving, more walking.
I’ve always been enchanted by home, nesting, and finding a place that feels, smells of love. But I’ve often been so busy responding mindlessly to a sense of restlessness, I’ve mistaken adventure for home. Real estate investment for home.
Somewhere in my future is my home sweet cottage. Have you found yours? Your dream home?