I am home all day, 1 hour away from civilization, with only a toddler and 3 cats for company... so we watch a good bit of tv. I have seen a lot of home buying shows and what always amazes me is that people always think they need more space. I oftentimes look at their current home and wonder why they're complaining of a lack of storage when there is no wardrobe in their bedroom, or their closets have one bar for hanging clothes!
Ever since getting married we have not chosen one place we moved into, it's all been student housing or church housing. I don't have the luxury to say "this house no longer suites our needs, let's just move". Yeah, imagine telling the whole congregation that the parsonage their great-grandfathers built by hand and which they have lovingly maintained isn't good enough. That probably wouldn't win over many friends!
So we have to make do with a closet-sized kitchen, old faded hardwood floors, and creepy entryways to our attic all over the place. Not to mention the basement that floods and the 2 bedrooms upstairs, 2 bedrooms downstairs layout. Talk about hard to work with! But work with it we must.
Right now I'm still brainstorming and planning to fit a toddler, a new baby, an adopted child, 2 adults, and 3 cats into this home comfortably. I will also be making sure we have a guest room since we will have to host every holiday here and a good space for homeschooling. This calls for a lot of creative thinking, especially to meet my own perfectionistic idea of how I want my home to run.
I'll try to get back to posting more regularly with pictures and ideas from things we have found are working for us so far, specifically with regards to homeschooling stuff.