A few weeks ago, I dropped my daughter off for a play date in a neighborhood very different from ours. I was in awe of the size of the homes as soon as we pulled into the development. These homes were monstrous, at least two times the size of our 1800 square foot home. I wasn’t so much inspired by the aesthetics of the homes as much as the size of them.
I’ve been feeling a little cramped lately. Recently, all 4 of us were trying to brush our teeth at the same time in our one and only full bathroom. As we were elbowing each other for spitting room, I realized that with the kids at 4 and almost 2, it is easy now, but what will happen when they are older. How cramped will I/we feel then?
Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of reasons for me to love our home.
- We love our neighborhood. The homes in it are over 40 years old and many of the existing homeowners still reside in them. The neighbors are very friendly and everyone looks out for each other.
- Our home is also just minutes from my husband’s office and makes it easier on us when he works a lot of hours.
- We love the size of our mortgage. We refinanced a year ago and we now have about 7 years left on our mortgage.
But there are some things that I would change if I could.
- We only have a one car garage and we haven ‘t been able to put a car in it for years. It is full of our stuff, like bikes, scooters, and outdoor toys.
- Also as I stated above, we only have one full bathroom that is becoming more and more cramped.
As I was driving away from the play date, I started dreaming about what I could do with all of that space. No more elbowing at the bathroom sink. I could have my own office. The kids could have their own play room. With a three car garage, there would be room for both vehicles and all of our bikes and outdoor toys. I bet they don’t have to shovel their cars out of the snow. Those cars are probably nice and toasty during a snow storm.
Okay, back to my reality. We genuinely love our home. We are on track to pay off our mortgage early. My utilities are probably half of that big home’s bills. Our quarter acre lot is very easy to take care of. And we love our cozy, little neighborhood. I also know that the size of one’s home doesn’t always equate to the size of one’s balance sheet.
I am trying to make myself feel better, but I still have house envy. Somehow I have to get over it. I think I will go work through my feelings with a big plate of Christmas cookies and a big glass of milk.
Do you ever get house envy? Please tell us how you cope!!