Dreaming Small

Write about your dream home.

I used to think that bigger was better. I guess that’s because we lived in a small house for about 20 years. When we moved we had long since outgrown that house. Now our home is over 3500 square feet and our kids will be moving out soon. So it seems overwhelming. Plus, after my mother-in-law, who was a hoarder, passed away and we had to deal with so much stuff, we really don’t want to have to do that again. And we don’t want our kids to have to deal with our junk. So we’ve slowly been decluttering in preparation to downsize. Right now the market in our area is horrible for buyers. It’s still a pretty good seller’s market, but where would we live if we sold our house??

lakeside wooden house with view of mountains
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I would love to have a house on the lake. That is definitely part of my dream.

small wooden house in countryside
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Maybe even a tiny house? I’m fascinated with the tiny house movement, but I’m afraid that the novelty would quickly wear off.

I have a general layout in mind. It would be one story with a neutral color palette on the walls and floors with vibrant pops of color everywhere. I can envision a bohemian, free-spirited theme at least in part of the house. I always pick comfy furniture so that wouldn’t change. Mainly, it just needs to be happy and peaceful with a view of the water and lots of outdoor living space. That will satisfy me.

What would your dream home be?


  1. Dreaming is a good thing and you’ll figure out what suits you in this phase of your life. The dreaming is so fun.

    Have a fabulous day and week. โ™ฅ

  2. Your journey from thinking that bigger is better to now preparing to downsize shows that our priorities and preferences can change over time. It’s commendable that you’re taking proactive steps to declutter and simplify your life before downsizing. A house on the lake with a neutral color palette, vibrant pops of color, and an outdoor living space sounds like a dream come true. It’s important to create a home that brings us happiness and peace, and it seems like you have a clear vision of what that would look like for you. As for my dream home, I envision a cozy cabin in the woods with a fireplace, surrounded by nature, and a large porch for stargazing at night.

  3. I donโ€™t understand the desire for a giant mansion of a house. Itโ€™s such a waste of resources.

  4. You said it! Smart and being considerate of your children is huge! I am afraid that once my MIL passes that we are going to be responsible for cleaning up a two story home with all the impossible nook and crannies .

  5. I remember living in an apartment that only had 900 square feet. I didn’t like living like that. There wasn’t enough room for my and my husband’s stuff and our two cats. A couple of years ago, we bought a house. It has almost 1500 square feet. We don’t have any kids, so it’s the perfect size for us. I’d say my dream home is the one we’re living in now. We won’t move again unless we have to go to a nursing home. Hopefully, that’s a long time away for me.

  6. Iโ€™m less concerned about the inside than I am about the exterior and surrounding area (though a part of me does love the rustic farm-house vibe and would love to have high ceilings with tall windows in the living room) Exterior-wise I would love to have a pool in the backyard maybe a garden with some fruit trees but what is really essential is a breathtaking view and place to either watch the sunrise or sunsets. ๐ŸŒ…๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿ˜Ž

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