As you know from a previous post, I really want to downsize my house and yard but am going to be living here for 5 to 6 more years. I have been contemplating how to make myself happier with that reality and truly I am grateful that, in the midst of all of the economic difficulties and lots of foreclosures, this is my biggest problem with my house! However, I really resent spending time and money on this place but I do want to be more satisfied with it. We are chipping away at some minor maintenance and improvement projects on our list.
While on vacation I read this interesting article in USA Today - Digital cloud devours our books, CDs, DVDs, photos . What was interesting from a home perspective is the discussion about how entire parts of rooms and lots of furniture have become obsolete as books and media become digital. As late adapters of technology we aren't there yet but it got me thinking about doing some research on how people are changing how they use their homes.
This led me to an interesting blog that I have added to my list, The Little Old Lady Stays Put, where the author talks about trying to stay in her home by sharing the space and upkeep while also looking at other living situations. She led me to this book, Right-Sizing Your Home: How to Make Your House Fit Your Lifestyle, which I haven't ordered yet but am thinking about getting. The concept is certainly what I need to think about.
I'm going to keep working away at rethinking my home's spaces, including the yard, and furniture and see if I can create a more satisfying experience while living here. Have any of you done the same? Ideas please!