In the past two weeks, Aaron and I have toured a handful of houses on the market. I look at the MLS nearly every day (and have for many years) but for whatever reason, we took it a step further and actually walked through a couple of homes. It was all very exciting.
The photos you see here are the actual homes we toured. If you’re local and you want details I would be happy to provide but it feels weird putting the link to their listing here? Most of these are still occupied…
I’d be lying if I said we are completely content with our current home. We’re struggling with the size of the house and the neighborhood. The size: living small is great (especially financially) but somewhere along the way I’ve started to yearn for more space. The lack of space feels so confining and claustrophobic at times. And then there’s the neighborhood. I would love a neighborhood where I could feel comfortable and safe walking the dogs alone. I would love to be able to forget to lock my doors and have it be no big deal.
And we toured many homes that could give us just that. Lots of space (a real craft room! more than one bathroom!) and in much better neighborhoods.
But then something happened.
You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you’re really excited about something but deep down you know it’s not the right thing to do? That’s the feeling that we got when we were in these houses. At first we thought it might be the house, but it quickly became clear that it was because of us!
The truth is… we’re not done loving our current home. Sure, there’s not a lot of space to stretch in this home, but what we realized is that it has given us a different type of space. The space and freedom to travel, the space to pay off our debts and heck, the space to spend time living instead of maintaining (minus that whole gutters thing) and cleaning.
Who knew it would take a couple of beautiful homes to remind us that our current home is the one we truly love. The freedom and comfort we feel here is hard to match.
We spent a lot of time this past weekend showing our home a little love. We cleaned, we shined, we de-cluttered. I think the laundry room refresh will further reinforce our newfound focus on this house. So yea, we’re gonna stick it out here a little longer. I think we’ll know when it’s time to move on.
Anyone else start to get serious with a home search to then realize it wasn’t the right time?
Wishing everyone a smooth and semi-painless Monday.