When we had our fourth child, everyone said, "You need to get a bigger house! You need more space!" Really? I thought. Sure it would be nice to have a little more room, but I didn't feel too cramped. Our house is 2100 square feet. We have four bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a living room, family room, dining room and eat in kitchen. After a recent remodel, we also have a toy room in the basement. What else did we need, I wondered.
I always bristled a little at these comments. I know of families who raised 10 kids in 2 bedrooms! And just think of families in other countries - extended families in 1 or 2 rooms!! Is it really so wrong to have the children share bedrooms?!?
The other day I was reading an article about homes that stated that the adequate amount of square footage in a house was 1200 square feet for a couple. For every child in the family, you added 200 square feet. SO - our house is a whopping 100 square feet too big for us! I felt strangely justified in my opinions after reading this. I was relating this to my brother-in-law (who also has four children). With his typical dry humor, he said, "What does it matter how many rooms a house has? The children are always going to be right next to you." Well said. My husband and I always lament that our bathroom, the smallest room in the house, is where everyone wants to congregate in the mornings.
So - we'll keep our 2100 square foot house (which we happen to love!), even if God blesses us with more children.