Five years ago we moved to the place we still live. Instead of going to a bigger apartment, we fell in love with a smaller place. An adorable house, an old apartment in the docklands, still in the city, an ideal neighborhood, fantastic view, close to work, good schools etc. Everyone around us was surprised, we had a beautiful renovated apartment, two bathrooms, three bedrooms, a walk in closet, lots of square meters and we gave that up to move to a smaller house still in the city with just a terrace and no garden.
But now when everyone around us start moving again, I’m reconsidering. I have a lot of talks with friends about it, they’re telling me they need a bigger home. And I’m just listening as I don’t want to be the one that’s judging their life style. Must say, the idea of having a country house is still attracting, but more in a poetic kind of way then in a real live way. And while I’m dreaming sometimes of a bit more space, the idea of moving to a bigger house in the suburbs, still doesn’t feel right. As we start owning less and less stuff, I don’t see why we need a bigger space.
So why I’m some times in doubt, is it because everyone around us is doing it, because we don’t have that many soulmates that understand us, is it because we love the city live that much, or do we really need bigger spaces but then just empty ?
illustration: Henn Kim