Jordon Cooper has a great post on simplicity. A lot of people write on this topic, but I really appreciated his tone: one of humility and, well, simplicity in talking about what some of the basic issues are.
I resonated with his descriptions of his family’s home, and the adequacy of their space. Doug and I live in a two-bedroom apartment with our two (soon to be three) kids, and anyone with children and any imagination can guess that we have some challenges in the space arena. This is compounded by the fact that Doug is a musician/worship pastor (think large instruments, amps, and speakers), as well as a student, and I work from home. For us, the living room is also the family room, the library, the playroom and home office. And in a couple of weeks, our bedroom will need to become a nursery, study, recording studio–and master bedroom. We are a Real Simple/Oprah/every home decorating show on cable nightmare…
Lately, spending as much time as I do perched on my couch, I have given a lot of thought to what we really need to have, materially. How many toys? How many books? What and when is enough?
I have friends with enormous houses, and I really mean enormous. I think of them often enough when I am feeling especially cramped and crowded here. But what I realize, and Jordon’s post touches on this as well, is that they struggle with space and storage in many of the same ways I do. I think it really is like wedding planning: we are prone to fill however much space we are given.
UPDATE: After posting this, I meandered over to Scot McKnight’s blog for my daily visit and found his excellent post addressing a similar theme: “might need it someday…”