So, there was a house that came up for sale that I was really tempted by. We aren’t in the market for a new house. For many reasons, some of which are:
- We just moved into this one less than a year ago.
- This house has wood floors in the kitchen, living room and hallway. About as kid-friendly as you can get.
- I suspect this house will need some small touches to be in a “really ready to sell” state. Things that don’t really bother us, but might turn off a buyer.
- We’d like to save up enough money to not have a mortgage on the next house.
But I was tempted by this house. The realtor’s website had good pictures. It was in the price range that we’d be looking at. It was in the school system that I would want. It was literally a block away from my sister’s house. It has a master bathroom that we’re lacking. It has a 2-car garage. All good things. But since I knew we weren’t looking and this house isn’t priced well enough that made me say “This is a ONCE IN A LIFETIME chance, you gotta go now, now, now!!!”, I haven’t even been inside it.
But it made me start to ponder what life will be like for the next few years in this house. We want more children (quite a few more – Lord willing). If it happens the way we want, we’ll be in tight quarters!
- Our kitchen literally will need some changes to fit in even 1 high chair, much less 2 or 3 kids.
- The kids will be sharing rooms (not a problem – our long-term plan anyway).
- My neat, not-used-very-often-since-the-TV-is-downstairs living room will be turned into a play room. It really is the perfect place in this house. It’s right by the kitchen, has no stairs nearby and is as clean up friendly as you’ll get with wood floors and leather furniture. I just never envisioned the first step into my house to be the playroom.
I’m excited for the next house. But I’m also eagerly anticipating the years that we’ll spend between now and then. Years of soothing babies, toddlers throwing food on the floor, baskets of toys next to the couch, putting away unneeded end tables, getting creative with kitchen seating. The only thing that gives me pause is that a Kid Ready house doesn’t usually show all that well to prospective buyers. That’s a problem I’ll endure in a few years!