This morning as I lay in bed I was thinking about our house and home in Alabama. That is why I am bringing it up today. A glimpse into the past. This was our house in Birmingham, AL where we lived for four years between 2006 and 2010. Crazy enough we bought the house as soon as we moved over to the US from Sweden.
A nice neighborhood in the suburbs. A big house for two people. Way too big actually. We had 275 square meters living space and another 150 square meters extra space making up basement and garage. It was a great experience living the American dream in a big beautiful house like this one. My conclusion however is that there can be too much space. Finding the right size home is essential, not too small but not to large either.
I don't miss our house in Alabama but I do miss having a fire place like the one we had here. It is just so cozy to be able to light a fire. Hopefully we will one day have another home with a fire place.
Loved my gas stove but hated the side by side fridge and freezer. Not a big fan of the ice machine either. It took up way too much space inside the freezer. We never consumed as much ice as Americans do.
Big size American pantry. Again too much space can be a problem. So easy to fill and so easy to loose track of all the stuff you had in here leading to buying a lot of doubles or items going bad.
The big tub was also another thing that was very unpractical. Taking up a lot of space in the bathroom, being a hazzle to clean if you filled it with warm water you would run out of hot water for a shower afterwards.
Loved my big big American modern washer and dryer. Efficient, quick and 2-3 loads per week and all the laundry was done.
I do not miss the house but I am grateful and glad for having the experience of living here. I do not miss living in a house. I am very happy living in the place we have today in Basel, Switzerland. Happy with a large deck, don't feel I miss a yard. This place we have now fits us so much better with about 100 square meters in living space. I feel we use the space we have today in a good and practical way. We had so much unused space in Alabama.Every home teaches you something about things you want to keep and things you would like to get rid of for the next home.