"The cost was reasonable relative to my salary and we loved the place so we bought it. And I still love the place. It's just that it's... too much. Too much empty space waiting to be filled with new purchases that I have no desire to make. Too many closets and garages and basement nooks to store the detritus of our past unnecessary purchases. Too many cubic feet of air to efficiently heat in the winter and cool in the summer. In fact every summer we all religiously move our mattresses down to the basement and camp out together in the cool foundation-insulated air during the hot July and August nights. And our life is none the worse for having shrunk our living space. In fact it’s kind of cozy."

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