After living in 5 different homes the last 11 years, I’ve realized how easy it is to fill up the space you occupy. Back to the days of our first apartment to our current house, we had no problem making use of the room (or lack of rooms).
Sometimes to make space for what we needed at the season in our lives, we’ve adjusted what the “typical” room was and made it our own. Like, in our first apartment, in the dining area, we turned it into an office area and instead ate at our coffee table in front of the television. (LOL, life in our early 20s and before kids).
Since “growing up” we’ve come to realize there really are some spaces you don’t need:
Formal Dining/Living Room
In our 2nd house, we had a formal dining and living space, but we never used it for that purpose. Instead, we turned the living space first into an office, and then over time, it became our children’s playroom:
We used our formal dining room space as a place to meet potential clients for our photography business (I think we were putting up curtains here because the rod is up but we hadn’t hung it up yet. Also, minus the kid chairs!):
Right now we are using our current house’s formal dining room as an office/craft space and the formal living room is the playroom.
Unless you have very frequent visitors, your guest room could do double duty for something else. I think an air mattress or two would be much preferred, or turning the guest room into a craft space, or a playroom, or whatever else. I think usually they’re pointless. We do, however, have a guest room, but it’s because we have family, like my mom, who come and stay for long periods of time.
Unless you work from home, have a hobby that requires you to take up a ton of space, or can’t work around the kitchen table, you probably don’t need it. I think we could get away without an office space, but my crafts would take over the rest of the house! But I’ve seen some families who have an office, and then it’s never used.
What spaces do you need? Have you changed up rooms to make it work for your family?