I’ve had it! I want my big ass house back

77 thoughts on “I’ve had it! I want my big ass house back”

  1. Haha you are right, nothing gives me more satisfaction than giving my house a deep cleaning! In all seriousness, that has to be a pretty nice feeling not having a mortgage…

    The Green Swan

    1. It will. We still have a mortgage on the house that we are selling (and the one that we are renting out), but by the end of the year, both of those will be gone. Gone for good!

  2. I so enjoy your sarcasm, Steve! I often feel that having a home keeps me inside too much because I have to clean it! Granted, we are not in the sunny Southwest and having kids gets me outside a lot, but I’m sure RV living makes it easier. I’m jealous of your 5-minute cleaning time!

    1. Hehe, thanks Kalie. Yeah, it definitely doesn’t take very long to clean the floors in this place. Heck, when you only have 200 sqft (and not all of it is accessible flooring), it makes this process so easy.

    1. Thanks Maggie, appreciate the kind words. About the only thing that I truly miss about the big house is the counter space, but even then, we are quickly getting used to it here in the Airstream. 🙂

  3. Haha, your title had me thinking it was a joke, but then you’re first few paragraphs got me hooked, thinking “uh-oh – he’s serious!” That would really suck, but I’m glad you’re enjoying it.

    Funny enough, I had a few minutes of quiet sitting at home this weekend and was thinking “this is too much house for us.” Maybe I should convince my wife to follow your lead!

    — Jim

  4. Haha, as soon as I read the title I was like “No way. This has GOT to be a late April Fools joke or something.” Thanks for the laughs, and glad you’re loving the new lifestyle!

  5. hahahaha, nice could relate to much of it, just like a few others I’m sure. I got the sarcasm from the start, great post that points out how ridiculous we all can be.

    Enjoying following along as always. The part about the pool had me laughing my a** off.

    1. Thanks Steve, appreciate your comment. Yeah, that damn pool – it totally sold the house for us (along with the view), but yeah, I could have done without the maintenance. But, it’s done with now. 🙂

  6. Your comments on the pool maintenance are a key reason I keep reminding Mrs. Root of Good that a owning your own backyard pool isn’t as much fun as it looks in the movies. I am certain I would spend more time cleaning it than swimming in it or lounging in it.

    Mrs. RoG said she could solve that problem by hiring a pool boy, but I think she has ulterior motives…

    1. If you keep up with the pool maintenance, it’s not THAT bad – the summer is the worst, of course, when algae grow on the bottom and sides of the pool. The key is to stay up with it and you’re only doing massive cleanings every couple of months or so. But still – yeah, a totally unnecessary expense and use of my time, for sure! 🙂

  7. Ahhh, I really like people who appreciate sarcasm as much as I do. 🙂 Glad to hear you two (four) are enjoying your new life. I’m happy for you! (no sarcasm intended) 😉

  8. That didn’t take long. I figured you’d realize the error of your ways in less than a month. I thought your whole plan was a bit unpatriotic from the start and would do little to help America be great again.

    To help out, I would love to invite you and your wife to help out with some of the chores we have around our big ass house. I’ve got floors to clean, rooms to organize, and mountains of STUFF. It will be right up your alley and give you some real PURPOSE in your life. With your help, I may be able to buy an even bigger place – so i don’t need to expand into a storage garage. BIG – That’s America! 😉

    1. Ha! Thanks MrFireStation. ‘MURICA! I would gladly help, but the last thing that I’d want to do is take away from your sense of purpose. I mean, where would you gather your inner strength from if you didn’t do a bunch of house cleaning?


  9. Ugh, I hear you! I keep watching my bank account yearning to have all my housing and utility bills back just so there will be some regular activity. And I really miss dealing with the mold that was growing inside the window frames of our old apartment… maybe the van will grow some someday!

    1. Tell me about it – that “regular activity” stuff is where it’s at. Fixing problems on your dime…even better! Man, I’m gonna miss it!

  10. Love your humor in this article haha. It must be really nice not having a hefty mortgage to pay which gives you plenty extra money to spend in other ways! Hope you enjoy this freedom and your many backyards!

  11. Don’t forget that if you get your big house back you can spend more money and time on remodeling, painting, additions, adding more landscaping, and filling your garage up to the rafters. Then you can rent a storage space to find room for the extra stuff and tools you need to do all that work.

    Come on what wrong with you – don’t you want to live the American Dream? 🙂

    We spent the last 5 days walking, hiking, sleeping, and generally taking it easy at our campsite. Not once did I have to do any projects other than setup and tear down at the campsite. Ahhhh- the simple life!

    1. And there always seems to be *something* that could be done at the house, too. I suppose it’s nice to be able to do those things if you truly enjoy it, but man, you sure do pay for that privilege. Pay handsomely in most cases. Living here at the campground is night and day more enjoyable. 🙂

  12. Nice one! I love cleaning our house so much I’ve enlisted help to keep up with it. 🙂 You run short on time when you spend almost all of it polishing your gold you know. Well, of course you know… 🙂

    We’ve been in our house 3 years now, and unlike our last neighborhood where we knew everyone and talked to everyone around us, here, we didn’t realize our immediate next door neighbors had kids the same age as ours for almost a year. We never see them outside, hear them or anything. It’s eerie…

    1. Ha! Yup, polishing my gold alright. And yeah, if you didn’t see your neighbor’s kids for the first year that you lived there, that is eerie. I couldn’t stand being cooped up all that time in a house. Wonder what was going on…

  13. I’m so sorry for the diminishing of your skills and accounts payable and time indoors away from beauty. This is a tragic burden you are carrying. Unyoke and get that mortgage. Get that cleaning time with your wife back!

  14. Here’s one thing I’ve been wondering about the whole tiny house and RV movement. What if one person has a serious case of mud butt. The other person just learns to deal with getting hotboxed?

    1. Yeah, the mud butt issue is a tough one to crack. Real tough to crack. Yeah *crack*.

      When one person comes at ya gun’s hot, it can lead to trouble, but with a little practice and creative use of English, the mud butt issue can be safely avoided.


  15. hahaha thanks for the good laugh. Had a hunch the post was sarcastic a paragraph in and it was further confirmed along the way. Best of luck in your RV, spending all that time outdoors because you are cleaning it so quickly!



    1. Thanks for the comment, Jonny! Though *YOU* may not find 1600 square feet big, respectfully, I am not aware of any hard-and-fast requirement around the use of the word “big”, which would ideally need to happen before claiming that it’s a “fact”.

      The “fact” is 1600 square feet was big…for us. Huge, in fact, way more than we needed.

      And Airstreams aren’t boxes, good sir. Airstream’s are rounded and sleek – regular trailers, however, are boxes. In “fact”, Airstreamers are the ones who typically call the traditional RV a “box”.


  17. I love this! We are 3 weeks into our 6 week road trip, and it’s going amazing. I’m not sure 2 adults, 5 kids and our dog, cheesy taco, could do it full time (it’s only a pop up camper). If we had real walls and a toilette, we would be set! The lack of cleaning is amazing. =) And I love getting to know people. Glad you guys are having fun. You need to make sure Montana hits your itinerary! =)

    1. We love Montana and will definitely be back in the area. We visited Glacier National Park last year and it was an amazing experience. Without a doubt, we will be back! 🙂

      1. That is right in our neck of the woods. =) There are some awesome campsites on Flathead lake. My profile pic is Avalanche Lake, a short hike up from Trail of the Cedars. =) When you make it back to the area, feel free to hit me up for some info. =)

        1. We loved visiting Avalanche Lake on our trip to Glacier National Park last year. We definitely plan on finding camping up there one of these days after we hit the road! 🙂

  18. But I like my big house! I like cooking in my big kitchen, I like bathing in my nice ensuite and watching sports and movies on my 110″ theatre screen and projector!

    I live a frugal lifestyle so I can put money towards the things I truely value in life and invest for wealth building. My home is my best performing asset. What’s so bad about having a big house and paying a mortgage if you still have enough to invest and live a comfortable life?

    1. Hi Sharon – so long as you feel comfortable with paying for and maintaining a larger home, there’s nothing at all wrong with it. My wife and I certainly weren’t okay with spending money on our home like we were, so we made a change and haven’t looked back. 🙂

  19. Thank you for the insightful and humorous blog! When I tell people I am a minimalist a lot of people will say “I couldn’t do that”. Or when I tell them I hate to shop they think I am crazy. I actually think your blog will hold true to a few people who are defined by the size of their house and whether they have a pool-they think they love the rat race of “Keeping Up with the Jones” but I think they would be surprised how enjoyable it is to simplify if only they would give in a chance.

    1. I once said, “I couldn’t do that” to the thought of giving up cable…or eliminating meat from our diet when cooking at home, or several other things that we used to spend money on and consume that we thought were ingrained within our lifestyle.

      Most things aren’t, and it’s not that tough to get used to a new routine. The toughest part, of course, is that immediate transition.

      Thanks for reading!

  20. This is the first post I was seeing from this website and was very confused until I got to the “The burden of a mortgage makes me feel like a freaking American.” :p then I slowly realized that it might be a joke. Definitely had me fooled for a good while though!

    1. Hi Alen – it does for us. It depends on the family, of course. Kids add complications to living in a space this small, but then again, many families with kids do just that. It’s definitely possible to make happen if you want it bad enough.

  21. This whole article is fantastic! This is my first time reading your blog so I didn’t actually know this was sarcastic until towards the end…I love the humor though, it gave me a good laugh.
    But seriously it’s a great wake up call that there indeed is more to life than cleaning a big ass house.
    Awesome post! 🙂

  22. Realizing that he was joking was such a relief because I’m in the process of doing the EXACT same thing! Experiencing the “American Dream” for over two decades was my talent killer too. During the last few years I’ve been preparing to start a new life and begin living small. I want to become one of those insidiously happy, dirty outcast he refers to but having so much freedom is overwhelming. I am struggling to find my sense of purpose and I do miss being located so close to my friends-previously known as neighbors.

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