Our house isn't big + it's not small either. The four of us do most of our living in 1000 square feet (with another 300 square feet downstairs). My preference would be to just have the 1000 square feet, but it was impossible to find that when we moved here + the downstairs is necessary for tornados. The space we have is a privilege. I feel like keeping the amount of furniture we own limited allows our spaces to adapt more easily. Space is what I crave most...space to move...space to breathe, so less stuff is always optimal.
In the years we've lived here, our downstairs space has shifted from craft/hangout space to yoga space to its current iteration: home office for my partner. When we first moved here, I envisioned it as a space for my girls to have friends over + for craft projects. We outfitted it with a Craigslist couch + big table with a leaf for crafting or studying with friends. As their hangouts moved out of the house, we (re)Craigslist-ed the furniture and left the space open for yoga mats + calm lighting. This open space allowed for a quick transformation to home office. My partner was able to bring a desk + office chair (+ a whole lot of other stuff) home from work. :)
The outdoors is another space we can use at this time of year when it's not too cold + not too hot or buggy. I've tried having outdoor furniture, but over time it has become our indoor furniture. We find it easy enough to just move a chair from the kitchen table in + out as desired. We also have a couple of camping/beach chairs to do the same with.
I'm glad that we have a space where we can come together + also find a little solitude these days. I'm so grateful for this simple home.