Summary of “Does the American Dream require a big American home?”

One of the most deeply-embedded pieces of the “American Dream” is the desire for a large, spacious home with lots of sitting rooms, corners, nooks, and crannies.
A research team affiliated with the University of California studied American families and where they hung out the most inside their homes, how clutter builds, and the general stress level associated with living big.
Families hardly used their yards, devoted money to renovating little-used areas of the home instead of fixing obvious problems, and relied on heating up frozen meals instead of using large and luxurious kitchens to cook.
It’s all too common to feel like our big homes represent our success or status in life.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median single-family home built in 2016 was over 2400 square feet.
In general, the larger the home the bigger the risk.
If owners of big homes lose their jobs, their homes don’t suddenly get cheaper.
Here’s the truth: The American Dream shouldn’t compel you to buy a home that you cannot afford or maintain.

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