For the last four years we lived in a tiny rental house. And when I say tiny, I mean tiny. Don't get me wrong, we liked living there. It was nice to be in a house instead of an apartment. It was great that we didn't have to worry about being too loud, or doing laundry to late (our previous apartment had a "no laundry after 9pm" rule that I had a hard time abiding by), or competing for parking. And we loved our land lady. But that house was small and we barely fit in it. I can't even try to convey to you how frustrating it was to find a piece of furniture at a thrift store that I LOVED, but couldn't buy because there was absolutely no place in our miniature house to put it.
Needless to say, one of the things I was most looking forward to about buying our house was having the space to spread out and use all the furniture we had. Unfortunately I didn't consider that we wouldn't have nearly enough furniture to spread out. To say our living areas look sparse is being generous. But we don't have a load of money (we did just buy a house) to spend on furniture and decor. So I'm about to embark on a mission to scour every thrift store and leave no discount store unshopped until I no longer have an empty house to fill.