Eureka! People who understand!!
I just stumbled on this forum after spending most of my time on the gardening loops, and hooray! People who get it!
My DH and I lived in a 2,500 sq ft house for 10 years until we sold it and bought a 1,300 home in the same neighborhood. We did it for all the reasons you mention here: Time spent cleaning, the cost of heating and upkeep, NEEDING to have two incomes. We've been here over 2 years and I've never been happier in our little home. (Of course, it helps that we tripled the size of our yard, hence, the gardening forums).
However, some of our family and friends think were nuts! A few, I'm sure, think we moved because we were broke or something. If my mother says, "I miss your big pretty house" one more time I'm going to scream. I am so converted now that my new response is, "How can you stand YOUR house?"
Anyway, just wanted to say hi and express how nice it is to find a forum of people who understand that bigger is not always better. I look forward to catching up on some of your discussions!