Imagine someone walking into a bedroom and feeling immediately claustrophobic. Then, another person saunters into that same room and feels the exact opposite way — finding the bedroom comfortable and even roomy.

That’s an example of the psychology of space.

For one person, a tiny home office might feel like the walls are closing in. But, for someone else, that same room might seem attractive and cozy. And, it’s not just small spaces where this effect is felt. A large room might make one person feel uneasy, and even agitated, by the sense of emptiness. For a different person, that room might feel like a spacious paradise.

Psychologists tell us that how we feel about the space in our home can have a direct impact on mood, stress levels, and happiness. Having the sense that there’s too much space, or not enough of it can impact our mental health over time.

That’s why it’s important to periodically consider how you feel about the space in your home. Remember that your sense of that space can change over the years.

Imagine a couple living in a modestly-sized home. At first, they may feel fine with the space. Then a couple of kids come along, and the home begins to feel much tighter. It may seem like they’re playing bumper cars whenever they’re in the kitchen together! Over time, that lack of space can take its toll.

So, take a few moments to consider the space in your home. Do you feel like you need more space? Less space? Would you be happier if certain rooms were bigger or smaller, such as the kitchen? Need more bedrooms, closets or storage space?

If you discover that space is an issue, then it may be time to consider selling and moving. Chances are, you can get into another property that has exactly the room you need.