My family recently moved. We rent and the home we'd been living in for the previous 2+ years was a small one - 950 sq. ft at most for a family of four and two dogs. Now, while we were there, we managed just fine. Sure, it felt crowded at times. But the main challenges for me personally were the kitchen (the counter space was so limited, we got rid of our microwave to have enough room to cook) and the utility room (it doubled as our closet with little room to stand between the washing machine and clothing).
The house we moved into is about 1600 sq. ft. plus a two car garage. That is a large size difference. I've thoroughly enjoyed having more room! So without further ado:
You know you live in a bigger house when...
... you are vacuuming and you have to plug the cord into three different outlets in order to vacuum the main sections of the house. Four if I use it in the kids' rooms. In our previous home, I could do this from one central outlet. No joke.
... there are places to put shoes so you don't have to step on them to go in and out of the house.
... I can have the rice cooker, the Crock Pot, and the toaster plugged in at the same time. While sitting on a kitchen counter. And still have enough room to roll out flour tortillas!
... my husband and I have a dedicated closet for our clothes. Gasp!
... we have an official utility room with enough space to take clothes out of the dryer and fold them on a table nearby.
... my husband and I can watch a movie in the evening without having to turn the volume down during action scenes because it'll wake the kids.
There are many more, but I'll stop there. Suffice it to say, I'm enjoying our new, bigger house!