Séamas O’Reilly: ‘We’re still renting because we’re a professional couple in full-time work, not Godlike emperors who bathe in jewels’

The author on moving to a bigger home with his growing family and fighting the near-irresistible urge to upgrade everything they own

‘After a decade of living in fully or semi-furnished rentals, all the furniture we owned could be fit inside one room of the house.’ Picture: Getty

My wife and I moved house so we can have more space for our second child, which seems silly now that she’s arrived and is very small. Honestly, she’s only about 14 inches long so I reckon she definitely would have fitted in our last place. Even if she’d come out the size of a grand piano, we still could have made space for her. In any case, we’re still renting because we’re a professional ...