A side benefit is that the house has only what they want and need. (Yes, there are still cartons in the basement, but they have already discarded a lot of stuff). It’s an inspiration to me to pare down further, to look around and decide exactly what is necessary to keep to live a satisfying life. It means not letting things hang around because they are already here and “still perfectly good” or might come in handy sometime.
The larger lesson is that your home can be anything you want it to be. The old idea of a parlor or living room that is never used except for company is gone--I hope. If you want an art studio or office instead of a dining room, go for it. Make yourself the equivalent of a reading loft. You deserve it!