Many people dream of living in a big house one day. After all, a big house is what you see in the movies and in all of the magazines. Yet despite a big home seeming like the ultimate American dream, the truth is that living in a larger home can have many downfalls.
For this reason, many people choose to downsize. If you’ve been considering living in a smaller home, or need more reasons to appreciate your current one, then here are some of the advantages of living in a smaller space.
There’s a reason why people who are nearing retirement age move into smaller homes or an assisted living facility. The maintenance that comes along with a bigger home can be quite physical, and a lot of responsibility. Unlike a rental, owning a large home means everything falls on your shoulders. If you have a busy schedule, or reduced mobility, looking after a larger home on your own can be too much to handle.
It’s no secret that size comes with a certain price tag. The larger of a home you live in, the more expensive it will be. If you’re looking to pay lower rent or mortgage, then you should consider downsizing. This is especially applicable to families who used to live with their children, and their children have all left the nest.
Why continue paying a considerable mortgage for a space that you don’t necessarily need? To save the maximum amount of money you should only occupy the amount of space that’s absolutely necessary for you to live.
Larger homes come with substantially higher energy bills. As such, it may be more interesting for your wallet to move into a smaller home. Not only do you require less lighting, but also less heating in the winter. Reducing your carbon footprint often starts at home, so moving to a smaller space is a great start if you want to help the earth and be more energy efficient.
No matter how tidy of a person you consider yourself to be, the larger of a home you live in, the more likely you are to fill it up. A smaller home forces you to maximize the space that you live in with less clutter and consideration for square footage. When you know you only have a certain amount of space to work with, you’re less likely to have piles of things in every corner. A minimalistic way of living is much more feasible in a small living space.
These are just a few advantages of moving to a smaller house. While it may take some initial adjustment getting used to less room, after a while you’ll find that it was one of the best decisions you’ve ever made!