There are many shows about how to get a smaller home. From designing and converting school buses into homes, turning transforming shipping containers, and creating homes that can travel like some of the homes in Tiny House Nation. Being an avid fan of these houses, I believe there are many benefits to living in a small home. They have all the essential things but just on a smaller scale: kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and living space. So, today's post talks about the benefits of living in a smaller home broken down into four main categories.
- 1st benefit of living in a small home is Saves You Time:
- 2nd benefit of living in a small home: it helps You Not Procrastinate:
- 3rd benefit of living in a small home: it saves you money:
- 4th benefit of living in a small home: it's great for the environment:
- Who would benefit from living in a smaller house?
- Tips for living in a small home
1st benefit of living in a small home is Saves You Time:
- You can do other hobbies more often. If you like to hike, travel or even be able to relax more and work less.
- It takes less time to clean the different rooms since each room is not too big that you can't clean it in an hour or two.
- Less upkeep of the smaller home means less lawn mowing unless you like to mow the lawn.
- If you like to mow, it will take less time to mow if you have a smaller lot.
- Less gardening unless you like to garden.
- You will have time to complete all the tasks you have to do since they are not that many.
- You will have a simpler life.
2nd benefit of living in a small home: it helps You Not Procrastinate:
- You need to take care of the clutter now. If you keep clutter around, you won't have room to move.
- You can buy smaller closet systems to customize the closets resulting in a more organized space and no need to procrastinate when putting clothing away.
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3rd benefit of living in a small home: it saves you money:
- You can save more money for retirement. The less you have to pay for your mortgage, the more you can add to your savings.
- The tasks you need help with around the house are much smaller than in a larger place.
- You don't need as much money to live, so you can make less and enjoy life more.
- It is cheaper to heat and cool your house than in a larger place.
- Maintenance of a smaller place is much more affordable than that of a larger place. You can probably get an affordable cleaning service to clean your home.
- Utility bills will be lower because you have a smaller home.
- You don't need to decorate the home as much, resulting in savings there too.
- You can buy items that are better quality and have a multipurpose, so you will shop less.
- And you will improve your carbon footprint since you don't have a large space to heat or cool.
- Multipurpose items can minimize the need for unitaskers in your home.
Here are just some Multipurpose appliances I found on Amazon (affiliate):
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4th benefit of living in a small home: it's great for the environment:
- A small house means you will have a smaller environmental footprint.
- You will most likely generate less trash in a small house. Fewer people living with less stuff will result in less waste.
- Being in a neighborhood with several small homes, you will most likely get to know your neighbors, allowing for a community environment. In a larger home, you may be separated from neighbors resulting in acquaintances but no personal interaction with your neighbors.
That's lots of benefits. But who can benefit from a smaller home?
Who would benefit from living in a smaller house?
People who live this lifestyle usually love to be outdoors, love spending time with friends and family, and wish not to do a lot of chores when it comes to caring for their house. So, living in a smaller place is ideal for them.
People with smaller families, like a couple or a couple with one child, live comfortably in a small cozy home.
Tips for living in a small home
When living in a small home, there are some healthy habits that you may want to take part in to make the experience more enjoyable.
Spending time outside
Walking daily, reading a book outside, and spending time outdoors will help you feel less Closter phobic if you are home all day every day, primarily if you work at home too.
Make sure you have a purpose for each room of your home.
Each small room may have several purposes. Knowing them before you move in will allow for little stress in the move-in process.
You can easily make zones in each room that will help you keep the smaller space organized.
Maximize your hidden wasted spaces.
Places under the stairs and in a wall bump-out can help store items. Visit our HOW TO FIND WASTED STORAGE SPACES IN YOUR HOME for more tips.
Use multipurpose furniture.
This could be a coffee table that converts into a dining room table. Or, an ottoman that stores blankets and shoes. Visit our COFFEE TABLE WITH STORAGE YOU WILL LOVE FOR YOUR SMALL HOME post for more ideas!
Paint with light colors.
I have painted with dark and light colors on our walls over the 25 years we have lived in our home, and I found that the lighter color unifies the spaces better than the darker colors. An accent wall on one focal point wall works well for a splash of color.
Keep in mind the "one in, one out" rule.
My rule of thumb before buying anything is to use the "one in, one out" rule. When I go out, the items I purchase must either be a replacement item or a multipurpose item that will allow me to eliminate several unitasker items. Using this rule, I stay on a budget more easily and don't feel guilty when I purchase an item.
I hope this post shows you the benefits and allows you to move forward on your possible plans to make your life simpler.
Do you have a small house? What are your reasons for living in a small house? Please leave a comment below.
Visit some of our other posts for tips on small home living:
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- Coffee Table with Storage You Will Love for Your Small Home
- How To Store Clothing In Really Small Spaces
- Small Closet Organization Tips Using Lifewit
- Update a Small Bedroom for An Adult
- Solutions to Hide Clutter in Your Small Home
- Small Nursery Organization Ideas
- How to Create an Attractive Armoire Room Divider