I’ve written extensively about how we’re living in a small-ish, 1400 square foot home. It can be a challenging scenario depending on my mindset. (And for fear of sounding like a broken record, I’ll leave it at that!) It’s why I’ve been making a greater effort to find every positive aspect with regard to living in a smaller home as a family of five.
So today, I’ve compiled a list of all the reasons it’s awesome to live in a small home.
1. I have less to clean.
Truth. Can I get an amen?
Especially at this time of my life where it seems I have absolutely zero free time (free time? What’s that?), the less I have to spend cleaning, the better. This is a HUGE bonus for me, and one that I’ve actually greatly considered if the time comes for us to buy a (potentially) larger home. Cleaning a 1400 square foot is pretty doable.
2. I have less stuff.
Less space = less stuff = less money spent! If I don’t have anywhere to put the stuff, then I really can’t buy the stuff. It makes the option to buy something that much easier – as in, you can’t. So just don’t.
Also, given that I really can’t stand clutter and all that business, having less stuff overall really bodes well for me and my brain.
3. We have a smaller mortgage payment.
Can I get another amen?
Especially nowadays where (at least in our part of the country) buying a house requires you to sell your firstborn and leverage the other two as collateral. It’s serious stuff and extremely expensive in today’s day and age.
So for now, I think I’ll stick to my smaller house…you know, so I can keep my children.
4. A smaller space means less overall home maintenance.
Not only in terms of the actual house – because (obviously) if you have a smaller house, you have less to keep up with on the inside. But also in terms of the outside living space.
We have a tiny yard. And by tiny, I mean tiny, ya’ll. There’s no frolicking through the rolling hills to be had on our postage stamp.
But honestly? We are extremely busy at this season of our lives. And having less of a yard to maintain makes things that much easier…especially if you struggle to find time to maintain what you DO have!
5. A smaller house means I have less wall space to cover.
AKA: to decorate.
We all know this is not my strength, so the less I have to do to make a house feel cozy, the better.
Not to mention it takes me ridiculous amounts of time and effort to make any type of decorating move or decision. It bodes well for my family that I am able to give them my undivided attention and not be otherwise preoccupied with walls that need painting and covering.
6. A smaller space means less maintenance and less money needing to be spent, which means more free time and money to spend on fun stuff.
Because we don’t have to spend ungodly amounts of time or money on home and yard projects, we have more time to do the fun stuff.
We like to do a lot of weekend day trips as a family – hikes, drives, and trips to the surrounding State Parks – so it’s really nice to be able to (mostly) get up and go without always feeling guilty that we’re leaving something undone.
Granted, this isn’t always the case. We’re still homeowners after all, and small house or not, there’s always some project or another that needs to be completed. But we DO have less required projects than we’d have in, say, a 2400 square foot home on an acre.
7. Living in closer quarter’s means being closer as a family.
Granted, this isn’t always a positive aspect of living in a small house.
But it can be.
We have more interaction as a family in our smaller house than we would if we had a larger, sprawling residence. And truthfully, I’m grateful for it.
It means more time spent together as a family, playing on the floor of our (only) living room. It means the boys pulling out all their Legos and dumping them all over the floor and actually playing together. It means my husband and I, after a long day, sitting on the (only) couch together and reading, working, or watching TV.
I’ll take that any day over individual rooms for each person with separate spaces.
There are many times when living in a small house with a medium to large sized family can be trying and challenging.
But it doesn’t have to be.
There are many days the boys are loud and catapulting off furniture, and the baby is trying to sleep just around the corner. To an onlooker it might appear less than ideal. Chaotic even.
But it doesn’t have to be.
Yes, there are even days where I just wish, for crying in the night, that the boys had a separate place of their own to play, and jump, and tackle, and shoot Nerf guns, and be otherwise boys.
But they don’t.
So as I’ve said before, I’m not going to allow myself to become a victim of my small house. I’m going to embrace it. And I’m going to choose optimism.
Because there are just as many days spent snuggling on our single couch, watching a movie together as a family on our only TV, and tucking my three boys in at night knowing they are safe and snug in their mostly-shared rooms, that makes it all worth it.
There will come a time, not far off, when my boys might not want to spend this much time with me. When they’d rather be alone in their rooms instead of sprawled across the floor, leaping on my lap, and charging Daddy in a good ol’ fashioned session of rough-housing (or “wrestle-housing”, as my oldest still calls it).
So yes, I think I will look at the benefits of my current small-ish house.
I think I will make the most of it.
And I think I will appreciate it, cherish it, adore it for all it’s messy glory, as long as I possibly can.
Why do YOU like living in a small house?
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