We have lived in our home for almost nine years now. It has approximately 900 square feet of living space, two bedrooms, and one bathroom, which seemed fine when it was just me and my hubby. However, we have added two children to our family since we bought our home and at times we feel a little squeezed. According to the US Census, the average house size in the United States was almost 2500 square feet in 2006. I was recently unhappily comparing my house to this seemingly mammoth average home size. But then I realized that on a global scale, I have a huge home. I decided to look at my home with a positive perspective. It didn’t take long to come up with several benefits and blessings that go along with living in a small home.
- Lower energy costs.A smaller house means less space to heat and cool, and that means less money going out to the utility companies.
- Smaller mortgage.Basic economics: a small house almost always costs less than a big house. We have a pretty small mortgage and that is very helpful in this economy.
- I can find my children in 2 seconds or less. I can almost always see and hear my children and I can get to them in almost no time at all. I have no corners to turn, no stairs to climb, and no wings to enter. This is especially helpful when friends are over to play.
- Easy clean up. Less space means less to clean. If my family pitches in, we can clean our house in less than an hour. If you don’t count bedrooms, I can clean the entire house alone in 30 minutes.
- Cheap decorating costs. My son gave me this benefit. He says that we could redecorate the house for very little money because there isn’t much to decorate. Good point, son. Maybe I should head over to Hobby Lobby?
- Less hoarding.Small houses have less storage and no free space. That means impulse buys are rare because you do not have anywhere to put anything. As much as I would love a coffee table or a recliner, it’s not going to happen.
- Forced togetherness. This is my favorite benefit on the list. A small home means that if we are in the house, we are usually together. It is impossible to become one of these families where everyone has their own dedicated space in which they spend all their free time.
My small house doesn’t seem so bad when I look at this list. Would I love a third bedroom? Sure. A few more closets? Definitely. We plan to add on to our house someday. But for now, I will enjoy my little piece of heaven on earth.
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