Every year around this time in our military town, For Sale signs pop up on house after house. Visitors or newcomers to town ask questions like “Why are so many people moving?” and “You’re getting new neighbours … again?”. It took us a year or two to get used to the turnover of military families coming and going, but now it’s what we’ve come to expect.
Every year about this time, I peruse the real estate listings to get an idea of what prices are like and what’s selling.
And every year, at least one or two people say “When are you guys going to buy a bigger house?”.
We don’t have a tiny house, but by some standards it’s small for a family of 5, especially with 3 rapidly growing kids. But I really do like the advantages of living in a house that’s on the small-ish side, in spite of the opinions of others.
A Smaller House Is Quicker To Clean
We have 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Every week I clean the bathrooms, and every week I am so thankful that we don’t have more toilets to scrub, more tubs to clean and more floors to wash.
A Smaller House Is Less Expensive
From the utility costs to the size of the mortgage, costs are cheaper. It doesn’t cost as much to heat or cool this house as it would for a bigger one, and even the property taxes are cheaper.
A Smaller House Has Less Space For Clutter
Clutter makes me anxious and stressed, and while we still struggle with our share of it, I’m so glad we don’t have room for more! Having smaller kitchen cupboards means I can’t really buy that new pot set from Pampered Chef because I don’t have anywhere to keep it. That goes for more toys, clothes, furniture, appliances … there just isn’t as much room for unnecessary items. It makes decluttering so much more productive!
A Smaller House Creates Opportunities For Families To Spend More Time Together
We’re a family of four introverts and one extrovert. That’s a recipe for disaster for most roommates. Our kids are learning to give each other space when needed, but they’re also learning how to share the space they have (mostly) graciously. Our boys share a small room, but whenever we bring up the idea of them having separate rooms, they protest it. While they drive each other crazy sometimes, they also really enjoy one another’s company.
A Smaller House Requires Everyone Pitching In
With less floor space, counter space and table space, keeping things picked up and put away is a necessity. Small kitchen appliances have to be put away so that others can use the counter space. Homework needs to go back in the school bag so that we can eat at the table. And toys need to go back in the basket so that we can move around freely. The kids learned early on how important it is that they work at this too. Putting their laundry in the basket, and the garbage in the garbage can is something they can’t skip too often before it causes problems. They have to pitch in and help keep our living space somewhat tidy.
So, while every once in awhile I start to long for more space, a spare bedroom, or even an office, I really do appreciate the advantages of living in a smaller house.
Is your home on the large side or the smaller side? What do you appreciate about the size of your home?