Despite the fact that you may have lived in your home for decades, the memories that you’ve created in your home shouldn’t be enough to stop you from moving on to new things. If your children have moved on and you’re living with much more space than you actually need, it’s time to start asking yourself whether it may be time to downsize your home. If the idea of downsizing initially makes you shudder, you may want to reconsider.
Believe it or not, there are a considerable amount of benefits to living in a smaller home. So what are some of the best perks of downsizing? Take a look at some of the things you can look forward to.
Living in a large home can be incredibly convenient for storage. When you have children, it’s also wonderful to have space for them to run around freely. However, along with all of that free space also comes a considerable amount of responsibility.
Cleaning a large home is a big job. If you have multiple stories cleaning your home may be a two-day event. The less square footage that you have to look after it, the less stress you have to deal with imagine cleaning an 800 square foot condo as opposed to a 1500 square foot home. For starters, it’s considerably less full of dust.
A bigger home requires more bills to keep it running. You’ll need to keep it warm in the winter, which can cost hundreds of dollars a month. In the summer, it can cost even more to keep it cool. However, when you live in a small home with modern insulation, big energy bills are a thing of the past.
The exciting news is that it’s not just your energy bill you could save on. You’ll also be using less water and paying less mortgage or rent. In fact, depending on where your downsized home is, you may even find that you require less driving to get around, which means less gas. Living downtown can be incredibly convenient for getting around on foot.
The bigger your home is, the more likely you are to fill it with clutter. It only takes a couple of years until you start to see your shelves filling up and your floor space running thin.
However, when you move into a smaller space, you’re forced to make choices about how much clutter you want to accumulate. Downsizing means less space to fill with nonsense. The lack of clutter can make you feel much less stressed and overwhelmed by your belongings.
Ultimately changing your home can present a new lifestyle that can transform your life for the better.