5 Reasons to Love Your Small House
Posted by Lisa | Filed under Lisa
Every once in a while I have a complete freak out about my house. I freak out about its size, its location and its functionality (or lack thereof). The truth is there is nothing wrong with my house, with the exception of a few functionality issues. But those issues are changeable with a little planning and money. Against my better judgement, I recently went to an open house and then I went to another and another. Within a matter of weeks both my husband and I had completely talked ourselves out of our current house. We began setting budgets and wish lists for our new house and get this; we even started doing some projects around our house to get ready to sell. This freak out was a particularly bad one. My house is ‘small – about 1100 or 1200 square feet on the main floor. 30 years ago it was probably considered big but by today’s standards of mega-houses, it’s really not. It doesn’t have a 2 car garage, nor does it have ensuite or walk in closets and the kids rooms are on the small side. What it does have is a great location on a quiet street, an amazing backyard and large driveway for playing and riding bikes, wonderful neighbors and a finished basement that gives my family an extra space to spread out in.
I’m not sure which one of us finally had the moment of clarity, but slowly we began to remember the reasons we bought this house in the first place. And as it turns out, there was some sound logic applied to that decision. It took a bit of time to completely revert my mindset back to a place where I appreciated our house but I’m finally there and it leads me to this: 5 reasons to love your small house.
If you love money and want to have more of it in your pocket, purse, bank, mattress or wherever, than a smaller house is where it is at. Big or small owning a home is expensive. But it makes sense that the cost of carrying a larger home are well, larger. A bigger mortgage, more taxes (usually), more rooms to fill and decorate, higher insurance premiums and higher monthly utility costs. The lower the monthly operating costs are the more money you’ll have to do the things that are important to you.
The larger the house, the more it’s going to cost you do major repairs. New roofs, driveway paving, carpets, hardwood flooring and bathrooms are all major upgrades to a house that will need to be completed every so often. The bigger the space the more frequent and costly upgrades or repairs will be.
Having enough space for everyone to stretch out in is important. It’s often the driver that motivates people to buy a much larger house. Equally important is quality family time. A small house can be more conducive to communication and spending time together. In this age of technology, it’s important to make sure that families connect and aren’t hiding out in different areas of the house on computers and cell phones etc. I also have the notion that our small house will also motivate my kids to go out and play.
I saw this quote somewhere and it captures this though well.
“Love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate. Where you eat and sleep so close together that you can’t help but communicate. And if we had more room between us, think of all we’d miss. Love grows best in houses just like this.”
Less to Clean
Isn’t this what we should all be striving for? Less time cleaning and more time not cleaning.
Years and years ago people raised much larger families in much smaller houses than we have today and this was accomplished by living simply. There seems to be a shift back toward this way of thinking as people are trying to simplify their lifestyle by reducing consumption and possessions or increasing self-sustainability. A small house may help you embrace this concept. A small house can limit how much stuff you choose to bring into it – limiting spending on stuff and allowing you to choose things you really love. It can give you time to tend to a vegetable garden or flower bed. It can allow you to spend time with your loved ones or to do other activities you love, helping create a more balanced life style socially, financially and emotionally.