12 Reasons Why Youâ€™ll Be Happier in a Smaller HouseÂ
People buy larger homes for a number of reasons:
- They â€œoutgrowâ€ theirÂ smaller one.
- TheyÂ receive a promotion and raise at work.
- TheyÂ are convinced by aÂ realtorÂ that they can afford it.
- TheyÂ hope to impress others.
- They think a large home is the home of their dreams.
Another reason people keep buyingÂ bigger and bigger homesÂ is because no one tells them not to. The mantra of the culture again comes calling, â€œbuy as much and as big as possible.â€ TheyÂ believe the lie and choose to buy aÂ large home only because thatâ€™sÂ â€what you are supposed to doâ€ when you start making moneyâ€¦ you buy nice, bigÂ stuff.
Nobody ever tells them not to. Nobody gives them permission to pursue smaller, rather than larger. NobodyÂ gives them the reasonsÂ they may actually be happier in a smaller house.
So, in an attempt to break the silence, consider theseÂ 12 reasons why youâ€™ll actually be happier in a smaller house:
- Easier to maintain.Â Anyone who has owned a house knows the amount of time, energy, and effort to maintain it. All things being equal,Â a smaller home requires less of yourÂ time, energy, and effort to accomplish that task.
- Less time spentÂ cleaning.Â And that should be reason enoughâ€¦
- Less expensive.Â Smaller homes are less expensive to purchase and less expensive to keep (insurance, taxes, heating, cooling, electricity, etc.).
- Less debt and less risk.Â Dozens of on-line calculators will help you determine â€œhow much house you can afford.â€ These formulasÂ are based on net income, savings, current debt, and monthly mortgage payments. They are also based on the premise that weÂ should spendÂ â€28% of our net income on our monthly mortgage payments.â€ But if we can be more financially stable and happier by only spending 15%â€¦ then why would we ever choose toÂ spend 28?
- MentallyÂ Freeing.Â As is the case with all of our possessions, the more we own, the more they own us. And the moreÂ stuff we own, the more mental energy is held hostage by them. The same is absolutely true with our largest, most valuableÂ asset. Buy small and free your mind.
- Less environmental impact.Â A smaller home requires less resources to build and less resources to maintain. And that benefits all of us.
- More time.Â Many of the benefits above (less cleaning, less maintaining, mental freedom) result inÂ the freeing up of our schedule to pursue the things in life that really matter â€“ whatever you want that to be.
- Encourages family bonding.Â A smaller home results in more social interaction among the members of the family. And while this may be the reason that some people purchasebiggerÂ homes, I think just the opposite should be true.
- Forces you to remove baggage.Â Moving into a smaller home forces you to intentionally pare down your belongings.
- Less temptation to accumulate.Â If you donâ€™t have any room in your house for that new treadmill, youâ€™ll be less tempted to buy it in the first place (no offense to those of you who own a treadmillâ€¦ and actually use it).
- Less decorating.Â While some people love the idea of choosing wall color, carpet color, furniture, window treatments, decorations, and light fixtures for dozens of rooms, I donâ€™t.
- Wider market to sell.Â By its very definition, a smaller,Â more affordableÂ house is affordable to a larger percentage of the population than a more expensive,Â less affordableÂ one.
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