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7 Enormous Benefits of Small Homes

Updated on November 26, 2016
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Shake off the shackles of full-time work! Live a life that's freer, happier, environmental & that undermines the corporatocracy! Here's how.

Small Homes | 7 Enormous Benefits
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7 Enormous Benefits Of Living In a Small Home

It was sometime after the extinction of Dinosaurs, yet long before the invention of the vacuum cleaner, that man first appeared on earth. The undisputable truth, humans need shelter.

For vast majority of man’s existence he managed quite nicely with a one room dwelling whether that was a cave, teepee or stick house. All he needed was a place to store & prepare food, eat, sleep & chill out.

Today, the detached house (preferably big & new) is the ideal lifetime dream. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people, in order to realize this dream, end up moving out to suburban, or even rural areas outside the city in which they work. Then they spend hours a week commuting, making their workday so long that there’s very little time left over for leisure, pursuing hobbies or life.

Hey, but you can always live for the weekend, can’t you? Only now your large investment that you can barely afford must be maintained. Even unused rooms get dusty & need cleaning. The yard must be kept up whether it's summer, winter, spring or fall. Repeat “slave-like” lifestyle, the same each year, till retirement. No wonder people think that life starts when they retire.

Perhaps it’s time to revisit the tremendous lifestyle benefits of a small home?

1. You Can Tell Your Boss to Take a Hike

Do you dream of ditching your soul-sucking job? Or maybe you rather just work a little less? Perhaps you’d even like to switch to a more meaningful career? When you require less income, this all becomes possible! Here's why...

  • Smaller homes normally carry smaller mortgages. This also means that over the long-haul, you end up paying less interest on that small mortgage.
  • Moreover, a smaller space requires less energy to heat & you only need a few lights to brighten the place up so you pay less energy costs.
  • Of course there’s very little storage space so a consumer lifestyle is pretty much out of the question.

Can you quit that awful job yet? Keep reading & you just may be able to!

2. You Can Be Lazier At Home

So, not only can you stay home from work more often, while you’re at home, there are very few chores to do! I mean if you only have one bathroom, well, then you only have to clean one bathroom!

You don’t own a lawn, hedges or eavestroughs. So you don’t have to mow, clip or scoop out the autumn leaves. You also don’t need a lawnmower, hedge clippers or even a ladder.

Oops, I just saved you more money!

Take lots of time to chill out at home.
Take lots of time to chill out at home. | Source

3. You Can Retain Your Gorgeous Figure

Place that canned soup right back on the grocery store shelf! Pop that frozen dinner back into the grocery store freezer!

All that time off of work & from doing chores allows you more time to cook healthy meals from scratch using whole food ingredients. Did you know that 80% of fat loss comes from proper nutrition? You do now!

Fortunately, smaller homes are usually located in urban areas. This means that driving a car becomes more of a hassle than it’s worth. Walking from errand to errand not only becomes possible, but preferable. Smell that fresh air? Feel the blood pumping through your veins? No one gets hurt spending more time outside exercising in the fresh air!

Walking on the boardwalk
Walking on the boardwalk | Source

4. You Can Live Like You’re on Vacation Most of the Time

So now you’re living like you’re semi-retired with only a few chores to complete each day.

So you spend most of your time lounging in your super-cool urban neighbourhood, taking advantage of the hip social scene while sporting your hot body!

Alternate that with regular bouts of downtime pursuing your favourite hobbies & partaking in the latest novels & movies.

Sounds like a living vacation to me!

Your psychology & lifestyle are strongly affected by the details of the interior & exterior of your living space as well as your neighbourhood.
Your psychology & lifestyle are strongly affected by the details of the interior & exterior of your living space as well as your neighbourhood. | Source

5. You Can Cancel Your Appointments With The Psychologist

Come on! You must be happier already just with the above benefits 1 - 4! And there’s more happiness on its way!

  • Smaller homes are cozier & warmer. Family relationships have to become cozier & warmer as well, or they will end. Either way, dysfunctional relationships will be difficult to maintain & you’ll be happier in the long run.
  • It’s often been said that happiness comes from being productive & creative. You’ve already given yourself the time to be productive with beloved hobbies & a meaningful career.
  • The creativity part comes in when you’re trying to cram all your belongings into your small home & have them neatly organized as well. Don’t worry, your simpler lifestyle will allow ample time on Google learning how to do this!

By now it must be obvious that no one is going to consider you a high status individual. Not only is your home not big enough, you have no room to store the toys that scream, “Look at me! I’m wealthy! And I’m successful too!”

Nope. You’ll just have to let go of that basic human desire for approval. Any time spent maintaining an image will be wasted. You’ll just have to present the real you & feel better for it!

6. You Can Save the Environment

Obviously, living in a smaller footprint is considered more environmental.

  • Whether your small home uses electricity or gas, your utility bill will reflect your kindness to the environment.
  • Much money is spent in the pursuit of home improvement. Renovations, appliances, furnishings, art, dishware … With less space you can afford a higher quality of everything (which lasts longer)! For example, when dealing with 30 square feet of countertop, sexy granite becomes obtainable.
  • Because you purchase less stuff, you contribute, to a lesser degree, the raping & pillaging of the earth’s resources. This also means you send less to the landfill, which is even a further kindness to the environment.

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7. You Can Undermine The One Percent

Who are the one percent? They are the dudes at the top. The folks who own the corporations, that own the corporations, that in turn, own the corporations. The shareholders. The catalysts. The change makers.

The profits from everything you buy from a corporation (including bank loans) float up to the one percent. It’s how they thrive.

Remember the Occupy Movement? Well that certainly didn’t work, did it? Because protesting isn’t where our power lies.

Think of each dollar as a vote. Before you spend, think very carefully of what/who you are supporting. There are no absolutes - each of us will vote somewhat differently. This is the only power you really have.

Corporations profit from our addiction to:

  • Convenience
  • Entitlement
  • Immediate gratification

Otherwise known as greed, ignorance & laziness. Corporations can only survive if we continue to buy. The power for change lies within each individual!

Yes, size is important! Buying up space you rarely use (unless you rent it out) is both environmentally wasteful & financially unwise. A large home requiring much time & energy to maintain can severely impose constraints on what we want to experience in our life.

Purchase only as much square footage as you need, then embrace it. Organize it & make it your own.

Small spaces allow more time for living. It is also a great way to live green without becoming preachy about it.

Be proud of the smallness of your space!

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- Sylvia Leong



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    • Sylvia Leong profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Leong 

      3 years ago from North Vancouver (Canada)

      I appreciate your comment MarloByDesign! Good luck with saving some money.

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      MarloByDesign 

      3 years ago from United States

      Rated 'Interesting' and 'Voted Up'. I like your ideas about saving money by paying less interest on a smaller mortgage and pay less energy costs!

    • Sylvia Leong profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Leong 

      4 years ago from North Vancouver (Canada)

      Thanks for reading & for the kind words Billybuc. Congratulations on your downsizing! We currently live in 670 square feet - so pretty much the same size as the space you'll eventually have.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are a funny lady, Sylvia. Although you were speaking the truth throughout, you did it with great humor.

      We currently live in a 1,300 sq ft home...we plan on living in 700 sq ft in two years. Everything you said is true and then some. :)

    • Sylvia Leong profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Leong 

      4 years ago from North Vancouver (Canada)

      Thank you for your comments Iris Draak & Sheilamyers!

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      sheilamyers 

      4 years ago

      If you had an option in your poll saying "all the above", I would have chosen it. As it is, I chose the one about less cleaning and maintenance because that's what I like the most about my small house. I won't complain about my larger lot because I love the extra outdoor space, but that's where the most work is - cutting grass. Thank goodness for riding lawnmowers.

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      Cristen Iris 

      4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Amen to all that. :) I loved your opener too- somewhere between dinosaurs and vacuum cleaners. Haha!

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