We always want what's best for our family. Especially our children. Generally, we are conditioned to believe "the bigger, the better!" However, that may not be the case when it comes to the home you raise your children in.
Of course, it can be difficult to raise a family in a Tiny Home. But, the bigger the space the more hassle it can be. Always remember: it's never the things and space the children remember. The memories that last a lifetime are those that provided love, safety and excitement. The children will not care for the fancy furniture or larger than life bedrooms they were able to sleep in every night. They will appreciate a cozy and comfy home that they were lovingly raised in.
So, with all of that said, we have listed the 10 reasons why downsizing may be in the best interest of your family as compared to the opposite. Rather than pinching your pennies to purchase more land, perhaps consider life a little more simpler, with less square footage.
10 SAVES MONEY
Of course this is a no-brainer. Location depending, often when you downsize you cut down on the bills. With the cost of land-tax to the actual purchase of the home, you will be able to contribute financially to other aspects of your life rather than sinking your hard-earned-cash into a bigger home.
9 LESS SPACE TO CLEAN
When you are a parent there seems to be a trail of a mess left behind every step you take. We're not kidding. This is quite the literal topic. Often, parents hire help to keep the home tidy. However, others believe this to be a waste of time and money considering how fast the home becomes an utter mess.
Especially on the days you clean the floor spotless. With this in mind, how beautiful would it be to have less floor to scrub? Less toilets to clean? Less space to provide mess? Glorious, right!?
8 LESS ROOMS TO FURNISH
Furnishing a home is not joke, and no cheap feat. Whether you decide to furnish with vintage or pre-owned items, it's still quite the hassle to fill the spaces in your homes. Often, there are rooms that go unused or "saved" for special occasions or guests that never arrive. Usually because- who wants to spend the night with small, screaming children? Either way, the smaller the home the less you have to furnish. Simple.
7 LESS SPACE TO COOL AND HEAT
Speaking of saving money, the smaller the home the less you'll have to spend cooling and heating each room that goes unattended. Though there are specific systems that now target certain rooms and areas of homes, the generic air conditioner and furnace heats the entire home. Plus, if you downsize into a smaller place, you won't need to purchase that new technology to control your settings in the first place.
Not only will it save you money, but you will lower your carbon foot print and the world will thank you.
6 ENCOURAGES OUTDOOR PLAY
The less space that your children and family have to wonder and take up, the more they're going to want to explore the outdoors. This is of course not a bad thing. Encouraging outdoor play is an incredible way to build fine-motor skills, imagination and physical activity. There is absolutely nothing like the fresh, outdoors. The smaller the home, the more likely they'll want to "escape" and play outside. Now, what's wrong with that?
5 LESS MAINTENANCE
Being a home-owner/renter means a lot of maintenance. The bigger the property the more you'll have to do, of course. The more you have to tend to, the less time and money you will have. Whether you're a hands-on individual who will fix issues in the moment, or a person who prefers to hire help, the smaller your home the less you will have to worry about. From painting rooms to fixing clogged toilets, to patching up the roof and weeding the garden, less space means less work.
4 ABILITY TO PURGE
When downsizing, you will do the opposite of purchasing new items to fill the space. Luckily, when you downsize you are able to get rid of the items that you either never use or truly do not love.
It's important to only keep the things you need, love and use. If it does not bring happiness, there shouldn't be a reason you are keeping it. By moving into a smaller space, it will encourage you to purge the items that are useless.
3 MORE GRATITUDE
Many times less is more. This is also in regards to the home you choose to live in. When you downsize your home you often show gratitude for what you have. The less you have, the more appreciation you will have for what you do own. This includes the space you choose to raise your family in. Downsizing will encourage gratitude. And frankly, we all could use a little more of that in our lives.
2 ENCOURAGES CHILD'S INDEPENDENCE
Though often thought of as the opposite (the bigger the space the more privacy a child can have), having a smaller home will encourage the child to go out more frequently, keep care of their cherished space and perhaps help around the home. For example, if you have a quaint and cozy kitchen, the smaller space may provide quality bonding for the family to prepare meals together in. Downsizing has its perks, especially the independence of your child that it may provide.
1 PROVIDES MORE TIME FOR FAMILY
Considering the last 9 examples of why downsizing can benefit your family more than buying bigger, it all comes down to having more time with your family. The less work you have to do around the house, the more time you will have together.
Downsizing will provide more time for the family. You save on time to work on home-projects, energy used to clean a large space and moments away from home to be able to afford a larger space. Keep this in mind, because we only get so much time with our children.