I could just as easily write 10 Reasons Your Small House May Result in the Dissolution of Your Marriage and Dysfunction of Your Children, but what good would that do my soul? So, here for you minimalists and small-space dwellers, is my list.
- Less to clean. This one’s self-explanatory. Fewer square feet equals less sweeping. Less furniture equals less dusting. And really, who wants another toilet to scrub?
- Less to heat and cool. There’s just less air space to heat in the winter and cool in the summer.
- Family togetherness. No one is able to hide out in his or her room alone since we all share rooms. Most time is spent together.
- Learning to share and be patient is not optional, especially when you have one bathroom. Six people, one bathroom, and everyone dressed and out the door for church at the same time on Sunday fosters cooperation.
- You accumulate less stuff. When there’s nowhere to go with it, you’re more selective about what you bring in and what you hang onto.
- Parental supervision. No privacy=no illicit secrets. One television in the main room of the house means no one’s watching anything inappropriate for his or her age (including the adults). Same goes for using electronic devices and reading books.
- Smaller footprint/less negative environmental impact. Fewer trees and natural beauty mowed down for our living space.
- In most cases, a smaller house costs less. A smaller mortgage leaves you with more money to spend elsewhere doing things you enjoy during all that time you don’t have to spend cleaning.
- More time spent outdoors. When there’s only so much you can do indoors, you’re forced to move outdoors where fresh air, natural beauty, and opportunities for exercise abound.
- Taxes, taxes, taxes.
Do you love your small home? Why or why not? Is your big house too much or does it give you the freedom to spread your wings?