So, in no official order, I give you just a few of the awesome things about living in a small house:
- See above. Cleaning, while still not my favorite thing in the world, is a relative snap – and not near as time consuming as it used to be.
- Less money spent on upkeep for the house. i.e. There is only one toilet to fix instead of three or four.
- Three words: Smallest...Mortgage…Ever!
- Lower utility bills – Electric was $40 in May & $71 in June – our previous house (2250 sq ft) had bills of $190 & $275, respectively.
- Our property taxes here are $4,000 less than our old house, and we’ve only moved one mile away.
- We always know where the kids are, and know they can hear us when we call them out of their bedroom. Now, getting them to respond is another issue, but at least they don’t have the “But I didn’t hear you!” excuse at their disposal.
- Smaller lot = less upkeep on the landscape.
- Less clutter. While I sometimes look around and don’t feel this way, we have drastically reduced the amount of “stuff” we own. Moving from 2250 square feet, to 1500 (for only a few months), down to 1000, we had no choice but to hold numerous garage sales to get rid of items we knew we wouldn’t have the room for. Not only did we make a bit of money, but we are free of the weight of all of those frivolous items. Now most things in our house have a definite purpose and are used on a mostly daily basis. It’s also easier to find what you’re looking for if you’re not having to search in the basement, the garage attic, the house attic, and under every bed and in every closet for a single item.
Now 743 square feet may sound tiny to some, but in reality it is a monster! Jay Shafer, at Tumbleweed, has house plans as small as 67 square feet available for purchase. Seriously! For more small house inspiration try www.tinyhousedesign.com or www.tinyhouseblog.com.
While I don’t see us moving to a house this small until the kids are in college, I look forward to trying to convince Jason that this is where we need to be in our retirement years! He’s still not quite on board, but I have some tricks up my sleeves! –Carrie