Downsize Your Space to Find a Better Life
September 14, 2018 | Haley Kinard
 
Bigger is better, at least that’s the message modern society is always telling you when it comes to houses. But is that really true? Most people discover that too much space can cause too many problems they didn’t expect when they moved in. It’s expensive to maintain, as well as laborious and time-consuming. That’s why you need to be brave and buck the trend. You have everything to gain from downsizing, which could transform your life in many positive ways you’ve never imagined. Here’s how to get things rolling.

A Big Windfall

Many would cite this as the main reason. When you sell your larger home and buy a smaller one that’s less expensive, there’s going to be a tidy profit left that could number in the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on what real estate market you’re in. What you do with the money is up to you, but paying off student loans, investing in a mutual fund, or starting a business could give you the financial security you’ve been looking for all these years.

Monthly Savings

Oh, and the money just keeps piling up in your savings account as your utility bills shrink. That’s because it costs less to heat and cool a smaller space. If you want to keep up the momentum, now’s the time to change your energy-wasting habits and save even more money. Lauren Greutman, a personal finance expert, recommends replacing light bulbs, using dryer balls, and washing clothes with cold water the keep electricity usage to a minimum.

Less Cleaning

Cleaning has to be the worst chore out there, and it’s truly never finished. There’s always some sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming to do somewhere around the house, but it’s a lot less if you’re living small. What’s more, moving forces you to declutter, which means getting rid of old, useless items you longer need to arrive at a well-organized space that requires only the minimum of effort on your part to keep everything in its place.

More Time

Instead of getting bogged down with household drudgery, you can make better use of your evenings and weekends to chill out, get in shape or even make a little money. If you’re looking for ideas, the minimalist lifestyle website Deliberately Here has no less than 30 for you to consider. They range from the mundane such, as reading a book, to the inspiring, such as taking up a hobby or craft. Whatever you choose, you’ll be better off.

Stress Relief

So you’ve got more money and more free time, as well as less work and no clutter. Do you know what that means? Freedom from stress, or the closest you can come to that in this crazy modern world. There’s no way to overemphasize how important that is, as being in a constant state of worry leads to a whole host of negative consequences for your physical and mental health such as depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure.

A Fresh Chance

You’re starting up again in a new neighborhood, city, or state, which gives you the opportunity to make some radical changes to your life and completely reinvent yourself. That could mean starting your own business, taking on a new fitness regimen, or just getting out and making new friends. All of these things are easier when you’re surrounded by different scenery far away from the things that used to drag you down.

Sure, there are drawbacks to downsizing, and some of your family and friends may be less than impressed with your smaller dwelling. However, they’re stuck in the old paradigm and paying for it with too many expenses and hassles. You’re moving forward to a better life.

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Article provided by Gene Ramsey of  downsizingdad.com
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