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7 Benefits to Living in a Smaller Home

Growing up, most of us thought that a big house equaled success and good fortune, so we worked hard just to be able to buy our “dream house.” While the size of a home depends on the taste and preferences of the home owners, many people would be just as comfortable (and probably happier) in a smaller home.

We left our big McMansion behind in Texas last year to move to small-town Oklahoma and downsize into a much smaller house. We’ve found there are many benefits to living in a smaller home. Today, I want to share a few of those with you.

Easier to Clean

A smaller home means less space to clean. You can drastically cut the time it takes to clean your home when you downsize your lifestyle. You can have fewer toilets to clean, fewer rooms to pick up, and fewer mirrors with fingerprints to wipe. Vacuuming can take half as much time! You can use that saved time to focus on more important items on your to-do list and spend more time with your family.

Easier to Maintain

Big, fancy homes may seem like a dream, but they can be very costly when it comes to maintaining them. A smaller home has less square footage, fewer light bulbs to change, and fewer appliances to service. When we downsized, we went from two HVAC units to service to only one. Smaller homes can mean less worry and fewer things that can break.

A Smaller House Encourages Intentional Living

Living in a small house can encourage you to become more intentional with your choices, from what you bring into your home to what you take out. Less space means less place to stockpile and hoard, so you’ll be more likely to buy things you and your family will use and avoid purchasing unnecessary items. You’ll also need to decide if you can really fit all four of those TVs, or maybe you only have room for two.

A Smaller House Builds Better Relationships

Living in a small house means you’ll be seeing your family more often — there are fewer rooms for everyone to spread out and hide! This means you must learn to work around and accommodate each other. Having this physical closeness helps in diffusing issues even before they occur.

It Enhances Simplicity

A smaller home encourages you to live a simple life. A smaller house is easier to redecorate and renovate. Smaller accommodations means you’ll need to be more intentional about your decor, your furniture, and your stuff. A smaller house also requires fewer resources to build and maintain, making it a simpler, more environmentally friendly choice.

It Takes Less Time to Declutter

A small house simply cannot hold all the clutter a large house can, so decluttering can be much faster. Removing unwanted items allows you to create more space in your house. That smaller square footage will force you to decide what you really need and what you can live without.

Lower Utility Costs

The utility costs, taxes, land rates, insurance, cooling systems, and electricity can be so much lower in a small home, especially if you’re willing to make a few eco-friendly changes. A smaller home also means a smaller mortgage payment.

While it may seem prestigious and like you’ve “made it” to own a big home, being a small-home owner may be the choice that makes you happier and makes it easier to live a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle.

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How Simplicity Can Help You Live a More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

Simple living should be simple, right? However, simple living is a gradual process: you don’t just wake up one morning and start living a simple lifestyle. It takes some time to learn new ways to get rid of and avoid clutter in your life — the craziness, chaos, and complications that are a characteristic of modern life. Simple living has several benefits, and helping you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle is one of the major benefits. Here is how simplicity can help you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle: 

Use what you already have

Simple living involves buying only what you need, not always everything you want. This means you will be encouraged to use what you have instead of buying something new just because you feel like you want it. When you decide to live more sustainably, you don’t have to go to the store to buy metal straws or an indoor composter to be eco-friendly. There are always affordable and even free ways to go green. You can use a small kitchen canister for composting food scraps, or collect rainwater in buckets for watering plants. Buying less will automatically lead to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Replace disposables with reusable options

Instead of using paper towels, you can use reusable cloth napkins, cloth rags, or towels to wipe your hands. After using paper towels, they will be disposed as trash, and this will lead to environmental issues. But when you start using reusable options, there won’t be any garbage to dispose of. Our family loves using cloth napkins (we feel so fancy!), reusable metal and glass straws, reusable water bottles and coffee mugs, as well as rags and washable cloths. I even have washable cotton pads to use instead of cotton balls for facial cleansing, and yes, (!) I have switched to the Diva Cup for controlling my monthly cycle.

Make your own natural beauty products

Making your own beauty and skin care products at home is a fun way to live naturally and more eco-friendly. It is easy, effective, and above all, you can customize all your products to suit your skin type. Coconut oil makes a great hair conditioner, skin lotion, and even cleanser if you try oil cleansing. Make your own lip balm with coconut oil and beeswax. Olive oil is fantastic as an eye makeup remover. DIY spa products can be decadent and inexpensive. You can even make your own baby products naturally. 

Eat healthy

Simplicity enables you to shop mindfully for good food and produce. Live with intention, and shop for food items when they are available, in season, and inexpensive. Organic fruit will cost less in-season than GMO fruit available out of season. This means that you can be mindful of what you eat, creating less food waste and eating in a more sustainable fashion. It’s also a great opportunity to instill healthy eating habits in your children.

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Simplicity ensures you avoid things that are unnecessary for your lifestyle. You will be living a more eco-friendly life without even knowing it, without having to put a lot of effort into sustainability. Simplicity enhances healthy living and creates a proactive, sustainable living environment. What are your favorite ways to incorporate eco-friendly living into simple living?

Have you read my free ebook, 101 Ways to Simplify Your Life? Get it here!