Why We Went Smaller
I have written several posts before about how to simplify your life and why your family will thank you. Due to our simplification process, we decided to sell our home and move into a smaller place. We left a 3 bedroom home to go to a 1 bedroom home and couldn’t be happier! We have finally settled into our new, smaller home with everything in its place. Consequently, many people we have spoken to do not understand why anyone would do this. It seems as if we are going backwards.
You know the American dream is to buy a big house and have a great job with children. Oh, I forgot the white fence. And the dog. It seems like everyone always wants to get more stuff and bigger homes. Yet, people seem unhappy and grumpy. The problem with us was, we didn’t feel like we had time to invest in each other and our daughter because we were so busy taking care of all of our stuff. And working on the house, because that truly never ends. Just ask anyone who owns a home! Something always needs to be fixed, painted, updated, cleaned, etc. And then, there’s the outside. It is never ending. Rather than fixing up physical things, we’d rather invest in relationships.
How We Feel Now
After moving out and getting unpacked, we are completely at peace with our decision. The smaller home can be cleaned in no time at all. We have more time to spend with each other and less stuff cluttering our space. As I have written before, it was very difficult to start the process. Many of us have an emotional connection to our stuff. Hence, getting rid of stuff is very personal.
But, now that we have come full circle, I can tell you that it is worth it! I can tell a difference in my stress level. We are happier and feel free. There is freedom in simplifying! Since moving, we now have more time and money to continue to pay down debt. God does not want us to be in debt. It’s not healthy to owe money to others for things that we cannot afford. Many people go their entire lives in debt, whether it’s a mortgage or car payment, or both. As a result, they may never experience the freedom that comes with having less stuff. Most of all, humans were created to thrive on relationships, not FaceBook status or how big your house is, or how much stuff you buy. Relationships matter. All of our stuff really does not.
Benefits of Going Smaller
- More time to spend with family
- Don’t take things for granted
- Shifts priorities – you learn what is important
- Less stress
- Everything serves a purpose (or two)
- Peaceful (Especially if you live on a farm like we do!)
- You learn creative ways to do certain things
- Less waste – you’re not heating/cooling space you don’t use
How many of you actually use your dining room, anyway?!
I would encourage anyone reading this to look at what you are currently holding on to. Does it serve a purpose? Could you part with it? Everything that we own is stored in our subconscience. All those unnecessary trinkets are really clogging up your mental space. Read more here and here. Start in a closet. Or the garage. Is there enough space to park your car? If the answer is no, then that should be the goal. It’s so sad to see all of these homes with garages and cars parked outside. Don’t pay for storage, go through your belongings and purge! I promise, you won’t regret it. The long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term feelings. Don’t be afraid to go against the grain or “norm” just because others aren’t.
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