I've recently moved from the largest apartment I've ever lived in solo (not exactly a palace, but a big-to-me two-bedroom) to a cozy 550 square foot one-bedroom apartment. The how-is-all-my-stuff-gonna-fit fears were intense this time, and there were a lot of things that didn't make the cut, but I managed to squeeze in the things I decided to fit. After stepping back, I can say that even just a few days into a new apartment, the benefits of going from big to small are obvious — and a delight.
1. The possibility of being able to only plug your vacuum in once and vacuum the whole house without having to find another outlet.
If you're laughing at this benefit and thinking it's not all that impressive or enticing, don't. Not having to stretch with your vacuum cord and not having to interrupt yourself when you're in the vacuum zone is a definitely positive aspect of living in a smaller home.
2. Speaking of cleaning, you can clean your whole space a whole lot faster.
It's just a fact of life: Less square footage translates into less surface area to scrub. That means you'll not only be able to keep your home cleaner easier, but spend less valuable time doing it.
3. The steps it takes to turn your new place into a cozy spot consist of moving your stuff in.
The thing about a small space is that you don't have to contend with any of the downsides of living in a big space, namely lofty rooms that are too big and cold feeling. Fitting your things in a small space snugly naturally lends itself to a cozy and comfy feel.
4. The downsizing of furniture means you now have only the best things you really love in your space
Going from a larger space to a smaller space usually means you have to get rid of a few things. That's not a bad thing! Not only is streamlining your stuff a great way to get on the path to a more uncluttered, minimalist lifestyle, it also means a very important thing. When you get to your new home, you'll be left with a curated grouping of your favorite, best stuff. And that's a great starting point for a new place!
What are your favorite benefits to downsizing homes? Have you ever had to downsize before? Tell us how it went.