Bigger’s Not Always Better: 10 Reasons to Love (Cleaning) Your Small Home

published Dec 13, 2016
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When it comes to cleaning house, bigger definitely isn’t always better. Ask anyone with a giant place if they’d rather be responsible for looking after a studio-sized apartment—and suddenly your humble abode won’t seem so bad after all. In fact, preserving your neat and orderly small-ish home can feel relatively painless when you compare it to cleaning ones with more square-footage—consider it the silver lining of small housekeeping. Read ahead for more reasons why maintaining a modest dwelling is substantially easier than being in charge of a big one.

1. You save lots of time

Perhaps the greatest perk of small housekeeping is that it doesn’t really take all that much time to do it. Assuming you’re not a hoarder and or a lover of dust mites, you can probably get away with picking up after yourself for just a few minutes a day and still come off as perfectly polished.

2. You already know where everything is

Another obvious perk of cleaning a smaller-sized space is that you don’t have to go searching for your supplies or new places to put things. Chances are you’ve already got a good grasp on where everything goes while you clean, and you always know exactly where to locate your dust buster.

3. A little goes a long way

Simple tasks like making your bed and sweeping the floor every day makes a much bigger impact in a small home. Which means that when you’re way too busy to take on a deep housecleaning, a few quick chores will get you guest-ready.

4. You’ve got tricks up your sleeve

Like most other small homeowners, you probably already have some solid housekeeping strategies in place. Maybe you’ve got a ton of hidden storage space built into your furniture or you’re just excellent at getting rid of stuff, either way you know ahead of time how to handle your housework.

5. You save lots of money

Less space equals fewer rooms to clean, which means you’ll save loads of moola on cleaning supplies.

6. Dusting is a breeze

When you’ve only got a handful of rooms you’re dealing with, it’s inevitable that you’ll run out of things to dust faster. Throw a quality duster in the mix, and you’ll have a dirt-free abode in no time.

7. You can say no to messy houseguests

Not only will you not sound rude when explaining to friends that you don’t have room for them to stay at your place—they probably won’t ask to crash there anyways!

8. You can clean in one day

No need to block out a whole weekend for a marathon cleaning session, odds are you can tackle your entire space in a few hours. Implement a proper plan of action and you’re likely to end up with time to spare.

9. You stay cleaner

No one who lives in a cramped small place feels comfortable sitting in the middle of a big mess, so we’re guessing you’ve already made a habit of cleaning up a little bit everyday to keep your place tidy.

10. Your home is actually cleaner than you think it is

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, if you care about housework at all, then there’s a good chance your home is already in pretty decent shape. Coupled with the fact that you have less square footage to spruce up, it’s safe to assume you’re place is at least partially nice and neat.