Three years ago our family of 5 decided that moving into a smaller house to pay off debt and start to save money. For us, it was the right thing to do. Our marriage was suffering and we were sick and tired of living the paycheck to paycheck life. Truth be told, downsizing to a smaller house might not be the right answer for everyone. So how do you know if it’s right for you and what can you do to get started?
Almost 4 years ago we made the choice to downsize our home. Our family of 5 moved into a house that was nearly 2,000 square feet smaller than the one we were currently living in. There were many reasons for our family to downsize our home. If you have been wondering, “should I downsize my home?” Well, I’ve got the answer. Here are the 12 most common signs that you should downsize your home.
Two years ago we moved into a whole new house. A house with 2,000 less finished square feet than our previous house. Our plan was for a new beginning, a fresh start and a simpler way of living. We never could have imagined the big time changes that were about to take place in our home and in our lives. In the midst of this massive minimalist movement, a lot of people are asking themselves, “Is it worth it?” “Will I regret it?” These are the thoughts I know I had. I craved a downsized life, but, was it worth it? Do we regret it? Let’s talk downsized and how our family of 5 is doing after 2 years.
When my husband and I talked about our dream home, we envisioned many things, like a log house, old farm plantation house, your typical suburban house, etc. The idea to downsize your home never came to mind. In fact, it is only due to a stepping stone in our plan of building our dream home that we ended up living in a 600 square foot shop apartment. Our previous home was just over 1,400 square feet; perfect for raising a few children, one day.
I will be honest. Downsizing seemed like the WORST idea! I fought and fought for a different plan, but when we put pen to paper, it was the best option for us. It took us two months to build our shop and add our apartment into it. I dreaded the day we moved into it because I knew it meant I really had to downsize our things. I had already begun that process, but a lot more had to go for us to fit into our new home.
It was not until I finished decluttering all of the excess we owned that I saw the value in downsizing. The eye-opening process of recognizing what was actually excess and causing a lot of unnecessary stress in our lives was unfathomable! It took several months to declutter it all, but for the first time in my life, I felt free! The burden of our possessions no longer existed, and both of our lives changed dramatically!
More and more stories are popping up of people moving from big houses to smaller, more modestly sized homes. Our family made the big downsize almost 2 years ago now and have never looked back. Since then, we have continued to downsize. So if you are someone who has been dreaming of a downsized life but the idea of a big move is overwhelming, I’ve got some solutions for you! It’s actually very easy to plan a big downsize without moving. I have some personal tips and tricks that I have used as well as some ideas from the biggest downsizers out there.
We’ve all seen them: those amazing articles about the families who ditched the traditional lifestyle in favor of experiences and life on the road. Whether it’s an RV or a tiny house, the message behind those articles is that downsizing can bring with it an almost ethereal bliss and, while there might be some “growing pains,” the family ends up stronger, happier, and more