This morning I saw this article from Forbes: 8 Reasons To Buy a 1000 Sq. Ft. Home – and immediately I thought Well, we’re not far off! You see, our home is about 1400 square feet.
My next thought was, is it really that small? You see, I grew up in an average sized town-home. We shared one bathroom, had a one car garage (storage, really)… but it was plenty.
So when we found our home here in North Carolina, and it had TWO full bathrooms, a TWO car garage, I thought wow! This is more house than we’ll ever need! It’s perfect!
Now, what I have learned is that my family home was blessed with a wonderful feature – it was 3 floors. Bedrooms upstairs, living areas on the main level, and a large den / family room downstairs. While we love the open concept of our house now, the only thing it’s missing is a separate family room. A separate place to go. A different room for kids to play in… however you would use it. Ok, and maybe we’d like a smidge bigger of a dining room…
Anyway, back to the point. So I saw this article on Forbes… along with this beautiful photo…
And I thought, what is the norm these days that people have to be convinced to downsize to a 1000 square foot home?
Don’t get me wrong, I find myself wondering about the house we might one day be able to afford. Or the idea of each child having their own room, and still having a guest room. But no matter how wonderful I think a larger home would be down the road, I always come back to a few key reasons why I’m so happy where we are now.
- I don’t want to be house-poor. A good friend recently told us that while he loved his new home, he’s working just to pay the mortgage, and doesn’t end up with any spare money to do anything he’d like. Be it a vacation, new clothes, house upgrades, etc. He’s so busy trying to pay the mortgage, that he can’t save a penny. Now, our mortgage isn’t pennies. But it leaves us room in the budget for other things, and for that, I’m grateful.
- I am not a maid. I’m not that great at even taking care of what we do have. If we had any bigger of a home, I feel like I would never stop cleaning. There would always be another room to pick up, more to vacuum, more to dust and mop. It already feels like it never ends, I can’t imagine more. And y’all, we don’t even have kids yet…
- Utilities. We live at the beach. It is hot and humid. While we do get a break in the winter (we hardly ever turn the heat on) the summers are expensive! The smaller the house, the smaller the bills. Win, win.
- I never wanted a fixer-upper. Even with our smaller home, it seems there’s always something to work on. Gutters to clean. Kitchen to remodel. Floors to replace. Even the outside – landscaping we want to improve, and the regular yard maintenance. I can’t imagine having more house to fix, and I’m sure M can’t imagine more yard to keep up on!
- Our kids will share a room. We know we’re having one boy and one girl, so we’re definitely aware that down the road, we’ll have to split them up. But, for as long as possible (and if we ever had a third) – they will share! They will always share a bathroom. The bedrooms aren’t huge, even when they have their own. But I think this is a lifelong lesson that’s greatly overlooked these days! I have so many friends that had their own room and bathroom growing up, and college was a nightmare. I’m sure there are many other side effects (good and bad) of growing up with your own space. But, I personally am thankful that I learned to share a space early in life. Especially sharing a bathroom!
- Less is more. So, at the end of the day, with all the dreaming I could ever do… I love our smaller home! It’s cozy! It’s simple! It’s plenty! And sure, maybe one day we will be blessed enough to be able to live in a bigger space. But at the same time, we are just as thrilled that this little space is perfect for us!
Are you Tiny House Living? Wanting to de-clutter? Feel the need for more? Let us know in the comments below what you think!