Confession time. In the past I’ve wanted a bit…more. I hate saying that, but it’s true. There was a time when I wanted newer, bigger, better, brighter, and shinier. I wanted it, so I went out and got it. And then I got a little tripped up by the “bigger” part. We moved into a brand-new home that was almost 4,000 sq ft. It had five bedrooms, a media room, an office, and a game room. It was BIG. And it was way more than we needed. I quickly realized that I was in over my head…so we downsized.
For a while now I’ve been drawn to the idea of a simpler life. One that is less cluttered with stuff, but filled with moments and memories. I’ve been craving peace and contentment and let me tell ya, a messy house with a large mortgage is not how you find those two things! I told my husband that I desperately needed this change and he was on board. We trashed tons of stuff, donated and gave away tons more, and moved into a much smaller home.
Our new home is 2100 sq ft, a little over half the size of the old one. We lost several rooms, a bunch of junk, and a whole lot of stress! I am happy. I feel like we can actually breathe again. We can rest. We can be together. We can work together and get things done. It’s just so darn good! We downsized, and here’s why I love it:
It’s easier to clean.
I was overwhelmed before. I absolutely could not keep up with it. It would take me an entire day to clean just the first floor. (Remember, I have a toddler who I like to call “baby destructo”). We had so much space and we bought stuff to fill up that space. There was stuff everywhere! I couldn’t focus on homeschooling my kids because I always had a giant house to keep up with. Now, I have only two toilets to clean. I have a small tile area in the kitchen and dining room that takes just a few minutes to sweep. We have less room which means less stuff and less mess. I will admit that there are stuffed animals and plushies covering the playroom floor but it’s super easy to pick them up and put them away. I’m now able to clean my entire house in about an hour or so…I have so much more time!
Finding lost items is so much easier.
You know why? Because there’s only so many places they can hide! Lol We called our old house the “black hole” because we lost all kinds of things. Remotes, papers, driver’s licenses, contacts, phone chargers. Gone. Disappeared. It used to drive me crazy! We’ve already lost two things in the last two weeks (because we’re thebaxfamfive and that’s what we do) but they were easily found. Remote—in the buffet drawer. Thanks, Keatyn! Screwdriver—in my car. That one took a little bit of time to find because why in the world is there a screwdriver in my car?!?! It didn’t take us long to realize it wasn’t anywhere in the house, though.
Decorating is fun.
Big houses have big, empty walls. They’re so big. And so tall. And I’m so not gifted when it comes to decorating houses. I was intimidated by those big, tall, empty walls. So my house stayed plain and boring. Well, I did throw the odd decoration up on the wall randomly, which I’m pretty sure made it all look worse. Lol Here in small houses there are small walls in small sections of the house. All I have to do is group a few pieces together and it gives the impression that I know what I’m doing. 😉 Seriously, three pieces is all it took to make my tiny kitchen look fabulous. A couple of throw pillows on the sofa and a woven basket with cozy blankets nearby and BAM! the living room is done. (I’m still working on the dining room and play room but I’ll share a few pictures of those when they’re finished.)
Our pocketbook is screaming in relief.
Y’all…smaller house = smaller payment. This is good in soooo many ways. Tight finances are extremely stressful and can put quite a strain on a marriage. No one wants that. What we want is to provide for our kids and to save for the future. It takes money to do that, am I right? I’d rather live in a smaller house now and know that we’ll be comfortable when my husband retires. I’d rather have my kids in activities that enrich their lives rather than spending that money on a media room. (A media room that we never used!)
Going small and simplifying was one of the best decisions we’ve made. I feel lighter. More peaceful. Less frazzled. We downsized…and I love it!