5 Awesome Benefits to Downsizing Your Home
There is a recent trend with families; making the decision to downsize within their home.
What does that mean to downsize and live a more simple life?
Downsizing means that one is looking for a more simple way of living in their current environment. It’s not just for those who are retiring, or seniors who need to move to a different location.
You don’t have to be a minimalist, and you don’t have to move to a tiny home when downsizing!
It’s about a more simple way of living with less . . . . and freeing up space in your home!
Downsizing has become a trend that can be for anyone, in every stage of life. The LA Times has reported that the average US home has 300,000 items in their home. That’s a lot of stuff!
This past year, I too have been downsizing. I am going at a slower pace, because that’s what works for me, plus I don’t have a deadline.
Some are anxious and want to make a change more quickly. There is no wrong way to downsize. It really depends on what your goals are, and the timeline that you have set for yourself and your family.
If you are on the fence about downsizing, I’m going to share 5 awesome benefits to downsizing your home that may give you a fresh perspective and inspired to move forward!
Even those with young kids can benefit from downsizing their lives. I love that our family has lived a fairly simple life, a really good life, but very simple.
Because we made the decision to live this way, we have been able to do very special things and not feel overwhelmed. We decided that we wanted to share experiences with our kids, rather than have fancy stuff.
I know that God will always supply what we need.
We like to plan ahead as much as possible with expenses. I have learned that our family’s contentment has never come from the “stuff”. The kids may think that at the time, but I see how they enjoy the time we spend together, experiences and activities way more.
1. Save Money
This is probably one of the biggest reasons why people consider downsizing.
Ways that your family can save money by downsizing:
- Less money spent on buying more stuff
- Less money spent on maintaining stuff
- Save money by not having to replace things that break
- Save money not paying monthly or annual fees to maintain
- Less space to maintain and keep clean
- Less space to keep warm or cool, keeping utility costs down
- Smaller yard means less money spent for maintenance
There are no rules that say we have to have a certain lifestyle. Imagine living a more simple life and having a nice savings for retirement, college, live debt-free, and travel.
2. Gain Time
If we have less stuff, we have less to maintain, which means we gain time!
When I think about the time I spend cleaning, fixing, maintaining things in and outside of the home, that motivates me to let go of more and more.
Do you think about what you could let go of that would give you back some time?
It’s not just what can you give up that would give you time, it can also be what can you say “no” to that will give you time?
Things that can take more time:
- Yard work
- Getting a new pet
- Volunteer work you don’t enjoy
- Hobbies you don’t enjoy
- Furniture that needs to be dusted
- An abundance of clothes to be washed
- Lots of toys to clean up
- Overflow of papers
- Variety of home repairs and cleaning
- Looking for lost stuff
The time wasted just looking for things alone is a motivator! I know I have done this a few times, and I get frustrated with myself thinking about the time that was wasted looking for something!
3. Help Others
There are a number of ways that we can help others by making adjustments in our own life. The decisions we make for ourselves can have a ripple effect.
By downsizing you can help others by:
- Donating your items to ARC, VVA, or other non-profits helps to support jobs for those in need.
- Giving items that others need, like friends or family, so they don’t have to go buy them.
- You have more time to give to others, whether it family or volunteering.
- You can share your experience of downsizing and changing your life with others.
- Being an example to your children.
4. Time To Do What You Love
Now that you have downsized, you have time to do more of what you love!
Journaling about this will help to remind you on a regular basis about your reasons why you want to downsize.
Your goals will be reaffirmed, thinking about the time you can spend doing things that you love!
What do you love?
- Read more
- Time with kids
- New hobby
- A dream you have put off . . . until now
5. Changes Your Focus
Have you ever noticed how projects around the home, or managing our time, takes lots of our focus. We spend hours focusing at work, then to come home to projects and tasks.
Maybe you don’t do projects and tasks in the evening or on the weekend. If not, then our homes and the things become neglected.
Downsizing our lives allows us to have the brainpower to focus on things that are more important to us than our stuff.
This can be very freeing.
Letting go and seeing how your focus can change to people and experiences that you truly desire to be a part of.
Downsizing Home Checklist: Getting Started
It helps to have a plan in place before you begin downsize. By having a plan, and knowing WHY you are doing it, will help you to stay on track and keep your momentum.
Here’s a free printable to help with your Downsize Plan. With so many benefits to downsizing your home, it’s a very exciting time with so many possibilities ahead of you and your family!
Cheering you on to a more simple life!