Smaller Home = Bigger Life

Today, everyone is talking about downsizing, tiny homes and minimalist lifestyles. We golden agers are often encouraged to downsize (not least by our kids who worry about our safety as we “rattle around in that big old house.” The transition from the big family home to an apartment or tiny home can seem daunting. But the reality is much more encouraging. Jamie C, who moved from a 3-bedroom home to a studio apartment, said “My home may be smaller, but my world feels bigger now that I can fully enjoy it.”

And in fact, there are a lot of very practical benefits to giving up all that space, starting with less maintenance. Cleaning and repairs are quicker and easier to handle in a smaller environment. You can also reduce your carbon footprint with a lower energy consumption.

Smaller spaces encourage a more intentional approach to possessions. This is proven to reduce stress and increase mental clarity. Even better, smaller spaces can feel cozier and more intimate, increasing a sense of comfort and security.

Rattling around in a big house by yourself can lead to feelings of loneliness. It may sound strange, but downsizing may actually bring more people into your life. “Less space made more room for what really counts: relationships, laughter and love,” enthused Sammy Y. 

Living in a smaller space gives you the time and motivation to get out and see people. And your cosy new home encourages inviting people over for a chat. 

Best of all, with less space to clean and maintain, you’ll have more free time for hobbies, relaxation and spending time with loved ones. Travel is simpler – just lock up and go! 

Lee H. put it this way “I downsized my space, but expanded my horizons. It’s a trade I’d make again and again.”

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