4 Benefits of Shifting to a Smaller Home

I love decorating for Halloween and a little for Christmas, and it was much easier in our old 550 sq. ft. apartment than it is in our current 3750 sq. ft. house. Strangely enough, our utility bills are really, really similar just because of the efficiency of our big home’s systems compared to those at the apartment…

I have recently shifted to a small home for some obvious reasons and after a couple of years, I’m glad to say I took the right decision. Yes, I had to do a lot of adjustment as I had always lived in a spacious three-storied house. It took me a few months to adjust myself to a 1000 sq-ft flat that accommodates only two bedrooms, one open-kitchen cum dining room, two bathrooms, a veranda and a small study room.

Shifting to a Smaller Home

I want to share some obvious advantages of owning a smaller home that most of you like to ditch in favor of a bigger space as soon as you get promotion and start earning a handsome package.

Low bill on utilities

We had to incur almost a fortune on our energy bill every month and it was expected as all of you know lighting up a larger home always pinches wallet. Since our shifting, we have found a considerable reduction on our utility bill. You will agree to me that it costs more for heating or cooling a larger home during summer and winter time. We have no big chandelier or ceiling light in our flat and our electricity consumption has dropped down significantly. And we also save a goodly sum on water used in kitchens and bathrooms.

Saving on home decoration

Well, that is never to say I like things to be in great disorder. In fact, I am very particular to keep things in the right place and so much finical about home decoration that my husband often complains that I pay less attention to him! The advantage of converting a smaller home into a well-decorated one is I didn’t have to buy a lot of things. I bought a few inexpensive show pieces, more colorful cushions and curtains and that were enough.

There is no question of squandering money on expensive furniture, electronic appliances, knick-knacks etc to fill every corner and inch. A smaller room will force you to make a list of your priorities for home decoration instead of pushing you into impulsive purchase.

Easy cleaning

Just do a simple math. If sweeping a mopping and larger room takes 20 minutes, how long will it take to clean an apartment having 8-10 rooms? Cleaning a smaller flat takes up less amount of time and what is more, you can do it on your own.

Downsizing expenses on staff payment

I appointed 10 staffs at my old apartment to do all types of housekeeping and gardening works. So you can easily assume that I had to part my ways with a heavy sum to pay them. As both of us are working professionals, so it was not possible to take care of such a larger apartment on our own. After shifting, we do most of the work ourselves, thus saving a lot on payment to staff. After we have been able to free up a good space on staff payment, we now use the surplus on our travelling and off course, to inflate our saving.

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