Downsize home

Downsizing your home is not something most people think about. In our teenage years, we tend to dream about our big future home and how many rooms it will have; how much money we’ll make and how it will all go.

Fast forward to your twenties, and real life has set in. We are in school or working full-time, and we suddenly realize it’s not as easy to have what we dreamed of in our teens.

For me, that’s exactly how it was. I had my dream house picked out and figured there was nothing wrong with five or six bedrooms and a nice front porch on a big lot. However, now that I’m older, I don’t want that anymore. I find myself wanting to have a much smaller house than I pictured as a child. I grew up in a nice average house, three bedrooms, backyard, and in an older neighborhood that was perfect for my family.

Now I want to get back to that, and there are a few ways you can do it!

1. Get rid of stuff. 

As much as you think you need the 10 soccer trophies you won as a kid, or the 300 books taking over your bookshelves, you really don’t. Once you purge and get rid of stuff, it truly feels like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

There was a challenge I did once that encourages you to get rid of junk and things you don’t need. It was a month long, and required you to get rid of one thing on the 1st of the month, two things on the 2nd of the month, three things on the 3rd, etc. As you can see, by the end of the month, if you make it that far, you will have gotten rid of 465 things. That seems intimidating, but it includes anything from a pencil to a table. I made it to day 17 last time I did that particular challenge and I plan on doing it again.

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2. Make a plan for moving.

Obviously downsizing to a smaller home doesn’t happen overnight, but make a plan for yourself and add goals to help yourself get there. This may start with a challenge like the one I described above, or you may take a more direct route and decide you want to downsize your living space in the next few months. 

Many twenty-somethings who are renting are restricted by a lease. This lease will eventually end, and that would be the perfect time for your to downsize to a smaller apartment.

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3. Don’t worry about others.

Because of your decision to downsize, you might have people in your life that will try and change your mind, or let their opinions known. Try to block all of that out.

Just because they think it’s ridiculous to move to a smaller place, doesn’t mean they are right. You have to do your own thing, and when you follow your own path, you will be much, much happier.

All of that being said, once you are finally settled and have downsized your home and life, you will definitely start to see the benefits, including:

1. Saving money.

This one is a no brainer. By moving to a smaller place, your expenses will be less, your rent or mortgage will be less, and you’ll be saving more as the days go on.

2. Free up your lifestyle.

By having a big home, you’d be surprised how much time you actually spend cleaning, organizing it, and try to keep it in tip-top shape. Downsizing allows you to use that time for things you enjoy, such as traveling, maybe going back to school part-time, or starting that hobby you’ve always wanted to try.

3. Quality over quantity.

When you have a smaller home, you aren’t buying as much furniture to fill up the space. A smaller place allows you to decorate just a few spaces with more important, sturdy, and quality pieces than buying a bunch of stuff to just fill a space that you might not even use.

All in all, there are so many benefits to downsizing your living space and life. As much as you may think that it’s stuff that makes you happy, it’s really not. In a smaller space you’ll start to appreciate the other wonderful things and people around you.