For decades, it was the norm to live in a large house that allowed for entertaining, welcoming family and storing your belongings over a lifetime. But that’s changing.
Clutter plays a large role in how humans feel about their lives, and more researchers are linking it to stress. When your home, mind and life are cluttered, it can directly impact confidence, happiness and attitude. As a result, more and more individuals are looking to simplify and declutter their surroundings for the sole purpose of feeling better about themselves. What your surroundings look like are often a direct reflection of you, how you feel and how well you manage daily responsibilities.
If you have been looking to simplify your life, by now you have probably heard of Marie Condo, whose name is trending thanks to her approach to decluttering a home. Through the KonMari Method™, Condo encourages individuals to decide whether an item brings joy before deciding to keep it. But you can choose among several prominent decluttering methods, including:
Individuals are also downsizing to smaller houses. In the past, larger homes typically housed several generations’ worth of people. As of 2014, the average house had just three people living in it, according to TekCarta.
One trend known as “tiny house living” continues to grow in popularity these days. Homeowners trade in their normal-sized homes in favor of ones that are about 500 to 1,000 square feet. Living in a tiny house makes it impossible to hold on to too many things and helps homeowners feel better about giving up belongings.
How small-space living can reduce your expenses
If you’re still unsure whether simplifying your life through decluttering or downsizing is right for you, check out the cost savings.
For starters, living in a smaller home means using less electricity and other utilities, which cuts down on these bills. And if part of your decluttering efforts involved getting rid of the car, you’ll also forgo the car loan payment, insurance and gas expenses.
Smaller homes also tend to come with smaller mortgage payments. That could mean either living in a more desirable location or paying off the mortgage early and ditching a huge expense. Want to live by the water but not pay beachfront prices? Coastal resident in places like Greenville, NC spend an average of 49% more on insurance than the rest of the state for their traditional home, so having a tiny home could reduce that expense significantly and give you those desired beach vibes.
You’ll also spend less on homeowners insurance and property taxes because the home takes up less space. If your tiny home doubles as an RV, you could also consolidate costs by getting one policy for your auto and home insurance.
Knocking out these expenses could free up money to travel. And with fewer chores to do around the house, you could focus your energy on saving for a big trip.
Benefits of simplifying your life
Simplifying your life could lead to several health benefits, including: