We have recently downsized. And let me tell ya, it has been really hard for me to do.
I had no idea just how attached I was to stuff. And space. Without even realizing it, I had attached myself to items that don’t even matter. Downsizing is sanctifying. It really is. Every time I ignore my flesh and continue to purge, a small victory is won.
To be perfectly honest, downsizing was not my first choice. But the idea of debt freedom is so sweet, I knew this is what we needed to do. We are a family of ten, y’all. It has been hard. We no longer have that $800 utility bill though, and so many other things have been much cheaper, too. It really has propelled us forward in our debt free journey.
There are many, many benefits to downsizing homes. I thought I would share a small list of ways taking the plunge and moving into a smaller home is good for our family life. This has helped me to see hidden blessings in this season that we are in. So here are my top ten reasons why downsizing has been a good thing for us!
- Living in close quarters hones our patience.
- Our children will be better equipped to share, get along with, and even live with others once they enter adulthood.
- It is easier to monitor what type of material enters our homes when they are smaller.
- There are naturally more conversations when living in tight quarters, and relationships blossom.
- Much less time is spent cleaning, and more time is spent with our families.
- Finances are freed up, and more of our resources can go towards meaningful goals. Utility bills are cheaper as well,
- Financial and debt freedom is more easily attainable.
- Bad attitudes are seen more plainly, and we can address heart issues faster.
- Our children will learn that stuff isn’t as important as they once thought it was.
- Hopefully, one day we will see a shift from the materialistic culture we live in now.
I try my best to be quick to remind myself of the hidden “downsize blessings” that naturally occur whenever I miss our old home. Besides that, our finances look totally different now, which is huge.
What about you? Please feel free to share your favorite thing about downsizing with us!