Small House Living – I love it! I’ve moved 18 times in my life, twice from one end of the earth to the other! I’ve lived in apartments, townhouses, homesteads, big houses, small houses – you name it I’ve lived in it – or so it feels. But I have to say that Red Robin Cottage is the smallest and most cosy of all the places I’ve lived in and I think is my all time favorite.
There have been times in my life when I have yearned for and could have done with more space and more garden, but now I am firmly of the mind that small is good. Hand on heart I wouldn’t swap my cottage for a large house and garden now and if you are dreaming of moving to a bigger house and garden then first please listen to my reasons for loving small house living…..
1 I love having a clean and tidy house, but I have so many other things I would rather be doing than housework! Small house living means that I can clean the whole house to a good standard in under 3 hours. I am a great fan of speed cleaning, CLICK HERE to read my post on Speed Cleaning, but tidying, dusting, mopping and vacuuming a four bedroom house with family room, home office, dining room etc etc takes a lot longer. So unless everyone in your family is super keen to help then it is going to be you who is going to be doing most of that cleaning.
2 Small means there is no space for accumulating “stuff”! Whilst I am writing this I am in the middle of my yearly look at everything in Red Robin Cottage, if I haven’t used it in the last year and it doesn’t have a special meaning for me then it gets sold, recycled, gifted or simply thrown away. Having “stuff” that simply clogs up the cupboards is such a waste of time as you have to fight you way through it to find what you want! Plus if you embrace the small house living way then you don’t waste money on items that you simply don’t need – and this spare cash can be spent on meaningful, life enhancing goods such as crafting materials. OK I’ll admit it, that is my one weakness!
3 Small house living means that you don’t have to worry about heating bills, property taxes, maintenance costs, huge mortgage repayments etc. I have a friend who lives in a house that is about 3 times the size of my cottage and her heating bill is very scary and a great worry for her. Whereas I can keep warm and snug and enjoy looking at the snow outside without any concerns.