Everyone has had that dream at some point growing up; that dream to own a Richie Rich-size mansion with a legion of highly-trained butlers, a living room decorated with animal busts over a nice, warm fireplace, and perhaps a swimming pool decked with water slides and jacuzzis on the side.
But let’s be realistic for a moment here: Unless you are hitting the lottery (or just really filthy rich), that mega-mansion of your dreams is going to remain a dream in the foreseeable future. The question is, however, if you really need that big of space in the first place. Living in a tiny space can actually be very beneficial for you. In fact, more and more people have been joining the Tiny House Movement. Here are a few reasons why:
5 Reasons Tiny House Living Reduces Stress
1. Tiny houses are easier to clean.
As important as cleaning may be, sometimes living in a large space just sucks the energy out of a person. Dusting, mopping, sweeping, vacuuming filthy carpet–doing these for multiple rooms can take hours; hours that you would’ve otherwise spent doing other things. Living in a tiny space cuts down the amount of time spent cleaning and frees you up for other tasks, like getting your grocery shopping done, reading that book you bought a month ago, and just taking a well-deserved nap, and so on.
2. Tiny houses get cheaper bills.
Do you shudder at the thought of receiving a bunch of bills every month? You won’t worry about it that much once you move into a smaller place. Fewer light bulbs constantly turned on, fewer dishes to wash, smaller refrigerator, fewer electronics, and less cleaning time are just some of the things that constantly spike up your bills every month.
3. Tiny houses are fun.
Living in small spaces won’t just cut down your monthly expenses, it’s quite fun too. The psychology behind this: smaller houses are puzzles. To live efficiently in such a tiny space, you’ll need to come up with ingenious ways to make the most of the space you have, like combining rooms and designing multi-use furniture. A few examples of space-saving furniture include wall beds, elevated ‘bedrooms,’ movable countertops, and so on. These problems breed creative solutions that can be really rewarding for a lot of people.
4. Tiny houses encourage simple living.
You hear the phrase ‘Bigger is Better’ thrown around a lot. While that may be true for other things, it might not be so with tiny house living. A lot of people have been switching to a more minimalist lifestyle in recent years and for a good, simple reason. Simple living can reduce stress. Your sleep, creativity, concentration, and productivity can all get boosts from such a lifestyle.
5. Tiny houses make decorating less stressful.
Smaller spaces mean less money spent on making your home look pleasing to the eyes. You’d also end up following a certain motif, which means less time scouring the department store. Bigger homes will have you spending so much more while smaller ones don’t just cost less, they are also less of a pain to design or plan.
Whether it’s the lessened cost or the reduced stress, living in a tiny home can be a very good decision for someone who doesn’t mind living in a small space. It’s fun, efficient, and cute. If your current home is taking up your time, money, and energy, downsizing may be a good idea.