The thing is, I'm glad our house is small. There are so many advantages to owning a small home. Shall I list a few?
- Cheaper - we were able to buy a house in this crazy inflated Auckland market by buying smaller. Now our mortgage payments are a lot less than we were paying in rent.
- More land for gardens - the house footprint is small and made smaller by the fact it is two stories, so that gives us more land to plant fruit trees and build vegetable gardens. The knock-on effect is that we will become more self sufficient, and the food we grow will be fresher than what we can buy, won't have any packaging and won't take any petrol to get to us.
- Rates, insurance and electricity bills are reduced - so we are saving even more money.
- Intentional living - we can only keep things in the house that we really love and use, so we are not wasting our time buying, cleaning, sorting and organising stuff for no reason. And we save money again by not having to insure things we don't really need.
- Living together as a family - the kids are in each others' space, so they play together. Or fight. Or whatever they need to do. There is still room to escape outdoors, or to Paul's office or the bedrooms if they need some alone time. This isn't tiny home living, just small.
- Quicker to clean - one of my readers reminded me of this one, and it's so true. We have less windows to wash, less benches to wipe, less floors to clean. I can vacuum the whole downstairs without switching power sockets. Same thing upstairs. This frees up my time for much more exciting experiences.
|Living room and front door.|
|Looking into living room from our deck.|
|From left: entrance to kitchen, baby J, stairs to second story and door to Paul's office.|
|From left: view of ranch slider leading to deck, TV and dining room.|
|Kids playing with play doh on the covered part of our deck.|
|The uncovered section of deck, our yard and garden shed.|
I'll do a garden post at some point, when we figure out how to get into our garden shed and retrieve the garden tools that are trapped in there. (Long story.)
Paul's office probably deserves its own post, but I'll wait until we replace the garage door with a ranch slider (whenever that might be). The room is pretty dark at the moment, just the way Paul likes it.