More space vs. Less space
When moving, there are many choices one must ultimately make before, during, and after the move. One decision is the location you choose to move into. Are you looking to move into a location with more space, or are you downsizing? Both have positives and negatives. You will find an outline below on the topic.
Downsizing has many benefits and also many drawbacks.
- Less space for your items means that you may have to sell or give away many of your personal belongings. To some, this can be seen as a negative, since many people may be attached to certain items. You may also be losing money since you may have spent quite a bit more on your mountain bike or your huge TV than you will typically recoup from a sale. However, having less material items can also be seen as a huge plus, since as a result of getting rid of your stuff, clutter is dramatically decreased. This can have a huge positive mental effect on someone. With fewer things to think about, a person is more likely to have a more productive day. If you really can’t part with your items, consider renting a storage unit. This is a great compromise, and your belongings will stay safe and organized while they are not being used, and you can access your items at any time.
- Cleaning your home takes a lot less time when you own a smaller space. This, in turn, saves you a lot on cleaning products, and your energy can be put into other things! There won’t be as much floor space to sweep or vacuum, and it will be a breeze to keep dust away!
- Your energy costs go down dramatically when you move to a smaller home. It takes less light to light up a smaller room vs. a large room, so you will need less light fixtures. Your air conditioner will cool off a small room very quickly compared to a large space as well. It doesn’t take much energy to heat a small home in the winter time!
- One downside to moving into a smaller home is that you may feel cramped if you are used to living in a large space. This doesn’t mean you cannot adjust to this new living arrangement, however! There are many things you can do to make your new space feel larger and more welcoming, including putting mirrors up, building efficient storage and shelving areas, and adding house plants.
- One great thing about a small home is that smaller spaces stay organized much more easily, and you are less likely to lose things! This can reduce stress levels in some ways because we all know how stressful it is to look around your house for something for hours on end! It is a great feeling to know where everything you need is at all times.
Now that we have gone over the main good and bad points of a smaller home, let’s cover the pros and cons of a larger home:
- When you move into a larger home you are certainly able to have more stuff! This is great for people who like to shop and purchase items. A downside to this is that your home can quickly become cluttered!
- You will have plenty of room to re-arrange the furniture in many different layouts. Unlike a smaller home, where you may be pretty limited design-wise, a larger home allows for many options. The drawback to this is that you may have trouble finding affordable furniture that will fit in a larger space than what you are used to.
- If your new larger home comes with a garage or shed, you may have extra space that you haven’t had before for more cars, lawn equipment, sports equipment, and creative hobbies like music and art. Don’t forget that these areas are notorious for collecting junk, so be vigilant!
- Sometimes, along with more space, you may find yourself with a spare room. This has potential to become a room for your guests or even a rented room that can produce additional income. Some people may wish to use a spare bedroom to store items in. Also, a spare room is great for a place to practice music in, do creative activities, or be a designated playroom for kids toys.
- A larger home typically means higher bills when it comes to heating and cooling. This can be dealt with by installing solar panels and buying energy-efficient appliances to offset the increased energy cost. Consider adding extra insulation to your attic as well to keep the temperature stable within your home. There may also be more bills associated with your property such as pool maintenance, landscaping, and when it comes time to repair a roof, you will be spending more than if you had a smaller home.
Keep all of these things in mind when planning to move. Whether you are planning to move into a larger home, or ready to downsize, this list will hopefully help you think outside of the box!