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I was wanting to hear some benifits to getting a smaller house. Right now we live in a 2000 sq foot home but in order to get in a better neighborhood we will have to get a smaller house. I am stressed about this so please tell me some good things.
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I had a friend who did this a few years ago. HOnestly, she still thinks it was the best possible thing that ever happened to her. She only kept what was truly special and meaningful & got rid of all the crap that people hang on to.

She motivates me to keep my house clutterfree.

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We just moved from a 1280sqft house to a 860sqft house. At first, it was awful, I felt so cramped. But now we are realizing how little we truly need, and what we do keep has a purpose. Its awesome! I feel a lot less stressed now!

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We moved to a much smaller house while I was pregnant (oh the irony!). Although I miss things like having space for guests and a home office for DH, here are things I DON'T miss:
a) cleaning more than one bathroom
b) cleaning bedrooms that aren't heavily used
c) having more spaces for *stuff* than I could mentally keep track of
d) having the excuse of all that space to buy crap I didn't really need at Target

Also, I like that in our small house DD can play with her dollhouse in one room, I can use the computer in another, and DH can work at the table and we're all sort of cozily together, not in separate parts of the house.

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We moved to a much smaller house while I was pregnant (oh the irony!). Although I miss things like having space for guests and a home office for DH, here are things I DON'T miss:
a) cleaning more than one bathroom
b) cleaning bedrooms that aren't heavily used
c) having more spaces for *stuff* than I could mentally keep track of
d) having the excuse of all that space to buy crap I didn't really need at Target

Also, I like that in our small house DD can play with her dollhouse in one room, I can use the computer in another, and DH can work at the table and we're all sort of cozily together, not in separate parts of the house.
I agree so much with this. There are six of us (and two cats and a German Shepherd) living in 1340 square foot. We actually use just two of the bedrooms. I have to think a lot about if something is worth the space it will take up in my house. I am almost always in declutter mode.
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I can't tell you how much I've been dreaming of living in a smaller home lately. I know it won't solve my clutter/ organization problems since that's an issue with habits, but it would definitely force me to get rid of a LOT of stuff. We've been decluttering for a couple of years now but have a loooong way to go. We're dreaming of moving into the countryside in the next few years, which would mean most likely living in a much smaller place for at least a few years while we save up to build, and so I am using that as motivation for me. I've been imagining what I would pack and what I would leave behind, and if I wouldnt' pack something (even if I have space for it in this house - which I really don't or it wouldn't be so messy) then I give it away.
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I can't say exactly that I'm happier in a small space, I do see some major advantages though!

--Utility costs are significantly lower
--Big time saver! Maintenance wise
--Had more "stuff" in a larger space

When you have a smaller space, somehow things feel 'simpler' in a way. You can devote time to more important things. I definitely am all for doing as little housework as possible. I grew up in a house about 2x this size and definitely this house is easier to maintain.
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Thank You!! Ya'll have helped me soooo much!!!
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