Living Small for U.S. Standards

I remember seeing these homes that had more space, more bedrooms, more closets, more bathrooms, and more yard space. And I wanted one of them until reality set it. All of these homes needed new carpet and a fresh coat of paint throughout the house. The kitchens and bathrooms were stuck in the 1960s. Some of those ovens are probably in history museums.

Years ago we started looking at larger homes. We claimed that we needed more space because our house was only 850 square feet of living space. It felt so small. Heck we had more garage space than living space. Stuff was hidden in closets and in drawers. Stuff regularly fell out of the closet. Drawers barely closed if they even closed at all. Stuff was always lost or missing. Missing stuff was almost always replaced. We started our new house hunt 5 summers ago.

This is the house!

The last home that we looked at was over 3,000 square feet. The second story addition looked a bit sketchy that some drywall might fall off in the middle of the night. It was a homeowner special. Then there was a first story addition that made absolutely no sense. It was some random, poorly made “bonus” room. There was a beautiful pool. The garage was detached. The area was peaceful and calm. The yard was close to 3 times the size of our yard. But I panicked. I’m talking sweaty palms panic. The panic that there is no way on earth you are going to get any sleep tonight panic.

We were going to pay a lot of money. We were going to pay a lot more in taxes. We were going to pay more to heat and cool the home. We were going to pay a lot of money to furnish the new home. If something breaks it was probably going to cost even more to fix.

The next day I talked Mr. BMM out of buying a new home. Our current home was certainly large enough for two adults and a pup. Our current home would be paid off far sooner than any new home. Our current home gives us money in our budget to travel, go out to eat, and live. Our current home is central to grocery stores, restaurants, and highways. Our current home already had new electrical installed. Our current home already had its bathroom updated. The only thing missing from our current home was some breathing room and an updated kitchen.

We are 5 years away from that dreadful day and still in the same 850 square foot home. After embracing minimalism, we might actually have too much space. Our clothes can have dance parties in the closet. We have space to be together as well as having some alone time. Our pup still has his favorite places to nap throughout the house. We take family walks to stretch out legs. Pretty sure our pup does not care about the size of his home, rather he wants more belly rubs and treats.

It’s funny what you see after you strip out the excess in your life. You can finally see what is essential to live. You can be more objective on what is important. I believe that you make better choices too.

Was there a project or purchase you really wanted and then decided completely against it?

3 thoughts on “Living Small for U.S. Standards

  1. I think you made the right choice. One of the biggest financial mistakes people make is buying more house than they need, then becoming a slave to their mortgage. We sill live in the same house that we bought 25 years ago when we got married. It’s 1500 square feet. We have toyed with buying a bigger house over the years and just never did it. Now that my kids are older (20 and 17), I am so glad we stayed put.

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  2. We also still live in our “starter” ranch. It’s paid for and we have great neighbors and space around us. Having no mortgage allows us to travel and fund our teen’s college savings account (and our retirement).

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