Here’s a collection of great articles on why you should be scaling back your housing costs. I guess I am seeking them out to validate a belief that I have already formed, which is that most of us really don’t need a mini-mansion. I sure don’t and neither does my family. Mini-mansions aren’t good for communities or Mama Earth.
Some folks have told me that they thought buying a big ol’ house would give everyone room to spread out, but instead the family tends to gather in just the kitchen and den. But, to be fair, big whoppin’ houses are good for competing with your neighbors (“ah-HA! Take that – my atrium is three stories high!”).
If you are blossoming into your 50’s, start thinking about the size of your house now. “We should be looking at smaller ‘starter’ homes as our ‘stay put’ homes,” says Ruth Davis Konisberg in this article in Time: “Why Housing Costs are the Biggest Threat to Your Retirement.” Forbes is on this bandwagon too with “Boomers Start Downsizing for Retirement.”
For those of you that feel that retirement is but a misty dream of the future, there are other good reasons to “live small.” You’ll find them here in three of my favorite articles:
- 12 Reasons Why You’ll Be Happier in a Smaller Home by Becoming Minimalist
- 8 Reasons I Love Life in a Small House by The Prairie Homestead
- Living in a Small House – Benefits & Challenges by Heather Levin.
What about you – do you live in a smaller home? A larger home? What do you like about it? Or not?