Retirement Downsizing: Is It Possible to Be Happier in Smaller Spaces?
The old adage that less is more certainly could apply to downsizing your home.
The Upside of Downsizing to a Smaller Space
There are many benefits to downsizing. It may seem like a big adjustment at first; however, downsizing can make for a very happy retiree.
Finances – If you think about it, maintaining and keeping up a bigger home may not be in your best interest any longer.
Cleaning – There is much less cleaning to be done in a smaller home. If you do not need the extra space, why spend time and money cleaning a larger home when you can downsize.
Saving time – Once you have successfully downsized, there is a great deal more time available throughout your day for activities that you enjoy. Less maintenance, less cleaning, and fewer repairs all equate to more time for enjoyable activities.
Saving money – The less you have to care for, the more money you will automatically save. If you had a four-bedroom home and now have a two-bedroom condominium, you will save money on cleaning supplies, utilities, and home décor, as well as not having to repaint every couple of years.
Enjoying yourself – When you have a large home, there are things to consider such as the backyard, the curb appeal, the pool, raking leaves and shoveling snow, making repairs, and keeping up in general.
When you downsize, you open up a new avenue for fun and relaxation. All that time you spend cleaning and maintaining is now time you can spend golfing, going to the beach, walking, and most anything you like to enjoy.
While having a big beautiful home is the dream of many, downsizing into a smaller space has definite advantages, too.