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Top 10 Benefits of Moving into a Smaller Place

I recently moved into a smaller place:  fewer bedrooms, smaller living room, smaller family room.  Here are ten benefits of moving into a smaller place.

I love saving money.
1.  Lower rent
2.  Lower deposit
3.  Lower utilities
Yes, these 3 are all related to money, and they are all wonderful.  Lower cost-of-living was one of the main impetuses for the move, after all.  

I do not look this happy when I'm cleaning.

4.  Less to clean
This is something for which I feel grateful almost every single day.  I hated cleaning the last place.  

5.  Less room for all your stuff, so you have to get rid of some
I sold many things on Craig's List and donated bags and bags before the move.
Do I really want a Cuisinart Food Processor?
6.  Less room for all your stuff, so you think hard before you buy something new
In my opinion, this is a huge benefit of a smaller place.  If you already feel like the kitchen is a bit cluttered with all your cooking paraphernalia, you think long and hard before bringing home a new kitchen gadget.

7.  Smaller footprint
One of the side benefits of buying less is that it is almost always better for the environment.  A smaller house means less materials used, less energy consumed, less products purchased.

8.  More togetherness 
Since I spend less time cleaning, I have more time to enjoy with my kids.  And now that we live in a smaller place, we are always in close vicinity to one another.  This makes certain things, like potty training a toddler and an infant simultaneously, easier.  It also means you'll still hear the baby wake up from a nap, even if the battery in your monitor dies.

I hate moving, especially packing.
9.  Less to pack when you move again
10. Less to clean when you move again
I've moved 4 times in 3 years, folks, so now when I move into a place, I'm already thinking about how big a pain it will be to move out of.

I really do prefer our smaller place.  It helps that we have a great backyard.

This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday.