Google+ Authentic Parenting: Why You Should Consider Downsizing

Monday, February 13, 2012

Why You Should Consider Downsizing

Content provided by Alex S.

In America, we are obsessed with space. We all need space, and a lot of it in order to be happy – or so we think. Each child usually has their own room, there are designated spaces in the house for each individual – whether it be a den, a playroom, or a craftroom, and we desire large closets, garages, and basements to store all our things.

However, this obsession with space is not only costing us more and further straining our environment, but it is also pulling our families further apart. We all know that having a larger home comes with a larger price tag and a higher utility bill which only increases our carbon footprint, but how many have actually considered the impact excessive space has on a family?

Having alone time is important for everyone. Kids need to be able to play on their own and explore themselves without the influence of others from time to time. But having dedicated areas for each member of your home to recede to, is just asking for a house disconnected. You will essentially be drawn to leading separate lives, and become simply a group of strangers all living under one roof.

Sharing a room never killed any kids, and turning the great room into an entertainment room for all to enjoy never destroyed the social circle of any adult couple. In fact, most other families in other countries around the world happily share a space the size of our living room and kitchen combined, and experience stronger familial bonds because of it.

So instead of looking up the best home loan lenders the next time you wonder about increasing the amount of space you share with your family, consider ways in which you can maximize the space you already have – if not, downsize the space you have. By downsizing, you will not only perpetuate more family togetherness, but you will also save money and reduce your energy consumption – two things every family can afford to focus on.


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5 comments:

  1. where i come from, only the top 8% earners can afford big, landed homes. most are forced to live in tiny boxes. My children have their individual rooms but i've seen families sharing rooms and their children grew up to be useful people and enjoying each other more.

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  2. Indeed!! I grew up with six people in our family in a small 3bedroom house. We shared everything! It taught me valuable lessons on sharing and not always getting what you want. We are house hunting right now and I was so surprised when my husband said he wanted "more space" These houses are way bigger than our current rental flat and I feel like we have plenty of space here! Not sure what people are looking for...

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  3. I live in Toronto, Canada in a 2-bedroom bungalow with my partner and 4 children. Our friends, families and neighbours are SHOCKED that we aren't considering moving to a bigger house. We live very comfortably on one income right now and don't feel crowded or cramped in our home. It is definitely a choice outside of the mainstream.

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  4. I'm in the process of downsizing and so excited about it! Also I'm reading a book and it says all the experts want to tell you instead of adding on to just clean your house and declutter, so true! Seems strange that the typical families size has decreased and yet the home size has doubled and then some.

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  5. great post. I often think about how glad I am to have shared a room with my sister growing up, and how nice it is to live in a (relatively) small space now with my husband and four-year-old. Americans are nuts with their need for space, and even putting babies alone in a room is a modern idea, not a great one, in my opinion.

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