The Perks of Small Living & An Update on My New House

Perks of Small Living

I’ve been in my new house and experiencing small living for a little over a week now and have quickly settled in! I love this place. It was a spontaneous move, but it’s definitely right for me. Here are just a few of the many things I love about my new small house.

It forces me to slow down.

Technically my last house was in the suburbs, but with a major highway in my backyard and Minneapolis only a few miles away, it didn’t feel very suburban. Rather, I didn’t realize it until I really moved to the suburbs. I’m not out in the country by any means, but I’m in a regular neighborhood. My old neighborhood was along a busy road and almost every street was a dead-end. Not very good for walks with the dog!

But my new neighborhood…everything just feels more spread out, less cramped. Even with the occasional train horn, it’s quiet! There are logical blocks, great for walking the dog! People wave as they walk by. It’s forced me to slow down and enjoy some more slow living type activities! I’m content to spend my evening sitting out front with a book or on long walks with my dog Max. And I can see so many stars at night here!

Reading Nook

Spare bedroom. One of my favorite spots in the house.

My new cozy reading chair arrived a few days ago and it takes up most of the tiny spare bedroom, making the perfect little reading nook. I love curling up in there when it’s too hot to read outside. I usually have an animal or 3 with me! In my old house the spare bedroom was an actual bedroom and since I rarely have overnight guests, the room mostly just sat there. It’s nice to have a purpose for the spare bedroom now and actually spend time in it!

I also have a wonderful 5 minute walk to work and have enjoyed having that little time to be outside, get moving, and decompress a bit. I get so much free time back and have no more of the stress that comes with a commute. It’s wonderful.

Being away from the city a bit just makes me feel less hurried and more at peace. It’s startling how much of an impact this has had on me!

Being away from the city a bit just makes me feel less hurried and more at peace. Click To Tweet

It costs less.

While I haven’t gotten my utility bills yet, I would be very shocked if they don’t cost less because there is so much less to heat and cool. I’m also saving a lot of money by walking to work: gas, car maintenance, less eating out for lunch, and fewer coffee runs.

The house itself was cheaper, so my mortgage payments are less and so is my insurance. There were a few small projects to do when I moved in, but since the house was flipped nearly every single thing is brand new. There were only a few needs (fence and garage) and I don’t even have any wants either! It’s exactly what I was looking for. So much time and money saved there and hopefully the savings will continue for a long while!

Embracing a slower, simpler lifestyle actually costs a lot less as many slow habits cost little to nothing.

It’s in line with my values.

Throughout the home selling and buying process I kept wondering if I would be sad to leave my first house. I loved that house, but I never got very emotional about leaving. I think I instantly felt at home in my new house because it is in line with my values: minimalism, lack of excess, having just what I use and love, a simple life, less environmental impact, and a lower cost of living. Of all the many things I love about my new home, this is the biggest one.

Living Room

Furniture fits just right! Plus a cat and a dog!

Overall Update

The move went well and there were a few tiny hiccups with house projects, but overall things have gone pretty smoothly! Gone are the random empty spaces in my old house as a result of all my decluttering…I swear I’m still a minimalist, but my furniture really fits in this place perfectly! So it’s a good thing I did all that paring down!

I love it here. It feels right. Mostly I’m still just in awe that this all actually worked out! I didn’t feel sure that I had this house until the day I signed the papers (mostly because the seller was a bit difficult) so I’m still processing that it’s actually mine! 

The biggest thing…getting your living situation in line with your values just feels darn good!

Getting your living situation in line with your values just feels darn good! Click To Tweet

 Perks of Small Living

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  1. I’m so happy for you and your new place! It looks just lovely and sounds like exactly what you, and your soul, needed. And boy do I envy you on the quiet neighborhood. There’s no such thing as quiet here. Hope you don’t mind my vicarious living. 🙂

  2. I’m envious of your little reading nook. The chair looks comfy too. I’m glad your settling in and your happy where you are. It’s always good to save money.
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  3. hooray for a new space! I’m in a studio apartment, so simply having a bedroom sounds like a ton of space. But I’m glad your new space is feeling right.

  4. Thanks for the update. Your house sounds perfect. So close to work and away from that busy highway. What a great move!

  5. I’m glad to see everything went well.
    Houses in Belgium are in general much smaller than in the US.
    After spending years collecting stuff, I have been downsizing. Ideally, I want to go to the minimal, but the journey has just started.
    Have a great Sunday!

  6. Congrats again on the new house! I’m so happy for you. It sounds like a great fit for you. In the past, I used to think that I wanted a big house or an “average” size house, but I’m starting to think more and more that I’d be happier in a smaller house. You inspire me to look into a smaller home when Ben and I buy our own home.

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