Bigger isn’t Better: Design a Smaller Home that Makes You Happy Instead

The average American house shrunk slightly in 2017. Regardless, it’s still almost twice as big as it was in 1980. Families nowadays have some 2,422 square feet at their disposal, whereas their eighties counterparts enjoyed only 1,645 square feet.

But having that much space and using it effectively are two different things.

Families spend the majority of their time in the dining, kitchen and family rooms. Together, the three rooms total 1000 square feet, but it’s estimated that we only use 400 of that 1000 square feet with any regularity.

What’s the point of having all that space if you’re not even going to use it? Rather than buy a bigger house —which comes with a range of hidden costs on top of the purchase price, a better idea is design a smaller home you know will make you happy.

Benefits of a Smaller House

If we’re clearly not inclined to make full use of the extra square footage, it really doesn’t make any sense to pay for it, either. Just think of how much you could potentially save by opting for something a little cozier.

The savings with a smaller house don’t end with the purchase price. By avoiding that swanky big dream house, you’re also side-stepping a large money pit. One that will quickly dispose of your spare cash as well as your leisure time.

Think about it, decluttering your home won’t be on your list of weekend chores anymore.

Tiny houses can save the earth, but you don’t have to become a Hobbit to do your bit for the environment. Simply choosing a smaller home can make all the difference. Among other things, you’ll consume less energy and use fewer materials in the building process.

Designing a Home that will Make You Happy

Whether it’s preparing meals, entertaining friends, building forts with the kids or sleeping, most of us spend a lot of time at home. It makes sense, then, that we’re happy there. After all, there’s no point having a house if you don’t relish the idea of actually living in it.

We’ve already ascertained that you’ll be happier in a smaller house. But what else can you do to ensure your abode will improve your overall mood, rather than bring it down?

Helpfully, the guys at SavingSpot have compiled the best tips and techniques to help design a home that will make you happier and keep you rested, inspired and healthy. From the right use of color to furniture placement and smart design ideas, they’ve got you covered.

Design a Home That Will Make You Happy

Check out the graphic above for some great ideas to design a smaller home that makes you happy, and we’ll dive into more detail on a few of them below.

Choose Natural Light

They suggest installing skylights as a way to boost natural light. Along with reducing your utilities bill, daylit environments provide the mental and visual stimulation necessary to regulate human circadian rhythms.

Cozy Up Together

One Harvard University study found that happiness comes from strong bonds with friends and family. Encourage everyone to come together by adding a breakfast bar or island in the kitchen.

Bring on the Plants

Ivy is a versatile plant with numerous uses. It detoxifies the body, relieves congestion and has antibacterial properties, to mention a few. It’s also known as nature’s air filter, making it perfect for the bathroom, where, let’s face, air needs filtering.

Sleep Well

In the bedroom, opt for heavy curtains to keep it dark at night. According to Brian Colbert, author of The Happiness Habit, creating a peaceful place to sleep is essential if you want your boudoir to be a happy place.

Make Your Bed

While we’re on the subject of beds, get into the habit of making yours every morning. Research has shown that an organized environment makes us happier.

When it comes to creating a happy home, bigger isn’t better. Think about what pleases you, rather than what will impress the neighbors. It’s you who has to live there, not them.

Featured image via Thinkstock.


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Ann B10 months ago

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