I’m a fan of small housing. Small houses make me feel like I’m camping. They remind me of being a kid and when all I needed was my bedroom (that I shared with my sister) and something to draw with or read to have a blast. Proof: restrictions help creativity flourish.
Small spaces come with lots of other benefits compared to large spaces. Small homes are easier to keep neat – so less time and money spent on cleaning. They use less resources – so lower utility bills. Overall, smaller spaces are cheaper to live in compared to living with more space than you need or truly want. I am not talking about living in spaces that are too small to meet your needs or living in a small space out of necessity — this only leads to frustration, especially if children are involved.
Sometimes we keep, buy, or believe in things to impress other people. Our choice of shelter is no exception.
In some circles, having a small house is a badge of honor and to some it may be a signal that you can’t afford a bigger space (i.e. you are poor). I suggest you forget all of that and do what’s comfortable for you and within your budget.
I’ve spent part of the last six years studying personal finance and interviewing people on the details of their financial situation. I’ve learned that you can never know someone’s financial status based only on what you see — because you can only base your ideas on what they choose to show. A quote I think of often: “Never compare someone’s outside with your inside” (not sure who to credit for that insight).
And if you’re still worried that others will think less of you if you live in a smaller space: it’s actually cool now.