How can it be that small is better? We have been taught since birth through advertising, movies, and other media that big is better. But in the end is bigger always better?
Through advertising, we are seduced into seeing big as better, needed, or more satisfying. Consider the tempting images you see in ads.
- Extra Large Fries – Satisfies your urges. Result: Obesity.
- Super Size Soda – Long-lasting pleasure. Result: Rotting teeth, diabetes, & overweight.
- Large SUV – Transport family & friends. Result: Huge car payment & gas bill. Use for stated purpose: Twice a year.
- Large House – Entertaining family & friends. Result: Huge mortgage & utility bill. Use for stated purpose: Once a year.
The only time that small is seen as an advantage is when it’s something we don’t want. Small is good when it’s a bill, problem, headache, zit, or cavity. If you switch these items to being large, big is no longer attractive. No one wants a big bill, problem, headache, zit, or cavity.
The truth is there are countless advantages to choosing small if you think about it. Whether it’s a food, car, or house, by choosing the small version usually it is…
- Fewer calories.
- Lower in fat.
- Easier to store.
- Easier to handle.
- Less expensive to buy.
- Less expensive to maintain.
- Less expensive to repair or replace.
- Less time-consuming to clean.
- Less expensive to insure.
I would imagine that those who prefer small houses already see these advantages. For those who are on the fence, perhaps this information will give you a new perspective.
Since the purchase of a house is the biggest investment for most people and the biggest obligation, this choice becomes crucial. Do you want to provide a place for a few parties and sacrifice vacations, savings, and freedom to do it? Or do you want to provide a place for yourself to live abundantly with fewer obligations and more vacations, money, and freedom?
Small is not just better, choosing small is smart.