Hi everyone! I’m super excited to welcome Rachel Boreing to Smallish to share a glimpse of her family’s story. Rachel blogs about intentionally living small with her family over at Intentionally Simple. Be sure to pop over to her site and say hello after enjoying the post below. 🙂
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When we bought our modest 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath brick ranch, we were a family of 3.
We paid thousands less than the initial house budget we had set and tens of thousands less than the mortgage amount we qualified for. 1,300 square feet was more than enough space for our family and we loved the large fenced in back yard.
Around the same time we purchased this home, we also started living minimally. We purged our already simplified home of excess, changed our shopping habits and minimized our wardrobes. We started realizing the benefits of living in a smaller space and living with less.
Keeping our small home tidy was easy, the heating and cooling bills were low and our mortgage left us with room to breathe each month.
In the four years we’ve lived here, we’ve added 2 more children. Now we’re a family of 5 living in this small home.
When we were expecting our third baby, we frequently were asked if we were going to move into a larger home. With each baby added, we’ve realized how little babies really need. We’ve also learned that kids really don’t need to own a lot of toys – in fact, the fewer toys that are accessible, the better they seem to play. And, having a large back yard means our children rarely are inside playing with their toys during the warmer months.
Intentionally living small means our finances are not super tight.
Having a low monthly mortgage allows us to pay extra towards our principal each month with the hopes of knocking years off of our mortgage payment. We choose to ‘live simply so we can give generously’ and living simply in a smaller home really does allow us to give generously. We also are able to spend more on healthy food, eating out and experiences.
We choose to ‘live simply so we can give generously’ and living simply in a smaller home really does allow us to give generously.
We have to continually be intentional about our possessions as a family of 5 living in a small home. We evaluate purchases not only based on whether we can afford the item but also based on if we have space for it and if it is a necessity. We choose to live minimally, but our home also forces us to live minimally since we don’t want to be overrun with stuff.
We’re content choosing to live small. But, we really think we’re living large.
Rachel is a wife and mama of three. She is passionate about minimal, intentional and unhurried living. You can find her writing about her simple life at Intentionally Simple.
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Does your story parallel Rachel’s at all? Comment below and tell us how! 🙂 Then pop over to Intentionally Simple and have some fun browsing.