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Ann-Notated: What Others Say About Downsizing

Yesterday I wrote about why The Man and I are selling our home — because we are downsizing.  I talked about the pros and cons in our own situation.  I thought it would be neat to see what others have to say — and hence we have today’s Ann-Notated.

Many people think of downsizing as just getting rid of stuff.  We’ve already dealt with how others declutter here on the blog, so today I’ve only selected articles that talk about the idea of living in a smaller home.  In today’s economy it is something many people are thinking/talking about — so grab your favorite warm beverage and enjoy reading what they have to say!

Anyone thinking about downsizing needs to browse these thought-provoking articles full of tips and advice from people who have been there.

12 Reasons to Downsize Your Family Home — Holly at Kids Activities Blog lists several reasons to downsize.  Some of them are the same as on my post, but there are some new ones here.

Living Small Often Means Loving Large — I’ve been reading To Love Honor and Vacuum for a long time.  In this somewhat older post, Sheila relates our desire for big houses to our stressed and harried lifestyles.

Small House Living — at Money Saving Mom, Crystal says learn to live in the house you have before looking for something larger.

10 Things I learned While Downsizing My Life — Lori at Moms By Heart is living full-time with her husband and kids in an RV!  In this article, she addresses many of the concerns I shared in my own post.  Encouraging!

Essential Supplies for a Small Kitchen — I love this!  Nellie at NellieBellie moved from a home in the country to an apartment in the city and is sharing how she had to adapt her kitchen supplies to match.

Inspiration: Living in a Bus — This is just a fun, mostly visual post of different busses that have been converted for living space.  At Design Claud.

12 Reasons to Live in a Small House (Other Than Money) — Well, there ya go.  Money isn’t the only reason!  Or if it is, we can make the best of it by telling ourselves it’s really all these other things. πŸ™‚

How Downsizing Our House Improved Our Quality of Life — Frugal Mama’s friend tells of her experience downsizing.  This is very readable and engaging.

3 Benefits of Downsizing Your Life and Living Lean — This is a hard-hitting post about financial responsibility.  Ouch.  But good stuff, y’all.  It’s not exactly about having a smaller home, but I thought the content was worth making an exception.

Life in My 234-Square-Foot Tiny Home — An in-depth interview at Embracing Simple with a tiny house dweller.  Now THAT’s downsizing!!  I just love reading about stuff like this.  There are of course tons of articles on tiny houses, and also lots of floor plans and pictures, but I didn’t want to focus on those today.  This article is just a good read about living smaller.

Moving to a Smaller House — At Dollar Stretcher, one person asks a question about downsizing, and several people answer.  Some good tips on here!

How to Downsize Your Home Without Losing Your Mind — LifeHacker, as we know, always has great stuff.  This article is no different.  Lotsa good, common-sense (but somehow I never think of them) pieces of advice.


Track of the Week:  With a little bit of tongue-in-cheek, I’m picking Carrie Underwood’s So Small.  LOL!  Seriously, though, it’s a great song about keeping things in perspective over the long haul.

Have a GREAT weekend!!

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Ann Karako

Ann has been homeschooling for 20+ years and has graduated four children (one more to go). She believes that EVERY mom can CONFIDENTLY, COMPETENTLY -- and even CONTENTEDLY -- provide the COMPLETE high school education that her teen needs. Ann's website,, offers information, resources, and virtual hugs to help homeschool moms do just that. 

Ann has written Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: A Step-by-Step Manual for Research & Planning and Save Your Sanity While Homeschooling High School: Practical Principles for a Firm Foundation. She also founded the popular Facebook group called It's Not that Hard to Homeschool High School, which now has over 27K members; and recently she started the It's Not That Hard to Homeschool High School Podcast.

She and her family, including two dogs and three cats, live in rural Missouri.


    • I’m glad you commented, Lora, because it made me see the huge typo I wrote in the title of the post about you. How awful is that??? SOOOO sorry!! (I have now corrected it… gulp.) But I loved reading about you, so it was a no-brainer to include the post in this roundup! Thanks so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • 2 senior adults and 2 senior rescue terrier dogs living in about 1600 square feet. This is plenty of room, plus it is paid for and has been updated for safety. Does need some decluttering, which we do bit by bit.

    • Yay! Good for you!! We were two adults, five kids, and three large dogs in 1200 square feet for awhile, and we survived. Now I’d like to get back to more like what you have. Being able to say the words “it is paid for” must feel really good!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing, Liz!

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