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Cozy and Comfortable

by Nikki Willhite

When I was taking my classes in college in Interior Design, the one thing all my instructors kept repeating was "There is no substitute for space."

I wonder if they would have said that if they could see ahead to our day, and how expensive it is to maintain a large home and how it affects family life.

Houses that are small, but with adequate storage space, are often superior to large homes. Some houses are so large these days they feel more like commercial buildings than homes.

Through the years I've seen people go from small to large homes, and visa-versa. Here are a couple of examples of what I have seen.

Julia is a woman who is now in her 90's. She has two homes. One of them is very large. It is a two story home, and it is packed with the possessions she has accumulated over the years. When the weather turns cold, Julia moves to her second home. It is a much smaller home. In fact, it is a small little trailer, in a warm southern state.

Which home does Julia like the best? She prefers the trailer. Although Julia is in her 90's, she is very active and she is healthy. However, she prefers the low maintenance of her trailer and the fact that everything she needs is so easily accessible.

My other example is of a family that has several children, including teenagers. The father became very successful financially. When money became plentiful, they moved to a large, upscale and very spacious home. They thought the move would bring them happiness.

It didn't. While they enjoyed the home at first, in time it just became too much work and it became more of a burden then a luxury. They knew something else was wrong, but they couldn't quite put their finger on it.

Eventually they decided to move. They purchased a "normal" sized home in a family neighborhood. They found they were quite comfortable, and they soon realized what they had been missing. When they had the large home, there was so much room in it they lost each other. Parents and children spread out in the different areas of the home, and they started to grow apart.

In the smaller home they reconnected. They returned to sitting together in the same room to watch television, play games, and just talk and catch up on what everyone was doing. They became closer as a family, and they were happier.

Cozy does not have to be a negative real estate term. As long as you have sufficient storage for your needs, and your home is not cluttered, cozy can be warm, friendly and inviting. It is also a lot easier on the budget, and can make simple living a luxury.

Don't let society push you in a direction that may not make you happy. When buying your home, happiness may be a simple living cozy home.

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money!




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