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Considering moving to a smaller home? Perhaps you’re retiring, or your children have moved out and it’s time for a smaller space. While you might be worried about leaving behind the home you’ve grown attached to, there are many benefits to downsizing. Here are a few.

An increase in finances. This is usually the big reason why many people choose to downsize. You might have enough equity in your current home to allow you to outright purchase a smaller home with money left over. And, if you do require a mortgage, it will allow for a much larger down payment and smaller monthly payments, all of which equal more financial freedom.

More free time. A smaller home means less cleaning, less repairs and less upkeep. This all equals more free time to do things you actually enjoy. While you might have required a cleaning service to keep up with your large home, a smaller home will be easier to take care of on your own, which also translates to more savings.

Better for the environment. Not only does it benefit you financially, reducing your carbon footprint is great for the environment. Less energy is needed to heat and cool a small home, and a smaller home is also easier to make energy efficient than a larger one.

It will help you cut the clutter. Living in a large home makes it easy to buy and store too many possessions you tuck away and never use. When moving, not only will you be compelled to naturally get rid of items you no longer use, you’ll also have to unload larger items, as you’ll be working with a smaller space. It’ll also help you stay decluttered, as your new home won’t provide you the extra space to store too many things.

Allows you the chance to invest. When all your money is tied up in your home, you can’t diversify your assets as most financial planners would recommend. Freeing up a chunk of money from your home allows you access to that money so that you can start investing it in a variety of fluid assets that you can access easier than cash invested in real estate.