I don’t live at home. Do you?
Many people who are familiar with my living arrangements and work life have suggested I write off my full mortgage as a business expense. This is because that’s exactly what my home is to me: a place to work.
If I am at home and awake, there is a 90 percent chance I’m working. This may not always be a money-making venture. I may be researching medieval history for my new novel, writing that novel, or blogging here. I just happen to be one of the few people in the world who has a career where fun and work share a blurred line.
However, this is precisely why I do not live at home. I live beyond my four walls, in nature, on trips, in the company of family and friends. So, whether you work from home or have a nine-to-five at a brick-and-mortar, here are three reasons you shouldn’t live at home either.
1. You Can Go Minimalist
Since giving up conventional home life in 2015, I have written several articles about the benefits of minimalism. If you’re new to my blog or had missed these posts, here are the main ones you may want to take a look at.
- 5 Benefits From a Year of Minimalism
- How to Embrace Minimalism Without Going Rogue in the Woods
- The Financial Benefits of Minimalism
After years of trying to get the square-footage of my home, I finally got the figure down. I live in a 628 square-foot home that is one part of a multi-family dwelling. The less space you have and the less recreational time you spend at home, the less inclined you may be to stuff your home with, well—stuff!
2. Save More Money
One of the benefits of living away from home is saving money. This might not make logical sense to you at first, so let me explain. Because my personal comfort is not restricted to my home, I require less of it.
As I mentioned before, this allows me to live comfortably in a home that is technically below the legal square-foot requirements of a separate living unit in Georgia. If you’re wondering how I’ve managed to get pass this, my home is technically considered a single-family unit. I just don’t live in the remaining 2000-plus square feet. I co-own my home with the people who do i.e. my family.
However, by living in a smaller home, I am able to save money every year. I pay far less for my shared mortgage than I would, owning the American average of a 2000-plus square foot home. Last year, those savings facilitated payment for my green card renewal, the purchase of my first car, quitting my job, and travelling to half a dozen countries.
3. See More of the World
That brings me to the next point. Because my living takes place away from home, I am always on the hunt for a new adventure. Last year, my travelling took me from Alaskan glaciers to Mayan ruins. However, I look for micro-adventures right here in Atlanta, as well.
This allows me to enrich my social life away from my immediate family, which can be difficult when you work from home. Last year, my social life expanded to include the following.
- Writing with a group in Midtown, where I finished the first draft of The Moreau Witches
- Painting at a non-profit in East Atlanta Village
- Mountain biking on my own at various spots in the suburbs of Metro Atlanta
This must have added tonnes of miles to my “new” car, right? Nope. I have driven less than 3000 miles in the past six months. That’s one of the major perks of living in a city where a hiking trail is never more than fifteen minutes away, and, of working from home.
Contrary to the image you may now have of me in your mind, I spend most of my time comfortably at home with my cat curled up on my lap. I have everything to my comfort in my apartment.
My “live-in office” is more like a Google work space with bean bags and hammocks, than, let’s say, a bank. In fact, I’m currently writing this post from the day bed, covered in a comfy crimson blanket you have probably seen a thousand times, if you follow me on social media.
That said, I am not in any way advocating for you to ditch your family and life at home. I am, however, encouraging you to get up off the couch, get out of the house, meet new people, see new places, and try new things. There’s a whole world out there. Don’t let it pass you by.
2019 has only just begun. Where will you live, this year? Share your plans with me in the comments, below.
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