Have you been thinking about downsizing?


With the cost of living feeling more and more expensive and the commute feeling longer and longer. A smaller, more conveniently located condo is starting to sound dreamy. 

We could argue ’til the cows come home about how downsizing is better for your wallet and social life. How you’ll spend less time commuting, cleaning and maintaining and more time doing what you want to do. Hey, you can finally take up that hobby you said you were going to for the past five years. But we won’t sit here and bore you.

Downsizing is a significant lifestyle change, and ultimately, the decision is yours and yours alone. However, it’s always sensible to do some research, so we’ve made that part a bit easier for you. 


Netflix Shows

It’s estimated that 6.78 million Canadians have subscriptions to Netflix! But what do you watch when you’ve finished Stranger things 3 times, and you just can’t watch Friends anymore? Why not check out some shows that are all about pursuing that smaller living lifestyle? No harm, no foul, right? Be warned, you might be on Kijiji looking for trailers after watching Tiny House Nation…


1) Tiny House Nation The show follows experts John Weisbarth and Zack Griffin across America as they design and build tiny homes (under 500 square feet). We’re not saying you have to live in a 500 square foot condo, but they do create some incredible spaces!


2) Stay Here If you can get over the bizarre British/American accent of Peter Lorimer (and that’s coming from a Brit, don’t @ me). Then this show is great for design inspiration, it can also give you some useful tips if you ever decide to Air BnB your condo. 


3) Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things As the title suggests, this is a documentary about living with less. Just because you downsize, it doesn’t mean you have to become a minimalist. But this is a brilliant documentary that focuses on the journey of people who reject the idea that things bring them happiness, and it is definitely worth a watch. 



For those of you who prefer reading over watching, these five articles are brilliant. They’re full of tips and techniques about smaller living, and they cover everything from organizing to finances. Who better to get inspo from than people who are living the reality?


1) Five Things I Don’t Miss After Downsizing (and One Thing I Do)

2) Real Estate 2020: The Upside of Downsizing

3) 10 Super-Smart Downsizing Tips From Our Readers

4) Home Downsizing Pros and Cons

5) What I Learned About Downsizing and Condo Living


Instagram Accounts

Ah yes, the influencers. What would Instagram be without them? Don’t worry; the accounts below don’t post about weight loss tea, and they won’t encourage you to join what feels suspiciously like a pyramid scheme…What you will find is real insights, the good, the bad, the ugly and the aesthetically pleasing and some great tips about smaller living!


1) @whitneyleighmorris

2) @tinyhousemovement

3) @sparkjoywithhelen

4) @readtealeaves

5) @rae.lambert