Do any of these sound like what you are living with?
You are living in the house in which you raised your children. You love the house— it’s full of memories and momentos. Most of the time you use the kitchen, your bedroom and one other room. The rest of the house is rarely used.
You spend a significant amount of time alone. Yes, you have friends and activities, but you get tired of constantly organizing your social life and sometimes you just give up.
Your only housing costs are the maintenance and property taxes – you paid off the mortgage awhile ago. You think about selling and getting something smaller but the whole project is daunting.
The thrill of independence, of living your own life, is not what it used to be. You’ve proven you can manage on your own. The reality is you are often lonely. You’ve gotten used to it – it just seems to be what life is about.
You are really concerned about the use of the earth’s resources. All the stuff that is part of our homes: toasters, equipment for connecting to the internet, irons, vacuum cleaners, food processors, blenders, lawn mowers and snow shovels is just too much. Better to share with others.
It’s a lot of work to take care of your home. Everything from the regular cleaning to the outdoor maintenance. Sometimes it just doesn’t get done – it’s too much for one person.
Sharing housing works for
- Single people
- Boomers who remember with some fondness the fun of living in group homes
- Divorced and widowed women and men who are empty nesters
- Single parents with full- or part-time custody
- People who work in a different city from where their home is
It will work for you if
- You like being independent.
- You are friendly.
- You are willing to speak up when you have something to say
- You value both privacy and community.
- You feel the world would be a better place if we all could just get along.
- You look for the good in others.
- You see the bumper sticker “Practice random acts of kindness” and smile.
If you’ve recognized yourself and your situation and you are wondering if you can really make such a transition, find out more about how sharing housing can work for you. Click here.
Maybe you’re ready to hone your home-mate search skills. A first step is reading the book, Sharing Housing, A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates. Click here.