Lessons Learned From a 500 Square-Foot Hotel Room
When we went on our vacation to Collingwood 2 weeks ago, we stayed in a cute little 500 square-foot hotel suite in the village at Blue Mountain.
With a living, dining, and kitchen area, it was much bigger than most other hotels we had stayed in, but compared to our home, it was tiny. At first we thought it might be too small, so we called the front desk and asked how much it would cost to upgrade to a 2 bedroom suite.
Almost $500. Uh, no thanks.
Turns out, the “small” room was actually not so bad at all. If anything, I’d say it was actually kind of perfect for us. I learned a few things during our stay in Collingwood…
A Small Living Space is Easier to Clean
Every night before we went to bed, we would do a quick clean up of our suite. Kitchen counter tops cleaned, toys picked up off the floor and clothes put away.
It’s so much nicer to wake up to a clean space than a messy one, right?
What would usually take us about 30 minutes at home, would usually take us 5-10 minutes on vacation. There was simply a smaller area to clean, which made clean up time so much easier (and faster).
A Small Living Space is Easier to Furnish
Although we didn’t furnish our suite (of course), I realized just how easy and inexpensive it would be to only have to furnish a 500 square-foot living space, as opposed to our 1,500 square-foot home.
With enough floor space for only a bed, 2 bedroom tables, a dresser, a dining room table, couch, chair, end table and coffee table – not much money would need to be spent to completely furnish that suite.
Add a bit of art to the walls and call it a day. Easy. Cheap. Perfect.
A Small Living Space Means More Quality Family Time
Living in a small space (especially a space that was only on one floor) meant that we were spending time together as a family constantly.
At home, we would often be separated by floors. Someone upstairs, someone downstairs.. and we would likely only be in the same room together in the evening.
By living in our small hotel suite, we were forced to spend more time together. Not just on the same floor, but in the same room. And it was nice.
I’m so glad we didn’t pay more money for an extra bedroom. As it turns out, the smaller space was actually just what we needed.
I’ve learned that bigger is not always better, and that 9 times out of 10, less is more.