Americans are starting to embrace the idea that less is more when it comes to the size of their homes. Reasons behind this trend can be seen from baby boomers entering retirement and young adults delaying marriage to the economy improving in fits and starts. The average size of a new home decreased last year for the first time in nearly three decades. Although the average square footage of a new house is still double what it was in 1960, in the last year, it decreased slightly to 2,215 square feet from a high of 2,277 in 2008, according to date from the US Census Bureau. This is the first drop in house size since the recession of the early 1980s.

Besides the benefits of less home to care for, smaller houses ultimately mean more affordable utilities. However the most overlooked point is that when everyone cannot have their own space, people frequently spend more time together.