-Family of five down-sizes to a one bedroom apartment to help save money for their autistic child’s therapy
-Despite the small space, the down-size has brought, not only financial, but emotional relief to the family
-Allowing them to save around R23 000 a month, cut out stresses of lengthy commutes and spend more time outside
With the luxury of three bedroom homes, some families of five cannot cope with the ‘limited space’. This family had to downsize dramatically to a one bedroom apartment in order to cut finances to help pay for their autistic child’s needs.
Briefly.co.za learned that parent, Heather and Dominique, moved their family into the small one bedroom apartment in Canadian to save money to put toward their eldest child’s autism therapy needs. Surprisingly, the couple have felt less financial and emotional stress from the move.
Heather explained that the move has allowed her husband to cycle to work daily, saving a heap on transportation costs and also the stress of the lengthy commute that he previously had to endure. The move has been one of a positive nature, despite the limitation in space.
The choice to downsize was set to be a temporary arrangement that would save them around R23 000 a month. As the family have adapted well, they have made the decision to accept their circumstances in the most positive light and make the temporary solution, a way of life.
The couple is thankful for the perks that the apartment offers; free Wi-Fi and cable, a heated swimming pool and it is close to amenities, parks and outdoor trails, which their autistic son loves.
They have embraced the simplicity of their small space and the freedom that it has brought them. We can all learn something from this family in times when we feel that we need more than we actually do.
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