At the end of 2015, I downsized again. This time I moved into ONE bedroom… not a one bedroom… JUST ONE BEDROOM. Ok, it was a pretty large bedroom… plus I had a bathroom, some space in the kitchen… and a 5’x5′ storage unit.
This lasted about 3 months until I moved into a one bedroom condo with my guy. No garage this time, although there’s a decent amount of storage and a good sized patio.
This downsize consisted mostly of selling items on craigslist, giving stuff away to friends or family and making donations. I skipped the garage sale route.
There were some items I had a hard time getting rid of… even for free. For example, I had a very heavy china hutch that no one wanted to bother moving down the stairs, no matter how low I brought the price down… that got donated and one organization picked it up, no problem. Yay!!!
Fast forward about two years, to now… I realize, each time I’ve downsized only to the space I knew I would have available. I really eliminated as little as possible to fit into the new space.
Sooooo…. I still have crap I don’t really need. I keep carting it around. And now I ask myself, WHY??? If I had it to do over again, I would have ditched a lot more stuff earlier. I guess I just wasn’t ready to let it go.
Well, that changes now.
I told myself, at one time, I needed to pare down as if I’ll be living in an RV… because eventually I’d love to do that. EVENTUALLY…. Ha! Turns out that might be happening sooner than I expected.
We’re seriously considering it, at least for a few months.
So now I’m taking a good hard look at what we really NEED.
After having most of my precious “stuff” stored in boxes and closets, I realize I haven’t used much of it in these past 2 years. I’ve filled bags and bags of clothes that I never wear. And still, I find more clothes stashed that I never wear. Even the ones that do fit now (I lost quite a bit of weight in the past few months), they no longer suit me. Either they’re out of style or simply don’t spark joy when I put them on.
I imagine living with only what I really need, use and love. The idea of that feels even more freeing now. So, on to phase 3… the super downsize. This will be more of what I seriously consider extreme minimalism… I think 😉
We’ll see how I do!