Journey to Minimalism… Phase II

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!