Change can be really hard. But there are so many good things that can come out of change. Lessons you never quite thought you would learn or ways that you never thought for a second would change. That is how our story started when we downsized, moved states, and moved into a condo (from a 2,000 sq ft home with a yard). Maybe your story is like ours, or perhaps it is going to be, and yet, sometimes we don’t plan for big changes like this, they just happen. Either way, I wanted to talk to you about the unexpected ways downsizing your home can change you, because it will.
Bigger is always better
So I thought. I remember looking for our dream house, one that we would move into after a very short stent in this condo. 3,000 sq ft wasn’t quite big enough. How ever would we all fit into a 3,000 sq ft home?
Now, we are quite comfortable in our 1,000 sq ft condo besides a lack of storage in all the right places. Perspective I guess is the difference. So be warned, you may actually end up realizing that you don’t need nearly the space that you once thought you did.
I could never be a minimalist
Once you move into that small place, you may notice that you are feeling overwhelmed with how much stuff you have. It is interesting really. I clearly remember thinking to myself just a few months prior to moving this time that I could never be a minimalist and live in a tiny house. While we are no where near minimalist and definitely NOT living in a tiny house, I can actually see that it wouldn’t be THAT bad.
You may move into your smaller space and realize that you moved a lot of “stuff” that you don’t need or want. Instead of paying for storage, you may just minimize what you have. You see now that minimalism doesn’t have to look like completely empty walls, a whitewashed home, and no toys. Realizing that you just have to be really intentional about your belongings is actually empowering. I like this post from Becoming Minimalist on why we all really should simplify.
Children need toys
Maybe you also have read this article about taking away kids toys and never thought too much about it…until now. Now, you are seriously considering doing the same thing. You realize that your child’s mess is out of control and sprawling over the entire house. Yes, this way seems a bit better now, doesn’t it?
While I have never been big into toys, I realize that I indeed had an affinity towards certain toys for my own offspring. Educational “toys” and games were always something that I kept around. Little Mister isn’t too keen on educational toys or games as he is very active. So, we have started to get rid of toys, slowly, but surely.
I need all of the gadgets
Gadgets and whatnots are fun…for a time. Here is a more likely scenario. You buy said gadget (this could be for the kitchen, a tool for the shed, a tech item, or anything else really). Said gadget comes into your home. It is used a few times. Then it either becomes lost in the sea of all the other things or becomes too much of a hassle to get it out of wherever it is being stored. Yes, I have done this a few times. While some products boast that they can make your life easier, more than likely, it is not worth it.
Just a couple of examples. A salad spinner (what a waste of space!), a pedicure kit, and foot spa (who has time for this, really?). Some items may just take up a small amount of space, but if you were to ever move, you still have to move it, right? Instead, you will probably find that you can wash your salad by hand and drain it in a colander, use a nail file for a pedicure or even better, go get yourself a pedicure! Simple actually may be better sometimes.
The secret is out! Downsizing your home will change your life. I believe for the better too!
I don’t know if this is a common feeling, but we have found quite a bit of contentment here in this smaller place. It is humble and quaint and that really resonates with us deeply. I am quite convinced that you will also find contentment in your own downsized space. What is it giving you the ability to do what you could not do with a big mortgage payment? So, while space, “things”, toys, gadgets, all can be quite fun, find the fun in living closer together or in having more wiggle room in your budget. Clear the stuff and make room for each other. Most importantly, embrace this change of downsizing. You may just have a better perspective before it is all over.
Are you thinking about downsizing? What are your big concerns?