June 27, 2022

Consider it or not, we’ve lived in our new home for over six months now. Half a yr! So we thought this might be a very good time to test in on a few of the objectives we had for shifting and downsizing to see what has met and exceeded our expectations – together with detailing a few of the largest challenges we’ve encountered alongside the best way.

That is going to be lengthy & detailed, as a result of it seems like there’s numerous floor to cowl, and whereas this rundown will likely be fairly particular to our scenario, I feel it’ll nonetheless provide you with a very good window into the realities of downsizing that you may additionally encounter in the event you have been to go for it. And sure, it consists of cash particulars. And a chart. You realize I really like charts.






To Recap, Why Did We Transfer?

We’ve bought a radical rationalization of our causes for shifting from Virginia to Florida in this publish from February. However the gist, as we mentioned again then, was that we wished to “reside with much less and be exterior extra.”

For years we’ve been working in the direction of paring down and proudly owning much less stuff (so many podcast eps about that!) and the entire obvious perks of downsizing actually appealed to us, like spending much less cash on belongings you don’t want (and fewer cash heating & cooling an area you don’t use). Devoting much less time to cleansing, organizing, & sustaining a home and people aforementioned surplus belongings can also be one thing that basically sounded good to us (as individuals who have most likely devoted 20 strong days of our lives to “cleansing up the storage” over the past 15 years).

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Messy garage with bikes and spare furniture



Not solely did we downsize from our 3,150 sq. foot house in Richmond, VA to this 1,400 sq. foot house in Florida, however we additionally offered our seashore home and duplex rental properties in Cape Charles, VA – mainly going from 4 bigger houses (as a result of the duplex was technically two adjoined houses) all the way down to 1 a lot smaller house.

As a reminder, not solely was our final home greater than twice as large as our present house, it additionally had 14 rooms (our new house has 6), and round 10 closets (our new house has 2.5 thanks to at least one that has our HVAC system taking over practically half of it). Not included in that 14-room whole, our final house additionally had a full-sized walk-up attic (that’s simply Sherry’s outdated “basket part” pictured under)…


Attic with various wicker baskets and lamps



… in addition to a big shed and a spacious two-car storage that at one level have been all full of things – a lot of which we hardly ever and typically by no means touched (besides to lastly donate them within the later phases of our downsizing journey).

Clearly, we might’ve downsized with out relocating to a complete new state. However to attain that “be exterior extra” a part of our objective, we wished our one smaller home to even be in a hotter location. Ideally, one which was near a seashore, and usually extra walkable to retailers/eating places/parks, and so forth. That’s why we landed on Florida (after many spring break journeys there, in addition to a visit to Costa Rica which led to our children closely campaigning to maneuver there as a result of they love the seashore & heat climate as a lot as we do). Once more, there’s extra element on this publish about our large determination to maneuver in order for you it.

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Costa Rica beach with kids and Sherry in water



Spoiler alert: on the subject of our objective of “dwelling with much less and being exterior extra,” we’ve checked off each of these bins, and we see every day reminders that this transfer was such an awesome alternative for our household. Which makes us extraordinarily grateful. Nothing was simple about this large life change (paring down a lot virtually seems like coaching for an Olympic occasion, it’s extraordinarily bodily work but additionally a ton of psychological work – and we did it in the midst of a world pandemic). Nevertheless it’s has been SO WORTH IT.

We’re grateful to get up right here each day (all of us, together with the youngsters are recognized to say “I nonetheless can’t consider we reside right here!”). And Burger is likely to be the happiest canine on the planet, attributable to an excessive love of laying within the solar and trying (however by no means even coming near succeeding) to catch lizards. What’s that they are saying? The joys of the hunt?


Chihuahua sleeping on outdoor cushion on porch



So it’s protected to say that all of us actually love the change and are so grateful that we went for it. However I can’t stress sufficient that there was nothing simple about making this large life change to get thus far (our present satisfaction meant SO MUCH WORK main as much as that), so we should have actually wished this large change with a purpose to do the entire issues it entailed! Together with becoming all of our worldly possessions into one 16′ pod that we despatched all the way down to our new home in Florida.


PODS moving container packed full



In different phrases, I don’t assume many individuals blink their eyes and discover themselves majorly downsized and dwelling with much less – it felt like a extremely enormous life pivot to us, that took numerous intentional (and onerous) work. So in the event you’re there in that not-fun zone proper now, I’m right here to inform you, after we got here out on the opposite facet, it felt superb and nonetheless does. The novelty hasn’t worn off in half a yr, and may not put on off ever. Value all the trouble after which some.

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In the event you’re studying this, and also you’re like “I want particular particulars about what you probably did to downsize a lot” – we have now a bunch of podcasts & posts stuffed with particular data, like:

We even have some podcast interviews from additional again with others who downsized, which majorly impressed us as nicely, like this one that includes Dana Miller, entitled: In Pursuit of Shopping for Much less & Doing Extra and this one that includes Shavonda Gardner, entitled What’s It Actually Like To Downsize?

In order that’s the reply to the “how did you truly downsize?” query – now let’s dive into how dwelling with much less and being exterior extra over these final 6 months has truly felt (and a few particular, quantifiable advantages that downsizing very clearly introduced into our lives).

Having Much less Area

Spending final summer season in our 1,800 sq. foot seashore home gave us numerous confidence about dwelling full-time in a smaller house. However I’d be mendacity if I mentioned the information of the pandemic (which got here a couple of month after we made the choice to maneuver) didn’t shake our confidence somewhat. We hadn’t deliberate on working and education from this smaller house. We hadn’t envisioned cooking at house greater than ever within the smallest kitchen we’d ever owned. And we had deliberate on including a second lavatory to this house instantly (however have since determined to place that on maintain, as a result of numerous what we assumed could be ache factors on this smaller home truly weren’t!)


Kitchen With Mauve Cabinets And Stairs With Sisal Runner





Alongside that theme of anticipating one factor, however truly experiencing one other factor completely… regardless of the curveballs, we haven’t felt the pressure of dwelling in much less sq. footage actually in any respect (aside from two challenges I’ll get into later within the publish). What we’ve discovered is that so long as we’ve bought a room or a spot for a selected perform, it hasn’t been tremendous necessary how giant that room is.

For instance, we could have a laundry closet as a substitute of a laundry room now, however on the finish of the day, we nonetheless have a spot to do laundry. Identical goes for areas to sleep, cook dinner, work, lounge, and so forth. All of our main features are checked off right here, so we don’t really feel majorly impacted by having much less house.


Front loading laundry appliances in closet with wood shelves on top



We additionally don’t really feel practically as “on high of each other” as we typically feared we would. I feel an enormous a part of that is because of the format of our home, like having the household room on a separate stage and having the youngsters’ bedrooms on the other finish of the home from ours. We had checked out some bigger homes round right here that, looking back, would’ve been rather more irritating to reside with due to their ground plan – particularly with everybody within the household at house all day/each day each working and doing education.

For example, a one-level home down the road from us had the bedrooms positioned at every nook of a central, open dwelling space. I feel it will’ve provided little sound barrier or privateness between the TV/kitchen space and every bed room – and if Sherry had a Zoom name for work & the youngsters had at-home studying happening on the identical time, the sound seemingly would have carried from actually any house into some other.


Kids Working At Art Desk With John At Office Desk



Truly we have now three suggestions we’d supply for anybody fascinated by ground planning for smaller house dwelling. Clearly these are extremely private and all of it is dependent upon how your loved ones will use an area, however we’ve discovered that these three issues made all of the distinction for us:

Format Tip #1: It’s nice in case your two largest rooms could be designated for everybody to make use of and share as a household (our upstairs household room is the biggest, adopted by our downstairs kitchen/eating/sitting space). Had we made the upstairs room into our bed room, we might’ve been claiming the biggest room in the home as our personal private spot to sleep, which simply doesn’t really feel environment friendly in any respect in a smaller house (our bedrooms are the smallest three rooms in the home, except for the lavatory, which works very well for us).


Family Room With Couch Striped Ottomans And Woven Bench



Format Tip #2: It’s additionally nice if these two giant household areas aren’t proper subsequent to one another. I do know open-concept is all the trend, however we’ve discovered it invaluable that these two shared areas are in numerous areas of the home as a result of it helps us all to not really feel on high of one another (and it retains sound from carrying an excessive amount of). The children can watch TV upstairs within the household room whereas Sherry and I work on one thing downstairs, or one youngster can take an at-home-learning take a look at on the kitchen desk whereas the opposite works on a venture upstairs on the homework/artwork desk (it’s key that they will’t hear or see one another, which could not have been the case if our solely two “shared” household areas have been primarily conjoined).


Seating area in white kitchen with chairs and opens shelving



Format Tip #3: We’ve cherished having our bed room on one facet of the home whereas our children bedrooms are on the opposite facet. We’re nonetheless all sleeping on the identical ground of the home (one thing all of us wished), however we aren’t on high of one another. Though our final home was a lot bigger, we have been lots nearer to our children bedrooms there (all of our bed room doorways led out to the identical central hallway) so it’s a pleasant change to not fear that we’ll get up the youngsters whereas scream-laughing at some random TikTok video at 11pm. It’s additionally very nice that the kitchen/eating/sitting room is really within the coronary heart of the house (it’s actually within the center), which we like lots. All of us discover ourselves drawn to that house all through the day, so it’s good to have it centrally positioned.

The opposite factor that has helped this home really feel extra spacious for us is the beneficiant quantity of out of doors “rooms” that we have now. Like our extensive entrance porch and upstairs deck, which give a ton of extra house to flee to. I typically take my laptop computer out to the desk on the upstairs deck to do some work or make some calls, and I’ve to inform you, I’ve by no means had a greater workplace view. Talking of the outside…

Spending Extra Time Outdoors

It’ll be onerous to articulate what a constructive change this has been to our every day lives, however I’m so glad we made being exterior certainly one of our objectives with this transfer. We knew we have been selecting a location with a local weather that might encourage us to spend extra time open air (even in November we’re getting largely 70ºF days) however I don’t assume we anticipated that the panorama would additionally draw us exterior as a lot because it does right here.

Not solely do we have now the seashore just some blocks away (it’s a three-minute stroll), we’ve additionally bought numerous wooded trails and paved pathways round us too – all of which give us entry to parks, playgrounds, retailers, eating places, different neighborhoods, and so forth. So we have now LOTS of fine excuses to get some contemporary air.


John and daughter walking in tree covered neighborhood



We’ve positively included so many extra out of doors actions into our habits than after we lived within the suburbs of Richmond. Sherry has been in a position to set up a every day strolling routine that features varied wooded trails and strolling alongside the seashore. I squeeze in a run, stroll, and even an occasional paddleboard most early mornings. We’ve got a weekend biking routine with the youngsters, they usually spend nearly each break between faculty classes out within the yard operating round or hanging out collectively on the tree swing. And until it’s raining, most evenings we attempt to slot in some kind of household stroll. And, after all, we have now the seashore just some blocks away.


Kids playing in Gulf of Mexico at sunset with sailboat in background



One different perk to a lot out of doors dwelling has been attending to know our neighbors and making pals with individuals who reside close to us each time we’re out and about. Household walks have led to us assembly different households with children the identical age as our personal who will all attend faculty collectively as soon as they return in particular person. We’re so grateful that even throughout a pandemic, because of having this out of doors life-style, we’ve been in a position to meet so many new individuals (who we are able to’t wait to have over for dinner when issues are safer). In a yr the place contemporary air has turn out to be much more necessary to our collective well being and sanity, it has been so useful.

Proudly owning Much less Stuff

We had already been having fun with the advantages (I virtually mentioned “thrill” there, ha!) of paring down and decluttering for a couple of years now, so we didn’t actually count on any surprises, however one factor we’ve each seen is that we don’t actually lose stuff right here. Like if we’re searching for a sure piece of clothes or device or toy, we all know precisely the place to seek out it.

There are most likely two causes for this, and one is only a perform of shifting. Since we’ve packed, unpacked, and arranged each single factor we personal, our reminiscence of the place issues are is fairly contemporary.


Ikea Besta Cabinet Door Open With Photo Album Storage



The second factor is that having much less house means fewer spots that issues might be and fewer junk to sift by while you’re attempting to find one thing. In our final home, we had cleansing stuff upstairs within the loos, but additionally downstairs beneath the kitchen sink. Right here’s it’s all beneath the kitchen sink. In our final home, video games have been unfold out between our bonus room, our lounge, and even the youngsters’ rooms. Now they’re all in our household room.


Under sink cleaning supply storage in kitchen with mauve cabinets



There was a motive for having issues unfold out in that home (typically you don’t need to go all the way down to the kitchen to get the cleansing spray you want for the upstairs lavatory) however I feel a part of it was only a basic tendency to fill the house you might have. Empty lavatory cupboard? Let’s put an additional bottle of cleaner in there! That home had so many cupboards and closets (our kitchen alone had 51 cupboards, versus the 12 that we have now right here). So after we had these storage areas in all corners of our home, we crammed them with issues. And over time it grew to become more durable to recollect what was the place.

Possibly we’ll be singing a unique tune in a couple of months as time has fogged our reminiscence of unpacking & organizing inside an inch of our lives (that’s actually an enormous a part of downsizing: discovering a wise spot for all the things). However for now, it definitely seems like having much less house to unfold issues out & stash additional stuff is conserving us much more organized. Plus, with out numerous spare house to retailer issues, it forces us to be actually considerate about what we’re shopping for and including to our belongings.

Spending Much less Cash

Let’s discuss cash! A lot of individuals downsize for monetary causes, they usually have been definitely an element for us too. We’ve at all times thought-about ourselves to be fairly frugal, however there have been moments over the past couple of years the place we didn’t really feel that manner. Notably after we have been within the midst of renovating the duplex, furnishing the seashore home, and paying for insurance coverage, utilities, and taxes for 4 completely different houses (keep in mind, the duplex = two hooked up homes). Life instantly felt very stuffed with payments!

So an enormous a part of what helped promote us each on the concept of downsizing was that we might reduce down on our payments and put a cease to paying for all of this house that wasn’t getting used on a regular basis. We talked all in regards to the large cash query everybody was asking us again in Could on the podcast (the cash facet of promoting three homes and downsizing to at least one smaller house), however simply final week I crunched another numbers for the primary time and it was form of mind-blowing. So I wished to speak about three different areas that we’re seeing an enormous distinction: utilities, landscaping, and gasoline (like for our automotive).

Utilities

Let’s begin with some utility invoice prices as a result of they’re a few of the most blatant financial savings that individuals search once they downsize. Bear in mind, these numbers characterize going from paying to warmth/cool/have lights on/have water/have web for 7,000 sq. ft (throughout 4 homes) to all of these issues in simply 1,400 sq. ft (our present home), so that they’re additional dramatic, and sure much more than you may see going from one home to at least one smaller home. This downsizing factor actually made an enormous quantifiable distinction for us:


Table showing cost savings of downsizing from 4 house to 1 house. Electric bill going from 360 to 95 dollars. Water bill going from 340 to 80 dollars. Internet bill going from 170 to 50 dollars.



Merely put, you may see that going from 7,000 to 1,400 sq. ft will seemingly save us about $7,750 a yr on simply these three utility payments alone.

Landscaping

Along with lowering our inside house, we additionally reduce down large time on the outside areas that we have now to take care of. Our lot in Richmond was somewhat beneath an acre of land, and we spent a complete bunch of time & cash mowing, seeding, fertilizing, irrigating, mulching, & leaf-blowing it every year. We did mainly all of it ourselves for a few years, however over the past couple of years began hiring out sure duties (like having somebody mow it whereas we spent the summer season in Cape Charles so it didn’t flip right into a jungle).

In flip, we additionally needed to pay somebody to mow the yards at our seashore home and duplex each time we weren’t there to maintain that ourselves. Very similar to payments, it felt just like the mowing by no means stopped. And the mulching, the seeding, and the leaf blowing. The truth is, final yr we spent about $3,750 on garden care alone throughout all 4 homes (that additionally features a few large leaf pickups together with all that mowing, and an enormous supply of mulch that we’d get yearly for our varied backyard beds together with grass seed to reseed issues ourselves within the fall, and so forth).


White brick house with large grassy yard



Right here in Florida, we’ve spent $0 on garden providers as a result of, nicely, WE HAVE NO LAWN. It’s a a lot smaller lot – about 10% of the dimensions of our Richmond home – and it’s primarily only a layer of pine needles, which is widespread in our neighborhood, together with numerous native crops (extra on that right here). So whereas we have now spent some cash on new plantings, tree trimming, and contemporary pine needles, it’s nowhere near the continued cash we had been shelling out to take care of three yards again in Virginia.


Pathway Of Square White Pavers Around Tropical Plantings



Simply to get a tough thought, while you add that $3,750 yard care financial savings to our utility financial savings of $7,750, we’re already as much as $11,500 in annual financial savings! So even in the event you take $1,500 out of that for varied start-up yard stuff right here (the tree trimming we’ve had accomplished, some crops we added, and a few pine straw we thickened in some areas), that’s nonetheless an enormous distinction in cash going out the door ($10,000 {dollars}! yearly!!). Plus a lot of these issues gained’t be annual bills (like our preliminary landscaping and tree-maintenance).

Fuel

This one is much less about having downsized and extra about the place we downsized to. As I discussed above, we sought out a spot that was extraordinarily walkable in order that we might attain retailers, eating places, parks, and the seashore with out getting in our automotive. We lucked out find a spot that met that standards and, aside from large journeys to the grocery retailer (for extra baggage than we might carry house), or longer journeys to an enormous field retailer (like Goal), we have now tons of stuff we are able to get to on foot or by bike.


John and daughter walking on wooded walkway next to bikes



Transferring additionally eradicated the necessity to drive back-and-forth between our home in Richmond and our seashore homes in Cape Charles. Spherical journey that was about 300 miles, which added as much as about 5 hours whole – and $30 in tolls every time! Throughout the heaviest components of our renovations have been doing that journey 2 to 4 occasions per thirty days. So between that and our common driving round city, we spent over $3,250 in gasoline & tolls in 2019.


Toyota Highlander car parked in front of white brick house



For comparability, within the final six months we’ve solely spent $310 on gasoline. In half a yr! That calculates out to round $620 for the yr, which results in an approximate financial savings of round $2,600 yearly. We understand a few of this diminished driving can also be attributable to the coronavirus, so it’s not an ideal comparability to 2019. I do know numerous us have reduce on our regular driving habits due to issues like distant working, fewer in-person errands, canceling journey, and so forth – however regardless of the trigger, it feels good to go for days with out stepping into our automotive. Plus it brings our approximate annual financial savings to $12,600 throughout these three classes! That’s $126,000 each ten years!

A Fast Cash Disclaimer

I’ll wrap up this cash part with a fast disclaimer that this transfer isn’t saving us cash in each facet of life, since there could be some hidden prices which will truly go up while you transfer. One factor that has ended up being dearer right here is meals (oh how we miss Aldi!) and likewise our property tax price. Now, we’re nonetheless saving cash in general property tax funds as a result of we made such a dramatic discount in property, however the financial savings aren’t as a lot as if we’d stayed in Virginia. So don’t at all times assume that simply since you’re downsizing that your entire prices – like meals, property taxes, HOA charges, transportation prices, and so forth – will go down, particularly in the event you’re shifting to a totally new space.

So, What Are The Challenges Of Downsizing?

Earlier I mentioned there have been two issues about downsizing that I’d characterize as challenges, not as a result of they’re insurmountable (they’re not) however just because they require some energetic work and a focus on an ongoing foundation. However like… so do numerous different worthwhile issues (children, relationships, crops, possibly crystals? Don’t it’s important to discuss properly to these?). So neither of this stuff are deal-breakers within the least – they usually’re each issues that you simply utterly regulate to over time, however I’m at all times a fan of being thorough (therefore how lengthy this publish has turn out to be). So right here we go:

#1. Bulk Storage Area Is Nonexistent

When you might have simply the house that you simply use and want – it’s nice! You don’t spend time heating and cooling a room you don’t use, or cash filling it with furnishings that you simply by no means sit on (like our hardly ever used eating room in our final home that largely simply grew to become a holding space for stuff we needed to deliver to the duplex or seashore home – or issues that we wished to donate). That being mentioned, in our a lot smaller house with out additional rooms… there may be zero house to dump issues that you simply need to take care of later.

I’m not gonna lie. Generally you simply need a visitor room or a storage to place stuff that you simply need to repair up or donate or kind later, and that isn’t potential right here. In our final home I additionally talked about that we had a big two-car storage, an enormous walk-up attic (seen under – it was GIANT!), in addition to a big, indifferent shed. All of which have been stuffed with issues at one level. FULL OF THEM.


Large unfinished attic empty of items



By comparability, our present home has no storage (we bought used to not having one on the seashore home, which gave us the boldness to forgo one right here), no actual usable attic house (we have now an entry door within the ceiling of our laundry closet, but it surely’s largely simply insulation and a few plumbing & heating methods up there), and one small hooked up shed (seen under).


Small white shed attached to side of white house



Are we making it work? Emphatic and resolute sure. Was it one thing to get used to after having all of these aforementioned drop zones for a few years? Yup. For positive.

Our downsized variety of instruments are saved out within the shed for instance – no downside! However I don’t assume both of us realized how a lot we used these bulk storage areas for issues like “additional furnishings we need to redo” or “leftover venture provides.” Or you already know, simply house the place one thing might be shoved out of sight when visitors have been coming over (our storage was typically an enormous holding space for stuff like that).

Together with utilizing that small shed that you simply see above for instruments, we are able to additionally retailer some leftover venture supplies within the shed, however we’re pressured to in a short time donate or use or return no matter doesn’t match – which, once more, is definitely a very good factor, but it surely’s not at all times the simple/lazy factor. And typically after an extended sweaty venture, it’s good to get to toss issues into the nook of the storage and loosen up on the sofa… which simply can not occur right here.

The brilliant facet of this example is that it has stored us actually “trustworthy” about what we purchase or deliver into the home as a result of it, nicely, actually needs to be introduced into the home. Prior to now, we would’ve scooped up some extraneous furnishings or a random decor merchandise that we need to “save” at a yard sale or from a sale rack with a plan to “repair it up finally” or “discover a place for it someplace.” And that’s how our storage and our attic grew to become a Monica’s Closet of kinds that we have been typically too embarrassed to point out anybody. This image is tame BTW, as a result of we by no means had the urge to snap any pictures when it was insanely far gone (I’m wondering why?).


Messy garage with bike furniture and random outdoor supplies



In some ways, we’re actually appreciating the required thoughtfulness that this limitation has imposed on us. We’re glad that we don’t must dedicate weekends to periodic “storage cleanouts” or fear about discovering time to prepare that yard sale we desperately must host (typically that dragged on for years and we finally donated all the things anyway).

It does imply we’re going to must be artistic when it comes time to, say, tackle an enormous renovation like our kitchen (the place are the entire new cupboards or home equipment gonna go once they’re delivered?). However we determine that individuals renovate in all kinds of locations, together with small metropolis residences, so we’ll be capable to determine one thing out when the time comes. We already painted our kitchen cupboards, which offset all of these cooking gadgets into different areas (primarily our bed room) and it actually wasn’t that unhealthy. I prefer to assume that we have now manner much less on this home, so offsetting any of it gained’t be as unhealthy, as a result of we’ve pared again a lot already.

#2 – It’s Fixed Maintenance

That is extraordinarily associated to the final problem we listed, but it surely bears mentioning that you simply don’t simply downsize as soon as and also you’re accomplished. It’s a continuing factor that you simply keep, typically with just some minutes a day, however it’s one thing to pay attention to. It’s a alternative you make, after which proceed to maintain making since you don’t need your own home to turn out to be overrun with issues that get in the lifestyle life.

It’s a phenomenon that we lovingly name “quick processing” – one thing comes into the home, and it wants a spot to go. Instantly. As a result of as we beforehand talked about, there’s no “put all of the random issues to be handled later right here” zone. The excellent news is that it doesn’t take tons of time each from time to time (just like the outdated storage clean-up challenge) as a result of issues by no means get that unhealthy, however there may be actually a essential repairs each day to remain on high of muddle and further stuff. Even a pile of mail that is available in – you’re like… let’s take care of this proper now!


Tall View Of Upstairs Family Room With Large Capiz Globe Light



It’s truly a extremely good money-saving answer – as a result of it heads off these “don’t-really-need-it” purchases, however even on a a lot smaller scale, it has modified the best way we predict and do issues. We store for house gadgets (each as large as a chunk of furnishings or as small as a vase) a lot much less – just about until we have now a necessity for one thing, we don’t simply seize something as a result of it’s cute – even when it’s just a bit vase or an ornamental field. Sherry used to slip by the checkout line at Goal with issues like that on a regular basis within the days of getting ten million built-ins.

Even the act of filling this half of our storage cupboard with varied unused house accents like vases and bowls and candles prompted Sherry to say “don’t want any extra of those like ever.”


Besta Cabinet In Bedroom With Door Open Showing Decor Storage



So simply seeing your limitations and figuring out the quantity of house you might have for one thing could be superbly releasing (and may prevent cash!) so long as you embrace it as a substitute of making an attempt to maintain amassing issues and shoving extra issues right into a finite house (which is actually what bought us into the entire we-need-to-downsize mess within the first place).

One other instance is that we’ve truly modified our strategies for sure issues. Whereas our final home’s eating room or storage would replenish with donations over time after which we’d lastly get them accomplished as soon as the room was packed to the brim, now we put donations behind our automotive in a bag, and anytime we’re out operating errands we drop them off as a substitute of ever having them build-up at house. This isn’t actually a foul factor in any respect – in lots of circumstances it feels higher, but it surely does contain kind of an “energetic function” in staying up to the mark, versus placing issues off for some future date while you truly really feel like coping with them. So it’s simply one thing to pay attention to I feel.

In the end, these two challenges are simply part of adjusting to a totally new mind-set & dwelling – and in some ways they’re good issues – they only take a certain quantity of follow, self-discipline, and maintenance, so I wished to verify I discussed them.


Kitchen With Mauve Cabinets And Stairs With Sisal Runner





We’re additionally nonetheless planning so as to add a small indifferent visitor studio in our yard that may double as a workspace if we ever want a quieter spot than the remainder of the home can supply us – plus we’re hoping so as to add a pleasant large closet in there for extra storage (Sherry has been speaking about hanging large white skeletons from our second-floor deck, and that closet may make all of her Halloween-decorating goals come true).


Deck Seating Area With Outdoor Couch Table And Two Woven Lounge Chairs



In abstract, downsizing has been an overwhelmingly constructive change for our household. We all know it’s not for everybody, but it surely feels actually good to make use of and admire the house that we have now. In our final home we’d go days with out coming into our eating room, bonus room, visitor bed room, or again porch (besides possibly to scrub them, ha!). However right here there may be actually no house that goes to waste.

A yr in the past I’d’ve advised you that 1,400 sq. ft (and one lavatory) was simply too small for us (we have been focusing on extra like 1,800 or 1,900 and solely entertained this home as a result of the format felt so spacious) however now we really feel prefer it’s nearly good. Even in one of many weirdest years any of us have ever skilled (2020).