I must apologize for my spotty appearance lately, I’ve been so caught up in downsizing and preparing for our move that I’ve left myself little to no time for blogging. Tomorrow is the big day and as I’m sitting here at the finish line I am more than a little exhausted but excited to get to our new house and lifestyle.
I thought I’d share the photos from our real estate listing and in the coming weeks I’ll be sharing things I learned transitioning from 3600 to 1600 square feet. It’s been a lot of work and I still fear that I haven’t gotten rid of enough stuff but it’s been a truly enlightening experience. The amount of things that you can collect when you have plenty of room is astonishing and I am a little ashamed and embarrassed at all the items I donated that we never used even once. I’m hoping moving forward that we will be a little more mindful when making purchases and only buy what is essential and brings true pleasure.
When we consider how many rooms we had in this house that we never stepped foot in and how difficult it was to keep track of things, I regret that we didn’t start this process a long time ago. The amount of money we are going to save in property taxes, utility bills, insurance and maintenance is astounding. I also found that I needed to hire someone to help out with keeping the house clean and the garden under control. The time that I’m going to gain by living in a smaller, easier to maintain house is what I’m really looking forward to. Having more time to spend with my family and doing things I love is worth the pain of having to go through this process of purging and downsizing.
I do have to admit that I will miss the house. We live in a very walkable location that’s conveniently located to lots of services and it will be an adjustment living in a quieter neighborhood. The memories that we’ve built here are hard to part with, this is the only house that my son has known and I feel sorry that he has to start over in a new part of town but I think that it’s a great opportunity for us to get closer and spend more time together as a family.
Most of all I will miss my garden. I spent years picking out every plant and finding the perfect spot for them. I developed my love of gardening and planted my first vegetable garden here. I do have the opportunity to start over with a brand new garden at the new house and that prospect is really exciting. Best of all I don’t have to deal with 26 steps up to the garden so everything will be that much easier to deal with. We learn by our experiences and mistakes so I think the new garden has the potential to be even more beautiful and functional.
I still have some last minute packing to do but I will do my best to document the move process and as soon as we are settled share how the experience went. While this has been much more difficult than I imagined I can’t tell you how gratifying it feels to move towards a more minimal and thoughtful lifestyle.