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Values + Plans = Downsizing!

The more you have, the more you are occupied.  The less you have, the more free you are.”  Mother Teresa

I have decided to downsize – again.  When I opted to move close to Lauren and her family I determined that was the right time to create a smaller life for myself.  I wanted a life filled with experiences and opportunities, not square footage that needed cleaning, maintenance, etc.  I sold my home of a modest size, about 1600 square feet and  moved into a 2 bedroom/2 bath apartment that has a little over 1000 square feet.  My possessions fit nicely, I’m not crowded and I really appreciate not having to worry about repairs, yard, etc. at this particular moment in my life.  With the two bedrooms on opposite sides of the living/dining area I’ve learned over the last 1-1/2 years that I rarely use the 2nd bedroom or bath.  I do have the occasional guests so it is handy but most of the time it just sits there.  So it seems to me that it makes sense to downsize to a smaller apartment.  I will have to shed a few more things, but as Lauren reminded me, they are just things.  Not only will the monetary savings be significant but it will also prepare me for my “one day” move to Hico, Texas.  My “one day plan” is to live really small at that time so why not prepare for that now?  While my choice would certainly not fit every lifestyle, I do believe we are all in a position to think about what we really value in life and make decisions that fit those values.   I’ve read many articles that our millennials are not rushing into home ownership; they are taking their time while looking for greener, smarter ways to live.  Or there are the retired couples that sell their home and spend those golden years traveling.  And others are gravitating towards the “tiny house” movement – making the choice to live small.  All of these choices match values.  And the same can be said for cars, technology gadgets, clothes, entertainment, etc.  They should all match our values!  So as you and your family reflect on today and contemplate your tomorrows, take a moment to voice out loud what you really treasure in life, find the common ground in your family and then purchase and live those choices!  I daresay, the peace of mind that we achieve when matching our lives to our values is the best “purchase” of all!

xo, Carolyn

2 Replies

  1. This is so well written, thank you! We live in a small home, and I just love it. The other day I had to vote in a municipal election & voting in our area was held at an old folks home. As I walked down the hall, I caught a glimpse of some rooms, and it was a bit of a reality check for me. I thought, are we all, in the end, to be reduced to just one room? So it really doesn’t add up to spend years buying more & more…because the older we get, the more we need to release these things, we can’t take them with us.

    1. Holly, that is a powerful observation you made. Thank your sharing with us and reminding us there are many reasons why we don’t need to spend money needlessly. Carolyn

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