Over the last four weeks I am learning the value of downsizing. Although, madly in love with my home and my work I realize I was experienceing stress regularly. But nothing out of normal, frankly, not as much as most people. But, this is what I have come to understand. If you suffer with migraines you don’t realize the immensity of the pain until it’s really gone.
Only two months ago we decided to sell our house and the closing took place exactly 30 days later. Moving that quickly is a huge amount of work at a fast pace. I never imagined how much stuff I could have! I thought I was a great decorator – I didn’t realize I was a hoarder. Opening our home for two consecutive weekends to let people shop took valuable time, but cha..ching! Although a lot of our things sold – so much was left behind. Good stuff too! (Why would I have junk! LOL!)
Having this knowledge now I would do it differently. I would shred paperwork, pack a bag, a few favorites, my office necessities and walk out the door. But it is done, over and no longer matters. We had the option of leaving it all behind and that is truly a benefit of not having to worry about cleaning up!
Making the decision to purchase our RV before we did close on the house was a really great decision. Because we actually did overestimate how much we could bring with us so the tiny pile got even tinier. Although, we have been living in our RV for a month we are still downsizing. It is amazing learning what we actually do need versus how we prepared for tiny living scenarios. We still are slightly over packed!
Art supplies are stuffed everywhere which seems surprising since I actually have only about 3% of what was in my art studio! The kitchen is over packed we are still pulling everything out to get to something and stuffing it back in! We began going through the kitchen and eliminating what we aren’t using. This has made the cooking prep work much easier.
Since we don’t eat at the table because it is too small to be comfortable to sit at unless you are invisible or a very tiny person I am currently using the dining table for my desk and we are considering putting a desk and shelves in its place. This would be much more efficient and practical use of space.