Less Can Be More
I have to say that after moving twice in the past two years, I have gotten rid of a TON of accumulated stuff, or if I didn't get rid of it, it's been lost, oops!! What I have learned moving from a 2,400 sq ft living space to just under 1,000 sq ft is that I'm positively not missing any of it!!!
The thing is, at first it was extremely hard. I didn't want to part ways with all the things that I thought were treasures or something that I may need in the future. I mean, who knows, those seven plastic bins of Kayla's dance clothes could come in handy one day?!! But after I let it go: the bins of costumes, the extra kitchen utensils that never get used, the unused kitchen appliances, the unfinished art projects, the hoards of craft supplies... the list goes on and on, I felt such a heavy weight lifted off my shoulders. Why am I letting "stuff" overwhelm me?
I found out that my closets were more organized and things were easier to find. The house is a breeze to pick up and clean, and I mean REALLY clean, not just shoving more crap in unseen places when company comes. Oh, and it takes a lot less furniture to fill up a space, that's a bonus!
I recently happened upon this documentary,"Tiny - The Movie" and it hit home. I admire those who can give up a lot of the material things and live simply. It's a fabulous concept if it works for you. I honestly don't know if I could go all the way down to 200 sq ft or less, but I do find it interesting to say the least. The house can be so adorable and filled with detail.
Some of these may be a little extreme, but can you imagine: little to no mortgage, lower heat/cooling and water bills, and being able to have the freedom to do what you want, like spending more time traveling or even just spending more time with your family because you may be able to work less!!
In any case, it may just inspire you to let go of some of your "stuff"....GO FOR IT!