Living Small

For the past four years we’ve lived in an 850 sq ft apartment that suited us well.  Once Grae was born we all got a little bit tighter and we knew we had excess but I guess weren’t ready to be ruthless about purging.

Greg and I have talked about the need to ‘downsize’ for awhile now.  We really always have the best intentions of getting rid of all the clutter.  This past weekend we started our journey of living small.

Living without all the ‘stuff.’

Our plan is to clear the house of excess and simplify. Our goal is to be mindful and thoughtful of our space, our home. That means not buying everything that we want and when we do buy we will be mindful of how it will fit into our lives.  It means repurposing, selling and or donating items that are in good condition and really streamlining the place that we call our home and are raising our family.

Step one was clothing.  So much clothing.  I am embarrassed to admit that we ended up with three black construction bags of clothing and shoes to be donated.  Three. Bags. That is just excessive.  We now have the things that we need for work and play and nothing ‘extra.’  My clothes fit into my dresser and our closet has room in it! It feels so good.  For whatever reason I have been really mindful when purchasing clothes for the baby which I am pretty proud of.

Step two will be all the ‘things.’  Books, craft supplies (oh! the craft supplies), kitchen gadgets (so many).

Along the way I know there are going to be a few items that we buy to make our home work harder for us and we’re ok with that.  Our hope is that by making those few purchases we will be able to live more simply.

I’m excited to be on this journey and can’t wait to share our triumphs and setbacks along the way!