Abundance is too much.. I’m downsizing my life


Fast Backstory //

My identify is Erin Tannehill. I’m married to a person simply as bold as myself, and collectively we have now two fur infants and a small flock of chickens.

In 2015, we moved out of our 1,450+ sq. foot residence right into a 600 sq. foot studio type store condominium. We decluttered about 80% of the issues we owned, as a result of we needed to suit comfortably in our new area.

Our cause for downsizing is as a result of we wish to reside an easier way of life that features homesteading and minimalist dwelling. Whereas we do have plans to construct our dream residence [less than 1,700 square feet], this downsize has been a pivotable a part of our lives.

With out it, we wouldn’t get to expertise the fun of dwelling purposefully and for ourselves versus everybody else. We wouldn’t have discovered that worth isn’t created by possession, however how we expertise life.

Whereas dwelling smaller can problem you, it’s one which I might select again and again!

Now that you already know a bit about my story, let’s dive into methods to downsize and simplify your life with the intention to expertise the fun of simple living as I’ve completed since 2015.

My Expertise with Downsizing Early

My husband and I’ve at all times valued journey above all else in our relationship. We prioritized cash in our journey fund over buying new clothes or rising the sq. footage of our properties.

Our first condominium was a rental priced far under what we might technically afford. This meant we at all times had extra cash to journey with.

After that condominium, we bought a modest residence on an acre of gorgeous land.  

Then, I found YouTube channels like Exploring Alternate options and Gone with the Wynns. 

They provided hours of intentional living inspiration and I used to be hooked.

I shared a video of the Wynns dwelling and touring full-time of their RV and informed my husband “we might try this, let’s try this.”

And off we went on the following chapter in our lives.  

Beginning the downsizing course of

We renovated a Field Truck right into a tiny residence on wheels to maneuver throughout the nation in.  Our new residence would have solely 112 sq ft of dwelling area. 

Inside a yr we had donated or bought 75% of belongings – we couldn’t maintain something “simply because.” 

We additionally held a storage sale three months earlier than shifting into our new tiny residence. This helped us let go of a considerable amount of objects in a brief period of time.

Now, over three years later we’ve upgraded to a 300 sq ft fifth wheel RV that we’ve renovated ourselves.  To me, it’s the cutest little condominium on wheels ever!

In my life, downsizing means flexibility.  

Every season is a brand new alternative to create a life we love.

We even have extra management over how a lot our way of life prices. This was vital in 2020 after we misplaced work because of the pandemic. 

I understand my downsizing story is excessive, and I’m not right here to persuade you to maneuver into 112 sq ft.  I do know it’s not for everybody! 

The excellent news is, there are many choices when you’re contemplating a transfer right into a downsized dwelling.


3. Serving to others to assist your self

Earlier than I throw something away or donate it to a spot like Goodwill or Worth Village, I at all times ask myself if it may be helpful to somebody who’s in want that may’t afford even a thrift retailer worth. Once I was going by my basement I discovered a minimum of seven tents, and a bunch of sleeping baggage. I’ve a superbly serviceable tent, and a few sleeping baggage that I can make use of relying on the climate. I took these instantly to the native homeless shelter and outreach program. Town of Seattle is aggressively sweeping homeless camps each day, and individuals are dropping their possessions. There’s at all times a necessity for cleaning soap, tents, sleeping baggage, pillows, clothes, and private grooming objects. I not menstruate, however I nonetheless had a whole lot of left-over issues from once I did, into the field for the ladies’s shelter they went. I additionally use Purchase Nothing, which is a program designed to assist share issues by your neighborhood to stop wasteful shopping for; I gave away outdated laptops, and gaming consoles, and video games. I gave away all the pieces I might, and what wasn’t helpful or taken, then received donated to locations that may resell them. My neighbor helps resettle refugees, and I gave her all my superfluous furnishings and objects for kids that my very own children have outgrown. Something so as to add a bit little bit of residence to newly arrived individuals searching for to flee an not possible scenario, together with all unopened, nonperishable meals. I even have a myriad of frozen meats, and greens that went to the native meals financial institution, and thru this act of altruism, I used to be capable of assist myself by serving to others. It made it simpler to let go of things I might have in any other case held on to, understanding they had been going to enhance the lives of people who find themselves extra in want than I’m.

The lengthy and wanting that is, we’re all carrying too many issues with us, and whereas it’s straightforward to get caught up in shopper tradition, and continuously purchase new issues, and easily take the issues we not need or must the dump, there will be life for most of the issues in your house after you’re completed with it. Please do guarantee that if you find yourself purging your objects you’re searching for to provide them away as you may. I perceive the inclination to Provide Up and Poshmark your used objects, however serving to individuals in want ought to at all times come earlier than somebody turns a revenue.

Causes to Downsize //

Now that we’ve mentioned the advantages of downsizing, figuring the significance of it, and methods to set up a WHY that’s true to your scenario, let’s discuss some causes to downsize.

1 // To scale back bills

Residing in a smaller residence can lead to many bills lowering. Listed below are a number of you could expertise relying in your scenario:

  • Decrease utility payments
  • Decrease mortgage fee or no mortgage fee
  • Decreased or eradicated HOA charges
  • Decreased actual property taxes

Once we downsized, we noticed a discount in our mortgage fee and actual property taxes. Our utility payments elevated as we had been on effectively water earlier than shifting and now are on metropolis water. General, our bills decreased, so I’m pleased with that!

2 // Much less to take care of

With a smaller residence, there may be much less to take care of, which is nice! It diminished the time I spend cleansing and tidying my residence.

With regards to repairs, there may be much less to fret about fixing, since you aren’t in the identical dimension area you was once. There might be much less doorways, home windows, plumbing and lighting fixtures, and many others.

3 // Extra flexibility

The liberty that comes with downsizing isn’t one I anticipated, however the reality is that with much less time cleansing and tidying, I’ve extra time to do issues I like!

What hobbies do you take pleasure in?

When you transition and really feel at residence in your new area, you’ll have time for these items, once more! You may get exterior extra and luxuriate in dwelling your life greater than you probably did earlier than downsizing.

4 // Obtain objectives faster

With diminished bills and extra time to do the stuff you wish to do, you’ll truly have the ability to obtain your objectives faster than earlier than downsizing.

In case your aim is to develop a powerful backyard that feeds your loved ones for the yr, you’ll have time to place into that and make it occur. Fairly cool proper?

5 // To reside extra and be happier

I like this TEDx Talk by Rita Wilkins which explains why she downsized! It exhibits you that everybody has a special cause for downsizing and what pleasure it could actually deliver you.

It isn’t nearly your very best life, but additionally the emotions related to what downsizing can provide. Downsizing to be happier and extra fulfilled by experiencing life with simply what you want versus a whole lot of extra issues is de facto the one cause anybody must downsize.

It’s as much as you what you make this expertise imply.

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