28
Apr

Downsizing...Read, Set, Go!

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I started my downsizing saga today. Well I really started it last week when I began reading this great book - Unstuffed: Decluttering your Home, Mind & Soul by Ruth Soukup. I recommend reading it if you're interested in getting some downsizing motivation. I started with my closet as I needed to get out my spring/summer clothes anyway. After an hour I had sorted through every piece of clothing I own and ended up with 2 garbage bags full of clothes I no longer wear or that no longer fit to be donated to Good Will in the morning. That felt so refreshing! Now everything in my closet is hand  picked (twice!) and I know for a fact I actually wear the things that are left. It was probably the most eye opening to sort through my socks/underwear drawer and realize I wear the same clothes every week, so why do I own 20 pairs of socks??? Mystery!

Now that we know exactly what our new house is going to look like, and how much space it does NOT have for storage, I think made this downsizing project actual feel real and important for me. Before I liked the idea of owning less, but now that I have a clear picture of just how much less, it feels like an even more important task to tackle. I'm still feeling kind of sickly from the strep throat so after doing the closet I started on the kitchen table (yes, we ended up using it for document storage instead of a meal place, bad! I promissed myself I wouldn't let that happen but it happened anyway). I got half-way through the documents but had to lay down for a while. I have tomorrow off so I will be doing even more "unstuffing" tomorrow. My goal for tomorrow is to finish the kitchen table, get all the donations taken to Good Will, post an ad to sell our dining room table on craigslist and tackle the kitchen. I know for a fact that I own entirely too many cooking utensils, pans, bowls, and 'whatnots'. I'm going to sift through and try to pick and choose what to take with me and what needs to go in a yard sale soon.  My new kitchen doesn't have an oven, we will be getting a counter top convection oven, but it still means most of my pans will no longer fit in the storage or the actual oven. I am least looking forward to downsizing my kitchen as I love to cook and bake, I may end up keeping more kitchen supplies and letting the living room decorations be 'kitchen chique' LOL, just a thought...

Stock photos of our new home can be found on the Tiny House Direct website here if you're curious to check out our future digs! We are purchasing the 399sq foot Tiny Hacienda. We decided to get a blue home with white trim. I'm VERY excited about our decision. Now we just need to save as much as we can and wait for my credit to hit the right number. I tend to be a very impatient person. I'm going to work on focusing on the progress I make daily with downsizing, hopefully this will make me feel more productive during our wait.

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