Haven’t been able to write much lately. We are currently packing up all of our belongings to make the trip back to my childhood home. We made the drastic decision to move our little family in with my parents so we could expedite our savings and buy a house in the spring. We’ve been living happily in this 1600 sq ft home that my husband grew up in the for the past 3 years. After a lot of consideration and purging we’ve decided that living in a house larger than 1000 sq ft is just too much space for us. Ideally we are looking to live simply in a home that’s between 700-900 sq ft. It’s a big decision to make and a total life style change. We are committed to taking the plunge and only living with the things we need.
I started this downsizing journey by reading this book, The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay. To say this book changed my life would be an understatement. I highly encourage anyone who is looking to declutter and live a minimalist lifestyle to pick up a copy of this book. After months of slowly selling our large bulky furniture, our oversized closets of unused clothing and throwing away old papers, and junk, we are finally down to the basics. The most important step to me was making sure everything that we packed up, and everything that we are putting in storage to keep was a piece that we really loved and couldn’t live without. My husband and I have been lucky enough to inherit a lot of gorgeous antique pieces which fits our farmhouse style pretty well. As for the stuff we’ve picked up since we were married, most of them are estate sale finds that have lots of history and character.
I hope that over the course of the next year we are able to keep our lives simple, and not accumulate any more stuff. Other than a few more pieces we will need to complete a house. Here’s hoping this is our last week packing!