It may seem like a hardship to go from living in a 6,000 square foot home to one that’s 1800 square feet, but it’s really not. In fact, it’s actually very liberating. I’ve blogged about this before, but there’s a great sense of contentment and satisfaction with living small. If you’d like to try, I want to share five simple steps for living a small life.
1. Downsize Your Possessions
Before moving into a smaller space, the first thing you need to do is get rid of stuff. The last thing you want is to have more possessions than you have room for. If you’re paying for a storage unit (especially long-term), you’re doing something wrong. Don’t let your possessions own you, but learn to be particular about your most important possessions and get rid of the rest. The fewer possessions you have, the more you’ll love and use them.
2. Tidy, Tidy, Tidy
Part of living small means less space for clutter. Whenever there’s a mess, it’s especially noticeable in smaller homes. Instead of putting off cleaning or straightening, it’s better to get into the habit of doing it right away. That way you won’t feel like you’re drowning in stuff.
3. Regularly De-Clutter Your Home
It’s amazing how quickly homes can fill up, even without meaning too. If you regularly de-clutter it, though, it’s easier to stay on top of what you own. Marie Kondo has a great method of organizing. She suggests organizing by category. For example, if you start with something like clothing, you can get rid of items easier. If you pull out all your clothing and see how much you have, it’s easier to decide which ones you love and which ones you want to get rid of.
4. One In, One Out
Another way to keep from acquiring too many possessions is by following one simple rule. Whenever you bring an item into your home, get rid of something. That way you won’t keep getting more and more stuff. It’s easier to love and take care of less possessions.
5. Sentimental Items
One exception to all of this is anything sentimental. We all have family heirlooms, photos, and mementos that we’d like to keep and pass on. Have a special place in your home where you can keep these items. It’s always great to have family connections.
I’d love to hear about any ideas you may have about living small.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by!
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