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Downsizing

I am loving my new home.  I truly am.  It is amazing what decluttering like your life depended on it can do to you.  We went from a 3 bedroom home with garage to a one bedroom condo.  And it doesnt look cluttered with every corner piled with boxes.  It is not cluttered; there is nothing piled up in the corners.  There is nothing.

We havent quite gone spartan but we have gotten rid of alot- almost everything that is not used on a daily basis is not in our livable space.  Yes, we do have bookshelves with books we dont read everyday and I do have racks with crockery that I dont use everyday- but for the most part- everything else is gone.

Sometimes I dont know how we achieved it, we did live in a 3 bedroom home and the garage was so stuffed we could barely get out of the garage after parking the car.  And we had one bedroom designated strictly for junk- yes, boxes and boxes of it.

Nic and I actually sat down, after we saw this apartment (and fell in love with it) and wondered if we could manage it.  We realised that in the house, the rooms we used at all were the one bedroom, the living and the kitchen.  So why not.  We went through the dimensions of the new place, we went through all our furniture and stuff.  We decided that if we didnt have a designated space for it, it was out.  And we got rid of about half our stuff just with that axiom.

We do rent a storage locker, but its 5′ x 5′ and it houses the boxes of books that Nic and I both being avid readers have and refuse to let go of (hello complete set of Enid Blyton and Nancy Drew!).  We also keep our camping and christmas gear there.   The 3′ x 4′ storage unit in the apt houses laundry detergent, diapers, extra pantry supplies and the assortment of bikes and strollers.  And thats it – us downsized.

And loving it.

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