Living small means more than giving up STUFF and SPACE, it means changing your mindset on what is needed in life. We have this idea that we “need” all this stuff in our lives, but once you are living without these things you think you “need”, you become more aware this is not the case.
After a year and a half of downsizing and living full time in an RV, I can honestly say I don’t miss anything I have gotten rid of. There are some things we did store and keep that can not be replaced per say, but I couldn’t tell you most of what’s in those boxes. We are in the process of going through those boxes once again to downsize.
Before this journey, downsizing meant I would go through all my stuff, get rid of all the “junk” in my life, and live happily ever after clutter free! I wish I could tell you that was how that story turned out, but unfortunately this is not a minimalist Disney story.
To my surprise, downsizing and decluttering is a continuous process.
With that being said, I tell on myself by saying DOWNSIZING IS HARD! I am an emotional person and parting ways with people or things can literally leave me short of breath.
Have you ever dropped things off at Goodwill only to walk inside and buy even more than you parted with? Yup. I’ve been there. But I’m a recovering stuff-a-holic and here are a few thoughts that have helped me along the way:
The Best Way to Organize is to Eliminate
I’m probably told this on a daily basis by the organization machine