I have completed the daunting task of downsizing and moving into a much smaller place. It is a very soul cleansing thing to do for your life. I went from a 3 bedroom home with full basement to a 1 bedroom loft…yes, on purpose! These are the things I learned by living smaller.
- You have to really decide what is important to keep and what can go. For instance, I kept pictures but I let go of my kids’ school work. I also got rid of all my school work from college.
- I’m not a big “keeper of things” anyway, so this cleansing was not too bad. It is amazing how much lighter you will feel without having to be the “keeper of things” for everyone.
- I chose to have a few fabulous pieces (furniture) that were real statement pieces and fit the ambiance I was trying to create. It’s a process and I figure I will know if something is right for my space when I see it.
- I had several great antiques that my father had given me over the years and wanted to keep those so I had to find a new purpose for them. That’s been fun.
- Smaller space means you must put everything back where it goes immediately or it clutters quickly.
- Giving up the garage means I might get wet one day! Lol. As my daddy says, I won’t melt.
- I’m closer to work. Closer to restaurants (you know I don’t care to cook). This was an important realization when I thought I wanted a kitchen island in my space…but it’s not necessary because I don’t want to cook. I can use that money for a more practical piece.
- I truly have had more visitors than ever before. And all of them say, “this looks like you!” And it is. I felt at home immediately.
The only downsides:
- I can see the workout room from my couch…some guy works out every night…I don’t like him reminding me that I’m being lazy.
- My tub has no back slope…I can’t lounge in the tub. Why would you make a tub that isn’t lounge-worthy?
- I live in the Carpet Capital of the WORLD and I can’t seem to find a large rug for my living room that doesn’t cost a fortune. It’s my new mission. I rarely lose these battles and I don’t intend to lose this one.
- Ordering rugs online is a hassle. And a crap shoot. I won’t even go into what it takes to return one of those babies.
The trick to living in an apartment setting, especially when you’ve come from home ownership, is to find one with great management.
This loft space is in an 1880 textile mill that has been transformed into lofts. It’s amazing. Exposed brick. Concrete flooring. Original wood floors. And the most majestically beautiful 10′ windows that will get your tail out of bed when God intends you to get up.
I had lunch with my friend (Lisa) the other day and she said, “you look better than you’ve looked since I’ve known you!” Of course, I did have a new haircut, new color, makeup on (not a summer norm), and was well-rested from a 5 week beach getaway. But I think it’s the move. I think I feel free. Free to travel. No maintenance (house or lawn). No plants to water. I feel renewed. I like change. I’m embracing the new life.