What does downsizing mean to you? House to apartment or mobile home or car, two bedroom to one bedroom or studio; 3000 square feet to 1000 square feet or less; living on your own to shared living, or visa-versa.
Maybe it’s the move to minimalism. Smaller? Less? Got to lower expenses? Retired? New job? Relationship changes?
I have it in my mind that I needed to downsize, and that may be the most practical thing I do. It makes sense. I’m on that journey and maybe it started way back with the clutter clearing. But everything’s been kicked up a notch or three or five.
Clutter-clearing involved: give-away, throw-away, sell or trash, small stuff.
Next notch involved selling a few bigger items, emptying cupboards…
Then another notch: turning it over to the professionals and staging an Estate Sale.
(I think of an Estate Sale as a garage sale for dealers who are buying for their shops)
Then, with what’s left over from the Estate Sale time to have one or more garage sales.
(Not a big money maker, but I met some neighbors for the first time)
Then when you know where you are going to downsize to: call in the liquidators.
(I’m not to the liquidator stage yet.)
I’m writing about this without emotion, BUT, in reality I’m letting go of parts of my life and this is a huge emotional journey and I go up and then I go down and I’ve put things in the “to go” pile and then taken them off. I’ve let things go and then had a tinge of regret. It’s all part of this journey. I’m keeping a journal (YES helps), and I keep a yellow notepad near me in the night, in case I wake up and need to write out my thoughts, for the next “to do” lists. Old life…new life: I’m caught in the transition.
One other thing I am doing: I signed up for some art classes and I am painting once a week, and this is my lifeline. I’ll try and share some new work next post.