When we downsized our house a little over 2 years ago we also did it with the desire to begin living a more intentional life. Up to that point in our lives, we lived without a budget or any real purpose for our money. We took vacations when we had extra money and had hardly anything in savings. Downsizing for us also meant upsizing our money. It meant building a savings and making a conscious decision to tell our money where to go (just like Dave Ramsey told us to.) So many people find themselves in the same boat as we did. Spending too much on useless things, spending too much money and time maintaining a house and all the things inside. So, I’m here to spread the word that it is possible to downsize your house and debt at the same time. You can totally transform the direction of your life and while it won’t be easy, it will totally be worth it.
Two years ago we moved into a whole new house. A house with 2,000 less finished square feet than our previous house. Our plan was for a new beginning, a fresh start and a simpler way of living. We never could have imagined the big time changes that were about to take place in our home and in our lives. In the midst of this massive minimalist movement, a lot of people are asking themselves, “Is it worth it?” “Will I regret it?” These are the thoughts I know I had. I craved a downsized life, but, was it worth it? Do we regret it? Let’s talk downsized and how our family of 5 is doing after 2 years.
More and more stories are popping up of people moving from big houses to smaller, more modestly sized homes. Our family made the big downsize almost 2 years ago now and have never looked back. Since then, we have continued to downsize. So if you are someone who has been dreaming of a downsized life but the idea of a big move is overwhelming, I’ve got some solutions for you! It’s actually very easy to plan a big downsize without moving. I have some personal tips and tricks that I have used as well as some ideas from the biggest downsizers out there.
Creating a minimalist home is truly a dream come true for me and my family. We love being surrounded only by things that bring us joy. But, don’t be fooled, the stress-free life with less didn’t happen overnight.
Many posts will tell you that you can create a minimalist, clutter-free home in a weekend. While this is an appealing idea, creating a quality, peaceful space isn’t quite that simple.
My biggest suggestion, especially if you have a lot of clutter to work through, is to take it one room at a time. Trying to run through an entire house in a few short days will probably leave you with a big mess and a defeated attitude. In this post, I’m going to walk you through how to start minimalist living by decluttering your home one room at a time.
Downsizing can seem crazy overwhelming, especially if you have a lot to do. So many people know they will have a huge weight lifted if they can just get past the clutter, but often never get started because the amount of things that need to be done seem impossible. As an expert declutter-er I have some great tips to help get you started. If you were hoping to have 2018 be your year of more freedom, it can be and it doesn’t have to be hard. Well, one funny thing is about downsizing your stuff is that downsizing other areas of your life actually help with the whole process. I’ve gotten together 18 practical ways to downsize and simplify for the new year to help you start achieving your goals and feeling a little bit less cluttered.