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.
Often times when people hear that I’m a minimalist they assume I am a hippy who lives entirely off the earth in a corn fueled van and I have renounced all my possessions. I have tried to be quite clear that minimalism to me is about simply clearing the clutter to get back to what’s really important. Despite my efforts, some people will never understand; and I’m ok with that. Beyond clutter and possessions, there is something much deeper that is plaguing the entire world now more than ever: depression. Minimalism for me has never been solely about stuff or what I own. It runs deeper than that, to a place that no one can see. After our family moved from a townhouse into a large 3,400 square foot home we never could have imagined that this big upgrade in life would actually start tearing us apart. You can read the full story about our downsize here: How Downsizing Changed Our Family. I touch a bit on why we decided to downsize and what went down to make it happen. Today I want to reflect after a year and a half, get really honest and break down for you exactly what has changed in our lives for the better since the day we ditched the big house for a tiny “starter home.” Basically how downsizing helped our family overcome depression, avoid divorce and reunite us as a whole.
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Going through my own minimalism journey I have really noticed just how much of the problem was my mindset. Everything I was doing on the outside was a basic reflection of just how messy I was feeling on the inside. Then I had the epiphany about The Minimalist Diet. Really, so much of what we do or where we struggle with over consumption all stems from our thoughts. So I did my research and I dug into my own struggles to come up with the 3 major thoughts keeping you in the clutter. Becoming minimalist all begins with checking your negative thoughts at the door starting with these three.