Why? Random thoughts
Why do I want to downsize? I’m not really sure when I decided to it. My lifestyle changed dramatically about two years ago, but I’d considered a smaller space even before that. Part of it was wanting to build my own home and being realistic about what I could afford, and part of it has been the positive lifestyle change. As I’ve gotten rid of things I no longer want or can use, I’ve realized more and more just how little I really need.
At this point it’s become a challenge. How much could I reduce by without affecting my lifestyle? Would reducing by more than that affect me negatively… or could a further reduction actually be positive?
What do I really need? Forty years’ worth of birthday cards? Videos I watch once or twice a year? Books I read less often than that? What if I need–but I haven’t. I haven’t needed any of it. And how much would I really risk by trying?
One thing I thought of this morning: if I built a 400 sq ft house or rented an apartment that size for awhile, could I and would I want to reduce even further?
The two most difficult things for me regarding space are the fact that I’m naturally a collector/hoarder and that floor space in many apartments and houses is so chopped up, it feels small no matter how big it is. I want one open space, not a lot of little rooms. I’m redirecting the hoarder mentality. Open space is more than possible if I build.