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.



About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? http://wp.me/p1CY5z-1R Baptism! http://wp.me/s1CY5z-baptism

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