I downsized once. Now I’m downsizing again. Not much, not as radically, but still reducing more. Some things are slated for my family-actually most things at this point. Pressure cookers, for instance, that they will use for canning. (Since I don’t have a stove, we will share that adventure, with me doing more of the preparation work and them doing the final canning process, although I do have an electric pressure cooker for minor canning needs.)
I suppose I’ve been downsizing all summer and into the winter, really. I haven’t bought more than a can or two of food for months because I’m eating down what I had hoarded away-which has also had a lovely affect on my food bills. My grocery average is less than $50/month.
Today it was clothes yet again. I’ve stuck to my pattern of getting rid of something if I buy something, but since I’d cleaned house in the summer and wasn’t sure what I’d be wearing through the winter yet, I kept more than I should have. At this point in the winter I know what I will and won’t be wearing, and so more things had to go. There are still more clothes in this house than any one person should own, but since some are business clothes, some are chore clothes, and some are weekend clothes, some are winter and some are summer, I’d say the six drawers and a 3′ closet isn’t a bad number… especially considering that less than a year ago I had over 16′ of closet space full plus 10 drawers (at least).
The downsize has been incredible. I love having less stuff, and look forward to moving into something smaller and reducing even more. Out of all of it, I’ve still only missed maybe four things. Very fleetingly.