For 8 months, I lived in a 29 foot RV bumper trailer with just a little less than 200 square feet of living space. I truly loved the simplicity of it and didn’t miss any of my personal items except for my piano. I learned to downsize my closet to what I only needed and not buy so many grocery items! I had very limited storage and cupboard space in my mini-home and I was okay with it. I found myself making use of my living space outside and soaking in the great outdoors. My WiFi signal was strong enough to extend 20 feet away from my trailer so I would lay in my hammock and work or sit at the outdoor table. During the winter months it got down to 25 degrees at times and I loved my cocoon of warmth inside. My bedroom was a little cave of coziness. I loved my quality of living!
Eight months ago, I sold my small home of 1300 square feet in Las Vegas and packed most of my stuff up in a 10×10 storage unit. I thought I had done an amazing job of clearing out the clutter in this home and keeping it minimal. But it wasn’t until I had unpacked my storage unit into a moving truck did I realize how much stuff I still didn’t need! As the movers unpacked the items, I would stop them and read my labels and wonder how I ended up moving this stuff in the first place. I felt the burden grow larger and larger as each item was moved out of the storage unit. “What in the world had I stored for 8 months and why I am paying movers to move it from place to place?” I wondered. I started having them make a pile to aside for donation. Once everything was loaded up in the moving truck I stopped immediately at Goodwill and donated a 1/3 of my stuff I realized had no need for.
As a REALTOR, I have seen many clients feel the same burden when packing to move and going through their homes. Sometimes, I’ve seen family members go through the homes of their late relatives and get rid of everything. We spend our adult lives accumulating items but for what reason? We have collections of things, items that have been passed down through families, HUGE pantries of food stuff. These items become a burden as we need larger homes to put them in, more garages, a storage shed, a storage unit and etc. There is incredible freedom in not having lots of things. I have found that I am able to keep my cost of living low and have the flexibility and financial freedom to do lots of things. I am able to save more and live simply. And most importantly, I have learned to enjoy the little pleasures in life.
I moved into another small space just recently – a 1200 square foot condo that will require little upkeep and maintenance. It has all the elements that I need: beautiful views from the windows, a quiet patio, a huge tub, just the right space for my daughter, and a kitchen large enough for cooking and entertaining. And I finally bought myself, for the first time, a brand new washer and dryer! Oh, the simple things……