I’ve always reacted negatively to the magazine Real Simple‘s tagline : Do less, Have More*.
Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
We’ve decided to downsize, and in a few weeks will move into a smaller home.
I find it liberating. Yea, though I must pack all I own and move to a new land (actually just across the street), the land of milk and honey and smaller bathtubs.
There’s something about going through the detria of life and sifting the truly necessary from the “I or someone like me might need/use this object is some vague time in the future”. Especially with kids, it’s amazing how very like a black hole one’s living space can become.
One of my favorite sites is Small Notebook, which advocates conscious, streamlined living and frugality. Especially pertinent in today’s economic drought.
And so I’ll be taking Small Notebook’s advice over the next two weeks as we sift, glean, and purge. Extra clothing? Donate (which I do already). Child masterworks covering the fridge? Scan and save to the laptop. Papers and printed paraphernalia? Conscious decisionmaking. It’s amazing how freeing the experience can be. I do highly recommend it- even without moving across the street.
Are you downsizing? How do you sift? Any help on how to purge?
*note: as of press time, they’ve changed it to “Life Made Easier”, at least on their website. A reflection of a more current outlook?? One hopes so.