The ultimate downsize system came about through process of elimination and started here at the farm. This place was pretty sad in the beginning and required attention inside and out; where to begin was a challenge so before moving in I insisted Robert remove cabinet doors, carpet, and interior doors.
The more we removed the more I felt like I could prepare myself to live here. After an extreme cleaning, new doors and fresh paint this place began to feel like home. A system of removal was in place and it felt good.
Unpacking was overwhelming and it took forever; box after box I wondered if it would ever end. It was winter so there wasn’t a need to hurry but I was anxious to get it all done. The process reminded me of this overgrown tree line, a strip of clutter that had no purpose.
When things pile up, it clouds ones thought process. I was tired of the clouds and decided to turn the unpacking into a mini downsize.
We sold off some things and gave the rest away; there was this sense of freedom in the air and I liked it.
This mini downsize reminded me to be aware of what comes back into the home.
The more I cleaned out the better I felt. I began to feel like this cleaned out tree line, clutter free with open space to view blessings without second guessing everything.
How do we free ourselves from clutter? It’s take commitment and honestly it took me a solid 2 years to get where I’m at today. When I was first cleaning out I just touched the surface. It wasn’t until both of our kids left home that I really embraced the idea of the ultimate downsize.
This began with plans to sell the farm and move into a smaller square foot home. I wasn’t sure I could do this; going from 2100 square feet to 399 is outrageous.
To embrace this downsize that was going to match our future plans adjustments needed to be made and that started by changing the way I was living now. Here are some things I did.
- Stopped spending money on feel good purchases
- Continued reading scripture and vamped up reading inspirational books
- Stopped listening to others and their opinions
- Focused on our future plans
- Took cleaning out to the next level
- Listened to music to motivate my efforts
When our son left for the Marines I got serious and walked through the entire house room by room asking myself what was important and what could be moved on. This wasn’t easy, memories flooded and clouds began to form.
I pushed them aside, prayed for guidance and simply switched gears by reminding myself I was preparing for the next chapter of life and 399 square feet.
Room by room cupboards were cleaned out and stuff was removed. Then one day my husband called me the anti hoarder.
This wasn’t a compliment and at that moment I stopped cleaning out and looked around to finally notice I was done. It was quite the accomplishment and a personal journey that gave me inner peace.
It was about removing the layers of unwanted items that were keeping me from that next chapter.
Through the entire clean out process I realized that many times we buy things just to make us feel better. Maybe it does for a day or two but in realities that feeling ends and then there is this need to find something else to fill that void.
Now days I fill that void by enjoying things like fresh air, exercise and watching birds splash in their bath. My desire to buy stuff has become out of necessity instead of want. I see the world around with clear vision, focus and I enjoy life more than I ever thought possible.
I’m finally ready to move forward and handle the good things planned for our future including that 399 square feet that we’ll call home.
The ultimate downsize system begins with you, room by room, removing layers of clutter. It’s that clutter that keeps us from opening closets, from looking under the bed and closing off doors until you have to enter at another time.
This journey hasn’t been easy, but overall it’s been amazing and one I recommend if you seek a deeper connection for high quality living to go for it.
Who we are is seeded at the root of our soul not at the root of our belongings. When this concept was clear, understanding of my own behavior also became clear. This life isn’t about the things we acquire it’s about the good we do along the way and the freedom we’ve been blessed with.