“We begin spending our lives accumulating more and more possessions, storing them in bigger and bigger houses, not ever realising that we are chasing happiness in things that can never bring it” – Joshua Becker, The Minimalists
My desire to live simply and with less stuff, making conscious decisions about the stuff I do keep and where, is taking my life in a new direction.
With my rental contract coming to an end, it’s been an opportunity to rethink about the way we live and if our home is best suited to our current lifestyle. Kevin and I both work in the city and spend a lot of time in the area when we’re not working, socialising and doing other day to day activities. The best parts about where we live now is the community feel in the area and how quick and easy it is to get to work and around. Marrickville Markets are a Sunday favourite too. Although, we could be saving money on rent (for that trip to Lebanon next year) and we don’t really need as much space as we have now. And so we have decided to downsize our home.
Downsizing to a smaller space with less stuff can be a challenge…
– What will we keep?
– Do we really need that?
– Is there a smarter way to store/use that?
But it can also be really rewarding…
– Less cleaning and maintenance
– More environmentally friendly
– Save $$$ on rent and bills
– More spare time
– Less stress
I grew up in a unit and loved the cozy feel of our home. I’ve also spent a huge chunk of my life living on acreage and loved the peacefulness that the space brought with it. I believe it just goes to show that you can make what you’ve got work for you. It’s all a matter of perception. I have to admit I’m kind of excited for this challenge. I love that light, fresh feeling of decluttering and can’t wait to make the most of our new space. A maximal life for the Minimalist if you will. An adventure in living small and thinking big.
And I can’t wait to start this adventure together.
The view from the balcony in our new apartment doesn’t hurt either.
Read all about it:
– The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
– Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown
– How to Simplify Your Home, Practicing Simplicity
Have you downsized? Could you live with less? Hit me up with your favourite smart living/storage solutions and simple living reads.