Living More with Less

“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.

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15 Comments

  1. Good on you guys! We live in a unit and it’s pretty compact and although we have 2 bedrooms and we’re only 2 people we need that second bedroom for when our overseas friends and family come to stay. That said, I am totally on board with living more with less and have been decluttering like a boss. I’m more of a wannabe minimalist but I’m definitely more conscious of what I buy and consume. And check out your new view! Happy new home for you!

    1. Thanks Sammie! ?
      I know what you mean about how that extra room can come in handy. We’re going to have to think about the best way to use the space in our new place. We’re thinking a sofa bed/day bed to start off with. I’m probably more of a wannabe minimalist as well haha but at least we try!

  2. I hear you on this. Our home is too big now. At one time it wasn’t but now it’s just the two of us. I think we need to do this too. We’ve already did the unclutter thing long ago, but we need to do more than that.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

    1. Our living situation has changed so much over the last 6 months as well. At first we thought Oh well, it doesn’t hurt to have the extra space..but the end of our contract really made us stop and think about our home and what suited our lifestyle best. Nothing like a catalyst to motivate positive change!

  3. Sounds like it an exciting new adventure is about to begin for you! We live in a 1BR apt. in NYC and while we love our place and neighborhood, Manhattan real estate isn’t very roomy unless you have $$$ We’ve always made the best of the space but Marie Kondo’s books have been real eye openers. I think we actually live better now that we have less. The key is really quality over quantity.

    1. Sydney is becoming more and more pricey to live in too. I liked Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying (especially her tip for storing clothes in drawers on their side – you can see everything and fit more!). Do you suggest any of her other books?

    1. Can relate! I tried to do a major cull of my bookshelf yesterday and it was REALLY hard. I’ll try again over the weekend. Thanks for the luck! x

  4. We are in the process of downsizing at the moment. And I can tell you that it feels freeing as we move things out! I found over 10 years of old paper pay stubs that went straight through the shredder, not to mention drawers of other paper files. There just seems to be no need for paper files these days! Now on to the closets … plenty to donate in there I’m sure

  5. That is great. I don’t think we necessarily live with less.. we are a large family in a large (not mc mansion) house. But I do not believe in hoarding or buying things without function. I am constantly looking around the house for thing that are no longer being used and are no longer needed and off they go to charity or Ebay.

    Good luck on your venture.

    1. Thanks Hena! Quality over quantity right? We’ve found so much in our home that didn’t have a function anymore, it’s great when you can make a few dollars for those things on eBay too 🙂

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