It has been a few months since I have written a new post. There has been a lot going on in our lives, to say the least. I thought that I was done working and would be staying home with our daughter, but instead, I have taken on more work. We have moved into a tiny apartment and made some important decisions about our future.
For the last couple of years, my husband and I have been feeling convicted about having so much stuff that we don't really need. We have been pouring so much money into rent, debt reduction, and everyday life that we haven't been able to put much into our savings for a house someday. We weren't spending money frivolously. We have been budgeting vigilantly but expenses keep popping up and we just can't get ahead. It's a vicious cycle. We had been praying for a way to break the cycle and be free from debt. A smaller place is cheaper to rent, which would free up some of our money, but we currently have too much stuff to fit into most tiny apartments. Therefore, we have begun to downsize.
Most of our stuff, we really don't need. It is a process to decide which stuff we do need and which stuff we are really attached to, and which stuff is just...stuff. We are finding that we have an embarrassing amount of stuff that we don't need, love, or even really care about. Why have we been keeping it? I am finding that since we need to downsize significantly to fit comfortable in a tiny place, it is easier to pick out the things that I need and the things that I am really attached to rather than picking out the things I want to get rid of. For example, when I am looking at my bookshelf, I don't want to get rid of any of them because they are all good books. However, when I look at my bookshelf and pick out the books I "need" and the books I am really attached to, I find that I do, in fact, have books that I am willing to pass on to other people. Another example might be towels. How many bathroom towels do we really need? Even if we have lots of guests, and we have bath towels, hand towels, and beach towels, how many do we really need?
Our culture has fed us a lot of lies:
The process of downsizing isn't fun, but it is freeing. I am finding satisfaction with every item we sell or give away. I am going to learn to live more simply. Every item that we purchase from now on will be carefully planned or absolutely necessary. The impulse purchases have to stop if we are going to save money and downsize. It is definitely a process and requires will-power and perseverance, but we will get there!