Day 202: Shrink

OK, I’ve known for a while that the house we were moving into was going to be considerably smaller than the house we have been used to. But as I am looking at all the the boxes and bags that are now piled up on the floor (the fruits of all of our de-cluttering and downsizing), it’s pretty obvious that we have a long way to go.

I’ve been unpacking the kitchen boxes tonight–all of it “essential”–but now I find myself thinking: Do I really need six wooden spoons? And why do I still own so many plastic storage containers? And what’s with the mismatched pot lids that I never use, but still consider important enough to pack them in a box and lug them 300 miles in a packed-to-the-gills van?

Unfortunately, the list goes on.

But don’t get me wrong. I’m not discouraged, and it’s not as though I don’t see progress. If anything, I am grateful to find myself within this fixed parameter of a small mountain home to help me see just how much excess we still have.

If it doesn’t fit, it’s too much.

There’s not a lot I am doing tonight to shrink our holdings, but I am starting to recalibrate just what it means to minimize–and gaining a new perspective on what “just enough” might look like for our family.

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6 Responses to Day 202: Shrink

  1. When we moved earlier this year I had the same experience. I thought I had done a great job downsizing, but I knew I hadn’t had the time to do all I wished for so some things were just thrown into boxes and as I unpacked I thought the same as you – why did I bring this?! Then again, once moved I had time to unpack and while unpacking I got rid of the excess. For example, I still love my kitchen because it’s not flowing over any more, there’s just enough and I can find things. So great. And, I know you feel tired right now, but for me unpacking was fun because I could really decide what went in to the new place and what didn’t, before it became a habit of just being there….
    Good luck! 🙂

    • Mark says:

      Yup–we definitely got to the point of “just get it in a box.” And yes, as long as we can keep thinning out the unnecessary as we unpack, we should be in (relatively) good shape.

  2. Julie Buhite says:

    “If it doesn’t fit, it’s too much.” Good one.

  3. Your journey has been a lot of work but sounds so much fun! A fresh start and a good time to just keep dumping things!

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