|The Organized Closet|
If you had to downsize what would you keep? You know we have too much stuff when an organized closet is a goal for so many of us. Organizing a closet is a big project, but what if you had to do it for your whole house. We are considering downsizing not to a smaller house or apartment, but to something the size of mobile home. Maybe smaller.
My husband and I are retired and have been enjoying travel around the US in our van. We visit our kids and just enjoy being out and about. Lately we’ve toyed with the idea of giving up a house altogether. Our house is paid for, and we probably would get some money for it, though not all that much in today’s market. I don’t know what motor homes cost, but money from the house could help with that purchase.
|Motor Home Camping|
We’re considering buying and living in a motor home like you see at many campgrounds. It would contain all the necessities, but not much beyond that. Can I do it? I’ve been a little proud of furnishing our home on a shoestring while achieving a bit of a high end decor look. Well, maybe not extremely high end, but something that is a bit artistic while including family mementos. Can I give that all up? What about the pottery I’ve collected over the years? That can go. What about family photos? They have to be kept somewhere. Favorite books? The Kindle? Crafting supplies? I can downsize that to some beads. Oh uh, there are a lot of Christmas decorations I’d have a hard time parting with, but they could go to the kids. It makes me wonder: is all your stuff what makes you “you”? Of course not, but what about interests and hobbies?
I can’t give up cooking; I’d have to get really serious about organizing a small kitchen to make it work. With little storage space for food, I’d have to be more careful about meal planning rather than relying on a big freezer. It would be a slightly different mind set.
My sewing machine would be the biggest problem. I’ve just started sewing for my new granddaughter and am enjoying it so much. I have lots of fabrics in my stash that are perfect for little dresses. Can I give all that up for a life on the road? I don’t know.
What clothes would I take? We’d need things for all sorts of weather, so planning would be important. It would be like living from a suitcase on a trip, only all the time. So much for fashion. And I do have quite a collection of purses from over the years as well as some I’ve made. That’s sort of a hobby too.
|Down Sizing or Right Sizing?|
The pluses are that we wouldn’t have to keep up a house and that we could go where the weather suits us. We’d see our family a bit more, but we already see them quite a bit.
I just don’t know if I’m ready for a life where the constant is change. I often think that a life without a lot of possessions could be a good one, but when it comes to choosing it I hesitate. (Also I have claustrophobia. Could I take it to be enclosed in a relatively small space?)
If you had to downsize, what would be on your list of must-haves to take with you? It’s always been a fun exercise to me, but when it comes to the real thing, it seems a little more daunting.