The pain of downsizimg
I'm having fits the last 3 months downsizing. I've read the other posts here...it's the same story, lovely antiques and fabric, yarn, 100 hobbies and one small closet.
We lived for 2 years in 1200s.f while we were trying to design our "real" house to build on that land. It was so hard...we had 3 storage units filled with our furniture and all. I have a teenager and between us all we shoved 3 businesses into that space. Mess doesn't begin to describe it.
Then we decided that we wanted a different piece of land, higher in altitude to get away from the Poison Oak. We fell in love with a huge property (160 acres) which was a bargain because it couldn't be divided. This worked for us because we grow timber and we could build and live on-site and be done with lumber theft (a problem in timber country).
Long story short, big land = small house. This is bigger than the last house, 1700s.f, but really no storage. And with the economy the way it is, and a kid to put through college, we're going to be in this house for a long while.
We've been living this last year in an almost 4000s.f. rental and I cried with joy when I was able to experience my antiques and my books again.
Sorry to be so wordy here...I have been taking down pictures, mirrors, packing up vases and books. Half of my amazing book collection will go to benefit the local library. The rest I'm selling on consignment and I plan to
donate the money to the local food bank, which is desperate for donations. That feels good, to be able to benefit my community.
I talked my husband into getting some shipping containers. We'll line them with 4" foam sheets for insulation and store our antiques there...for a long time.
The cost of one container is the same as a year of a storage unit.
I'm still getting rid of stuff. Sometimes I sit down and cry...isn't it silly to be so attached to stuff? The good news is that I've lost 8 pounds...perhaps downsizing is a universal theme? Downsize in one area, downsize in all?