It’s now been six months (almost seven) since my husband and I moved out of our rented three bedroom house in the country and brought our lives to a two bedroom apartment in the city.
The Goldfish in the Fishbowl
The three-bedroom house wasn’t good for my minimalist tendencies. That house was huge and had both a basement and a garage to store whatever we desired. As a result, our possessions expanded to fill the space. It’s not that I intentionally went out and collected more stuff, but I certainly was not mindful of what was being brought into our home. There was so much room that I didn’t need to monitor what we were accumulating. Like a goldfish in a big fishbowl, our possessions expanded to fit the space.
That has all changed with our newer, smaller apartment. I had known before we moved that we’d need to pare down our stuff. So last fall, I set out to declutter our large home, room by room. It was successful, and we got rid of bag upon bag of useless stuff. It also made the moving process easier, since we did not have to move as much stuff to Halifax.
The Goldilocks of Homes
I’ve lived in some small spaces, like the 400 square foot cottage I house sat for 16 months. There simply was not enough space in that cottage for myself, my husband, our cat and our dog. Life was cramped all of the time, and I had to up my minimalist game to make things livable.
Then, we did a 180 turn and moved into a three-bedroom house. It was a beautiful house, but it was too big for us. Two whole bedrooms went completely unused.
Finally, the apartment we’ve moved into now feels just right. There are two bedrooms, one that I use for my remote working office, and doubles as a guest room. There are two good sized closets and a laundry room with storage. I know that we should be able to fit all of our possessions into this apartment, and that is my goal.
Everything I Own, In One Place
Right now, everything we own is in this apartment except for a few totes of Christmas decorations and some camping odds and ends that are in storage back home. In the past, I’ve tended to leave a few boxes at my parents’ place for storage, and I’d love to eliminate that. I don’t like the idea that I’ve strewn my possessions across the country.
To make room for the remaining few boxes, we’re going to have to a) add smart storage and b) pare down our possessions more.
Both of these tasks should be easy. There are some simple and inexpensive storage options that we could add to a few closets that would increase their capacity.
Also, I’ve noticed that there are boxes that we hadn’t touched since our big move six months ago. You know what that means: we probably don’t need whatever is inside them.
Here is where I stand on my minimalist journey: I’ve found the right-sized home for my husband and me, and now we simply need to refine our things to fit the space better. I’m looking forward to our next big purge in the fall. In the meantime, I’m going to be extra vigilant about what we do and don’t use in our home, what possessions add meaningful value and what we don’t need to be happy.
What’s the state of your home? Is it too big? Too small? Empty and serene? Filled to the brim with stuff? I want to know!