There is a lot of hype about “going tiny.” People are casting most belongings aside in order to live a simpler life. I recently decided to join them, downsizing so that my belongings only took up half of the car my friend and I drove to our new home. Although I’m not going tiny in the complete sense of the phrase (I drove from Alaska to Iowa to move on a whim), I must say it feels good to be lighter! It’s not as difficult as it seems, either. Especially when I’m the only person downsizing right now. It makes moving day akin to Christmas to your friends and family who get all your stuff.
I started with knick-knacks. I love to collect trinkets and items to sit on a shelf and either collect dust or make dusting difficult. There were a few I had had for a number of years that were special to me, but for the most part, they were pretty useless and took up a lot of space. Those were the first to go in the “thrift store box.” Luckily the sentimental trinkets were also special to a good friend of mine, so she offered to take them. It feels good to know that I’m no longer carrying them around, but they have a safe, stable home where they are displayed proudly.
Next, my books. I am very sad to say that most of my beloved books did not make the cut, but I invested in a Nook so my books can travel with me conveniently. My books were all donated either to the thrift store or to family and friends (my brother aspires to have a library, so that was pretty easy). I’m only sorry I didn’t have time to finish the Dark Tower series first.
As far as entertainment, I had to make some cuts. Since my Xbox was bulky and really didn’t get played very often, I decided to sell it. My board games were donated, but I kept things like dice and cards. One of my favorites is a Spicy Farkle game. I have no idea how to play the “spicy” portion, but Farkle is one of my favorite games. Plus it came with a nifty case! My laptop was a must, hands down. How else would I share my work with my fabulous readers?
The very last things to go were my clothes. This was honestly the most difficult part for me. After donating the clothes I never wore, I still had too many. I had to downsize to my personal bare minimum plus my favorite dresses. In the end, I donated two 33-gallon contractor bags full of clothing. That being said I still managed to fill a large suitcase, and clothes take up a good 75% of my current belongings.
After downsizing, I feel so much freer. I’ve got my laptop, a decent assortment of clothes, some games, and my essential oils. My library has gone digital, too. My whole life is now small enough to fit in a small bedroom closet, and I couldn’t be happier with that. Although my space may not remain small, I think I’ll be keeping my belongings this way.