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Yearning for the minimalist life Downsizing slowly one item at a time

Posted by Chris Greten on


As we continue to prepare to move in 5 years I am overwhelmed by the amount of stuff 28 years of marriage can bring! I know that everyone has stuff, but we have a ton! We really have a dream of fitting what we want into our car and possibly a small trailer and moving west. We have really been actively throwing out stuff for about a year now and it does not look like we have even scratched the surface!

I really admire and yearn for the minimalist life but I really have a long way to go to get there. As I go through rooms looking for things to throw out or donate I find it hard to part with things. It is funny that I never thought of myself as a materialistic person but yet I really struggle with the whole downsizing concept. As I continue to purge and part with things I find it very hard to just throw it out or give it to Goodwill. But if someone stepped up and said they wanted the particular item, I would gladly give it to them with no regrets. I guess I just feel like I need to give a good home to all my items! So that seems like a lot of baggage that I need to work through. I don’t know why I feel this way and why it takes me so long to make the decision to get rid of something. I do know that each item out of the house is a good thing and it is less to clean and organize. I long for the day when all this hard work is done and we are traveling west and “all our stuff” is left behind! And until that happens I continue to make small steps each day. Good ting I have 5 years! How about you? How do you get rid of excess items in your life? I am open to any suggestions you have!

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