Saturday, April 14, 2018

Downsizing 101

I still remember the DSL tech who came to my little studio to set up my Internet, back when I was separated, and he and I joked that I was downsizing my husband.  I really was using the divorce as an opportunity to downsize... for a while.  I kind of lost sight of that goal for a while.

But I'm back to trying to downsize.  I got tired of accumulating (more) stuff since settling into a bigger place again.  I finally had more space, and so I promptly filled it... and now I'm out of space again.

So I've been giving a lot of thought to downsizing, especially why I'm successful at going through things sometimes and not others.  Here are a few ideas I've come up with, and perhaps a little bit of instruction that might help others.
  1. Go through things when you're in the right frame of mind.  If you're feeling sentimental, that's probably not the right time to go through everything.  When you're feeling exasperated with the clutter is a perfect time.  You'll be more ruthless, which is what you need -- to be tough on yourself and your stuff.
  2. Don't try to do too much at once.  I think you get "downsizing fatigue" if you try to work on it for too long.  I do, at least -- once I've thrown so many things on the give-away pile, I start getting a little stingier with the things I want to purge.
  3. Know ahead of time what you want to do with the things you purge.  I have certain things I want to try to sell, because I know they're worth the time involved.  But I also have a lot of things that go straight to the thrift store, because they're totally not worth taking up my time and space until they are sold.  Know the difference, and be as discerning with your time as you are with your space.
Good luck everyone!

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