As I announced in my last post, I’m moving into a teeny tiny house!
As soon as I saw it on the market for rent, I knew I wanted it. But I also knew that meant downsizing from a nice sized, 660 sqft one bedroom apartment to a 400 sqft one bedroom house.
Considering I’m already pretty minimalist, consolidating my belongings to fit hasn’t been too difficult. I’ve had to get rid of most of my larger furniture, as expected. I sold my dining room set, papasan chair and random storage bins on a nifty Facebook online yardsale group.
However, what I wasn’t expecting was how many random items I have in my apartment that truly don’t serve a purpose for me and definitely wont be useful in the tiny house.
As I’ve been searching through my things and deciding what items I should keep and what items should be sold or donated, I’ve asked myself three things to make the decision easier:
- Have I looked at this, admired this or used it within the last two months?
- If I didn’t have this, would it impact my daily life?
- If given to the right person, would this positively influence their life more than it is mine, currently?
It hasn’t been easy getting rid of all the small things. But these questions have truly helped me put into perspective what possessions I have that are just “stuff” and what possessions I have that are truly useful. I don’t want to (literally) carry around extra baggage of just “stuff.”
Most of the items that I’ve decided to part with, I’ve sold online or to friends.
But conveniently, a family friend of mine is moving into her first apartment soon, so I’ve been giving her the items I think would help her get settled into her new home, too!
I’m still holding onto a few of my smaller items, like coffee cups. Do you know how hard it is to get rid of a cute coffee cup, even if the inside is lined in dust? But lets be real.. I don’t need 8 coffee mugs.
Do you tend to hoard items or get rid of things as they lose their usefulness?
Have you ever had to downsize your belongings for a move?