We recently moved from Pennsylvania to Florida. Our house in PA was about 3900 square feet on about an acre of land. It was the last house on a dead-end street and had a nice fenced in yard. Our house in FL has just over 1200 square feet under air and an additional 700 square feet of lanai/porch space. We have about 1/4 acre of land. It was obviously a major downsizing! We knew that our house in PA was really a little too big for us. We had a full finished basement that didn’t get used nearly as much as we thought it would when we bought the house (it was actually a major selling point for us!). We knew living in a smaller space would take some getting used to, but we also knew it would be worth it! Living twenty minutes from the beach would be awesome!
We had two yard sales, gave away some stuff, and took tons of stuff to Goodwill (we even stopped at Goodwill the morning we left to drop off more stuff!) and yet we still managed to fill 26 feet in a U-Pack truck (if you’re looking to move and don’t want to drive a moving truck, I highly recommend ABF!). As we unpacked, we got rid of more stuff! It was amazing the amount of stuff, that was just, well, stuff. It wasn’t important – some of it made us wonder why we had brought it with us. We had given it space on the truck – it cost us money to move it and then we just tossed it. We’ve also come up with enough stuff that we’re having a yard sale this weekend. Absolutely crazy!
I’ve been reading a lot lately about living simpler. There’s something to be said for it! More of my thoughts later…. What are your thoughts? Is less more?