Tiny Living

When BME and I were preparing to move west, we discussed how we wanted to live and various goals.  We both have debt we want to pay down, are attracted to a more downsized (hopefully one day minimal) lifestyle, and are in general, simply tired of clutter.  We also agreed that we prefer to spend money on “doing” things rather than “owning” things (and especially more than “owing” things).  We decided that moving west could be a “reset” and we could start to live in a more downsized manner.

So we packed up our two story row house with a finished basement and made numerous trips to Goodwill.  We dropped off trash bag after trash bag of clothes, kitchen utensils, and books; we gave away many of our appliances to friends and Purple Heart; and made it a goal to use only one small moving POD for larger items: our cherished dining room table, bed and skis.  Everything else had to fit in our GTI and Yakima skybox.

This of course led to a feverish tossing of items the morning we were supposed to leave.  (And a somewhat hungover tossing: we left the day after I finished the bar and had met a large group of close friends for crabs and drinks the night before.  It was such an amazing time — I only had 2 crabs I was so busy fitting in as much quality time with people as possible!)  Fortunately, many of our neighbors were willing to take random items off our hands so we didn’t feel too bad about not planning & donating these items.  Finally, we had everything packed! We were ready to go! And then the skybox locks, yes both sides, broke. In the locked position. 😐  So we started our trip across the country at REI, where we were grandfathered in to their old return policy, and got a brand new Thule skybox for next to nothing!  We repacked it and FINALLY, WE WERE ACTUALLY OFF!

A week later, we finished a 10-hour driving stretch and arrived at our new apartment, all 700-squarefeet of it (it’s amazing in comparison to our old, way too big for just us row house!).  For the last month, we have been creative in figuring out where larger items go and got rid of even more.  And we absolutely love it.  What do you guys think of our creativity?

With skis like these, who needs art?
With skis like these, who needs art?
Much better than standing on the floor, leaning against the wall
Much better than standing on the floor, leaning against the wall
A little messy because there is a lot, but much better than strewn around on hangers!
A little messy because there is a lot, but much better than necklaces strewn around on hangers!
Close up of my jewelry organizer -- enough space for my scarves even!
Close up of my jewelry organizer — enough space for my scarves even!
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