Tiny is good

In my post ‘an end to downsizing‘, I concluded with the following –

With 1 week to go, the house is nearly completely empty.  By Thursday, the last item to be placed in the PODS container will be the one and only remaining mattress.  For the past 2 weeks it has been on the floor in the master bedroom for us to sleep on.  After Thursday once the PODS container is picked up, I guess we will be sleeping on the floor.  Friday we plan to bring the 5th wheel back home and park it in our next door neighbor’s driveway.  They will be out of town this next weekend and are allowing us to park the 5th wheel there.  We will load the 5th wheel with the remaining items from the house and be ready to leave promptly on Tuesday of next week once house closing papers are signed.

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With 1 week to go, a year’s effort of downsizing is coming to an end.  This chapter that Gary and I have experienced for quite some time is coming to an end.  And the next chapter soon will begin.

In today’s post, I begin with the following –

The next chapter is here and we are living in it now.

Over 2 months ago, Gary and I completed downsizing, selling a house and moving to our current location here in Pensacola, Florida.  Since all these activities took place we have lived in our 5th wheel with minimal belongings and minimal space.  You know what?  We absolutely love it!

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We do not miss the big 3,800 sq. ft. house with the yard maintenance and we do not miss all the stuff we had accumulated over the years.  The big house and all that stuff belongs to someone else now and we could not be happier about that.  Gary and I wanted and more importantly needed to rid ourselves of those belongings that weighed us down and prevented us from moving forward with our lives.

The moving forward with our lives includes adventures across the United States and other places which at this time is on hold due to my medical care.  Like an anchor that prevents a ship from drifting due to wind or current – our previous house and belongings were having the same effect.  But, the moving forward, the selling of the home and now having less stuff is freedom.  Freedom to go with the flow and wherever the wind takes us.

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We have no regrets for moving and letting go of belongings and we are happier because of it.

Less stuff is good and tiny is good.

45 thoughts on “Tiny is good

  1. Its amazing isn’t it? All that stuff, all that decluttering, turning out, sorting and considering. Now you have a tiny home with everything you need and you are free from the drudgery of maintaining that huge house and the pool and the yard. And you can get on with being, appreciating, not being distracted with things you have to do but don’t necessarily want to do. I’m delighted for you both that it has worked so well. The wide world beckons ….

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      • Terry I RAN a 5k race on Sunday in my brace. Slowly (about 7 minutes slower than the last one I did just before the accident) but it made me SO happy. I had another MRI yesterday and will see the specialist on Monday to decide whether I need surgery on the ankle. I think it is slowly improving – I can lift the foot a tiny bit when sitting now. I have faith in something (my bluddy mindedness probably) and my husband, like yours, is so patient and kind that it calls me on to get it better. How are you, more importantly? I hope your days are warm and sunny and that you are getting strength from your rest week 😊

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    • We are very happy without it all and it is freeing for us. We want to travel, but that will have to wait – and that is a little frustrating. Thanks Sarah, have a wonderful Thursday. 🙂

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  2. Terry I am so pleased you are happy with the move and the decisions that you made. There is nothing wrong with going smaller, and getting rid of ‘the stuff’,that is when one realizes what is necessary and what is not. As I am sure you know, there is always some sort of maintaining, and I doubt you will be missing that for awhile 🙂 . Enjoy your little home and your little venture. I am so happy for you, Gary and Roxy. Take care and hope all is well with you, and that the sun is shining:-) x

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  3. I do envy you… Freedom. I have been looking for it for so long; I envy you in a nice way. I am trapped and feel emotionally held hostage. I am thankful for the “pen friend” side of the net which allowed me to meet brave people like you. I sir, bow with respect, in front of thee! 🙂

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    • Thank you Franck for your kindness toward me. I hope someday you can find that freedom and I to am thankful for connecting with friends such as yourself. I hope your week is going well and always appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

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  4. James and I can’t wait until we can downsize! And you actually inspired me a couple of months ago to start purging unnecessary rubbish! It’s going to be a process, a looooonnnggg process, but it’ll be totally worth it!! Glad you’re enjoying your new space!

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  5. Before we got married and had a kid, hubby and I quit our jobs, put all our belongings in storage, bought a teeny 17-foot Class C RV, and explored the US of A and beyond (including Nova Scotia and British Columbia) for 6 months before we settled all the way from Florida to here in Bend, OR. That was in 1993. We never left we love it here so much!!! I know you love the smaller lifestyle, it is certainly doable from experience!!!

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    • Kathryn, the smaller lifestyle is doable and very freeing. Our intention is to explore the US, but my health is preventing that at this time – someday it will happen. Thanks for stopping by – Happy Friday! 🙂

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  6. Great encouragement for me to keep moving forward. I am radically downsizing to prepare for life in a tiny house in the next year or so and am finding parts of the process harder than I thought! Today I blogged about the 5 boxes of loose photographs ….what do you do with those?! Happy travels.

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    • Hillary, I packed my photos in a box for my kids to take tome day. I did find other photographs that I felt were no longer needed and threw them away – it was difficult but now months later I have no regrets. Downsizing can certainly be difficult but later you will be a better person as a result of it. Good luck with your future tiny living. Thanks for stopping by – I truly appreciate it. 🙂

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