When I retired I started renting a 3BR home from my family. Nice place, familiar neighborhood, pretty safe area. Definitely too big for me but the fam like that they can store some things here if they need to; it’s a win/win.
For a while my place here was a mess from my old place in Jacksonville where I had a fully furnished 3BR, 2Bth much larger home. It took me a while to declutter and purge all the crap that I honestly didn’t need. I gave away a lot of things. But honestly, I didn’t miss or need anything I got rid of. For the longest time I thought most of my belongings would give people a better idea as to who and what I was- the dishes are from Japan, wall art from all over the world, my framed French quarter mantle picture….
I know, I know; and to think I’ve read fight club at least 4-5 times. I don’t need things to show people who I am, I’d rather share that info about me with people that I choose to let into my little world. Things don’t define us; our actions, thoughts, opinions, experiences- those things define us.
For a while I thought about moving into a smaller place, but then thought, “Why not turn each room I use into a tiny home”. My bedroom now only houses a bed, nightstand and the clock and white noise machine atop it. The closet holds some shirts and a jacket. The computer room has, well….a computer and shirts in the closet. The dresser has some jeans, pants and exercise stuff.
Currently I’m removing things from my living room and decluttering what I don’t need from it. I’m not going crazy about getting it done either. At the moment I’m going through my books to send off to a donation center and I have one box that I’ll fill with junk. The junk box will offered to family and friends to take what they may want. What doesn’t go will be trashed. I plan on having my living room “tiny home ready” by New Years.
Honestly, the more I clear away all the things I’ve accumulated over the years, the better I feel. What I’ve kept are things that mean something to me. And I feel no need to replace anything. Instead when I see something new I find myself asking, “Do I really need that?” Most of the time the answer is no, it’s more of a want than a need. In the long run, it translates into me spending less money, and that’s always a good thing.
Yup, I can’t wait to see how the tiny house looks when it’s finished. Sorry for the delay in updating the site, I’m retired dammit.