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15 Tips for Downsizing Your Living Space

15. Bathrooms should have only what you use each day. In my small bathroom I have one wicker basket I pull out for all makeup, another one for all hair appliances and a drawer for brushes, combs and other essentials. I pull them out when using them and store in my one small cabinet the rest of the time. I know what I like, so I only buy what I need and resist taking samples. (See my article on Feng Shui for Bathrooms)

Having been a major collector of stuff in the past, I now apply the six month rule; if I haven’t used it in the past six months, out it goes. The greatest transformation for me is that I now relish deep-sixing those un-useful items. I am like the Queen of Hearts….”off with their heads!”

The benefit of downsizing is that I can no longer be the un-conscious consumer that I used to be. I keep it simple and spend far less time managing and cleaning all of the stuff in my life. This frees up time, money and energy to do the things that I truly love. I now travel more, go to the opera more and spend oodles more time doing what I love the most: walking on the beach!

Having to make tough choices about what was truly necessary and/or important to me in the material realm, gave me clarity about the extra baggage I was also carrying in terms of the relationships in my life. Now that I think about it, they seem to have magically fallen away along with the excess stuff!

Related:
7 Ways to Curb Your Addiction to Stuff
The Story of Stuff & Why We’re Addicts
10 Tips for Creating a Zero Waste Home

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at www.ericasofrina.com.

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7:58PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Thanks for Sharing.

12:12PM PDT on May 31, 2014

I used to live in a huge space with lots of stuff to dust and decor to re-arrange when younger. Did it because it was what all the neighbors also did to appear prosperous. Now that I've moved out to a more rural atmosphere, there's no longer the pressure to look a certain way, and I found out there were very few things worth dusting regularly, so the on-going process of getting rid of anything other that what is loved, loved, loved! goes on. I could see myself well-able to live in a tiny house one day in the future.

12:17PM PDT on May 30, 2014

Great tips! Thank you for sharing.

5:16PM PST on Jan 20, 2013

excellent tips....thanks

9:57AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Oh, another useful and motivating article from the author. I recently turned 60 and have talked with friends about how we look back on when our lives were simpler and we had more time for ourselves. Then we talk about how much time and energy it takes to manage our 'stuff'. Gee, could there be a connection?

2:05PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Good ideas,thank you.

2:04PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Great ideas!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Had to move to a small apartment and was able to downsize successfully but it can be difficult at times!

7:37AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

I COULD NOT AGREE MORE!

9:45PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

thanx, for the info

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