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7 Ways to Negotiate Downsizing and Create Space
By Tammy Strobel
A lot of friends, family members, and blog readers assume that I was the one to suggest downsizing our lives.
Believe it or not, my husband, Logan was the one who brought up the idea of downsizing. At the time I was working in the investment management industry and was extremely unhappy. I wanted to go back to school and start a new career in the social service sector, but, we were stuck and couldnít figure out why. We felt stuck because we didnít have enough time or money to follow our passions.
When Logan pitched the idea of downsizing we were having a conversation about why we were not going to buy a traditional house. We basically gave up on buying a traditional house because we were having money problems and realized that we could never afford a dream-home in the suburbs. And frankly, we were starting to wonder if we really wanted a traditional house because the interest on the house payment would have been more than our rent.
Logan said, ďWhy donít we try moving into a one bedroom apartment to save money? Then we can use the money saved towards whatever we want, like education for a new career or a house in the future?Ē
With my hands on my hips and a snarky look on my face, I replied: ďWe canít fit into a one bedroom, we have too much stuff. Plus, where am I going to put my parents when they come to visit us. On the couch? I donít think so!Ē
If youíre in a relationship with someone who isnít keen on the idea of downsizing, try some of these ideas:
- Why do you need to keep a particular item?
- Why not try something new?
- Why are you feeling so freaked out by this idea?
No matter how small your accomplishments are, start celebrating them. Take a deep breath and admire the simplicity of your clutter free home. Living in a small space with less stuff is one path to creating space and a very lovely life.
Today Tammy Strobel is a writer, simple living advocate, coffee addict, and tiny house enthusiast. She created her blog, RowdyKittens.com, to share her story of embracing simplicity. Since then, her story has been featured in the New York Times, The Today Show, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, and in a variety of other media outlets. Her blog is www.rowdykittens.com.
Based on the book You Can Buy Happiness (And Itís Cheap). Copyright © 2012 by Tammy Strobel. Reprinted with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA. www.newworldlibrary.com or 800-972-6657.
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