We are (finally) biting the bullet and downsizing! I began A Breath of Simplicity a few months after we moved into our 3500 square foot home. At the time, a bigger home seemed like a natural step for our family but soon after we settled into our new home, I stumbled upon the world of simple living.
I’ve come a long way since then…
I’ve decluttered our home (several times) and I am no longer a slave to impulsive shopping habits. I used to shop because it felt good and I would purchase things that I thought would look good in my home.
Now when I purchase something I always ask myself this one question: Where will this item live in my home and will it contribute to clutter?
Over the last year I’ve developed an obsessive repulsion to irrelevant clutter. I can’t help but wonder if this a phenomenon shared by those who embrace simple living? Then again, it’s just as likely to be an extension of my OCD tendencies in general. ;)
The truth is, our home has been a source of irritation (it’s really hard to keep a big house tidy and clutter-free) but mostly it has been a down right contradiction to my journey in simple living.
I am embarrassed to tell our friends that I have started a blog on simplicity. I feel like a hypocrite. Most of our friends own simpler homes than us!
Given the circumstances you can understand how significant it is to my life (and conscious!) that we have sold our home. It took several months to convince my hubby that it was the right thing to do. And the kids…well, they’ve yet to come to terms with it.
Our new home is half the size of our current home but when it comes to location – it is right bang in the center of my dream neighbourhood! It is all about location, location, location.
Did I mention I love the location?
The local plaza is home to every convenience that matters, including a COBS. If you don’t know about COBS, it’s a bakery that produces a variety of delicious breads that are preservative, additive and sugar free. This in itself is amazing (believe me, I have searched high and low for preservative-free bread) but even better is how at the end of each day, COBS donates all the left over bread to several local charities.
There’s also a year round Farmer’s Market a short 5 minute drive away so I can finally give a 100% to switching to organic, natural foods – something I’ve been struggling to achieve over the last few months. I’m really looking forward to getting to know the local farmers and all the goodies they have to offer.
And it gets better.
Public transport is now a viable option. I no longer have to drive my older girls everywhere they need to go – they can walk, bike or take the bus!
We move in 3 weeks and I have yet to do some BIG TIME de-cluttering. Our new smaller home simply cannot fit all our stuff. Wish me luck, I’m going to need it!