So, What Really Happens When You Downsize?

by | Jul 20, 2014 | Wellbeing | 3 comments

Dandelion clocksI think it’s fair to say that prior to embarking on this minimalist journey of ours, Sporty and I had a legion of angels watching over us. I say had, because they’ve probably all been given early retirement now we’re finally on track.

God knows they deserve it.

We drove while under the influence (of more than just tequila), smoked cigarettes (that contained more than just tobacco) and indulged in many a morning coffee (laced with more than just caffeine).

I’m not proud. If I had a do-over I’d make better choices. I’m sure Sporty would too. Fortunately for us though, we came to our senses before things got  too messy.

The turnaround began years ago, but it was slow going. Inch by glacial inch; we made our way towards a healthier lifestyle. One that included more hours in the gym and less time in the bar.

The pace sped up considerably after we sold the majority of our stuff and moved into a furnished apartment that was also a great deal smaller than the house we’d been living in for the past year.

The first thing we noticed about our new lifestyle was that we suddenly had way more time on our hands.

Weirdly, given that idle hands are supposedly the devil’s workshop, we did not immediately return to our errant ways.

After an initial period of arsing about on the couch, watching season after season of Boston Legal, we became bored and restless. Right about here is where you’d think we’d start getting up to mischief, right? Wrong.

In fact, here’s exactly where our personal growth skyrocketed to unprecedented heights. It turns out our minds are naturally curious and creative, and given the time and space, they’ll automatically look for constructive ways to keep busy.

Without a mountain of stuff to distract us, Sporty and I began questioning everything. We considered what we were eating and where it came from. We wondered about the impact we were having on the world. We read more, did courses, looked for ways to be of service.

Suddenly our lives were about so much more than just us, and that felt surprisingly good.

In the six years since we held that mother of all garage sales, we’ve turned our lives around in ways we could not have come close to imagining. It’s been a spectacular journey and as far as I can tell, there’s no end in sight.

If you have old habits that are no longer serving you. If you dream of doing things you know will improve your quality of life, but never seem to find the time to do them. If you know in your heart that there’s more to life than the gray humdrum you’re currently experiencing.

If any or all of these “ifs” apply to you, take it from someone who’s been there. Downsizing is the key that unlocks the secret door you know exists but are too damn busy to find out for sure.

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  1. Debi

    Love this –> “If you have old habits that are no longer serving you. If you dream of doing things you know will improve your quality of life, but never seem to find the time to do them. If you know in your heart that there’s more to life than the gray humdrum you’re currently experiencing.”

    Thanks for the reminder Ang! And I loved Boston Legal too 🙂

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  2. Candace Oducado

    Loving your posts and your Ted talk…I’m so with the downsizing wavelength right now…but my partner is not frugal…nor wishes to be….how do I convince him?

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    • Ang

      Hey Candace. Thanks for the positive feedback, it’s always appreciated! My partner and I are lucky in that we invariably find ourselves on the same page (especially with the big stuff like finances and living arrangements), so I’m not sure how you would entice your guy over to your side of the fence?

      You could start by looking for middle ground. You don’t have to downsize to the extent that we have and likewise, maybe he doesn’t have to buy everything he likes? The other thing is to show him the benefits of this lifestyle. Less stuff means less maintenance and lower overheads, which results in more time for experiences (traveling etc).

      Hope that helps! 🙂

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