DOWNSIZING OUR LIFESTYLE AND ACCIDENTALLY FINDING FREEDOM
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How to downsize is a big question without an easy answer. If you’ve missed how we downsized, you might want to catch up here. Basically, I gave God my anything after reading this book and through a series of events we downsized our house and lifestyle. It had a lot of effects on us that we never even considered before we started.
Now, that first year after buying our first foreclosure was so hard. But, then something pretty amazing happened.
AFTER WE WERE DONE REMODELING OUR HOUSE:
1. We finally have breathing room in our budget.
Because we don’t have a mortgage, we’ve been able to go on several trips a year. That’s something we had never been able to do. In one year alone we were able to go to the Bahamas as a couple, my son and I went to Guatemala (to visit family), my kids went to Mexico with my parents (to visit more family), we went to see the Daytona 500 for a long weekend, we went to New York City for a long weekend, and spent a week in New York in the Adirondack Mountains. Usually we’d only take one vacation a year if at all.
2. Cleaning is a breeze.
The house is practically half the size of our old house. It takes no time at all to get it clean! Less bathrooms, less rooms, less furniture. You get the picture. It’s a case of less is more!
3. Waste less money.
I evaluate every purchase I make. When you don’t have a lot of room to store things, you have to make sure it’s necessary!
4. My kids see the value in choices.
So many said that downsizing and moving so much would ruin our kids. I was afraid we’d ruin our kids! Uprooting them from the only neighborhood and friends they had ever known was a scary decision. Thankfully, although they do miss having friends close by, with homeschooling they still get to see the majority of their friends on a regular basis. That one worked out ok. They see the value of debt-free living. I do have one super sentimental child who still reminisces about our old house. We talk about it and then we talk about all the blessings we have now. Sometimes it’s the exact same conversation we’ve already had, but that’s ok. It just means that we still miss the same things and often even get to talk about new blessings.
5. I’ve barely missed a thing we got rid of.
So, in downsizing, naturally we had to get rid of things. A LOT OF THINGS. I was so afraid that I’d donate something and regret it. Guess what? There have been only two things that I’ve had to buy that I got rid of. Both are kind of pretty random. One thing was paper. I got rid of all my scrapbooking stuff and I needed paper for a project in our homeschooling group. I had to spend $1.15 to get more. Another time, I was in charge of doing a craft at our homeschooling group and had to buy a 1″ circular hole punch which I had already, but donated. So, that cost about $10. That’s it.
Pretty amazing, huh?
Well, that sums up the start of our downsized lifestyle. If you’re thinking about living a more minimalist lifestyle, consider starting with all of your stuff. But, even more importantly, give God your “anything” and see where it leads you! The only thing I know and can promise is that it will be an adventure!
If you’re curious about the book “Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul” by Jennie Allen, you can purchase it here.
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