I started downsizing our belongings the minute we started the process for building our new home. The house we lived in was too big for just two people and one needy dog, so we started looking at plans for less floor space. What we came up with was a home where the overall house was bigger, but we would live in less of it.
Let me explain.
Since we got married, The Guy and I have talked about getting a rental property. We have a few good friends who have properties and are really happy with them. Had we thought about this option prior to buying a house, I think we would have chosen differently, but in our situation (our house couldn't be adapted for renting) it meant one of two things: 1) buying a second property, or 2) moving to a different location with a rental option.
Nothing we looked at really fit until earlier this year when The Guy stumbled on a plan layout for a new build that would suit our needs. Ample living space and a full legal 2 bdrm suite in the basement. We will go from living in 2,500 sq ft total to 1,400 sq ft. That meant getting rid of one entire bedroom set, an entire living room set, and a lot of our unnecessary storage (read: my family's stuff!)
When we decided we would sell our house sooner rather than later, we knew we would have to live for about 6 months with bare essentials. I sorted through all our belongings and thought about what I could and could not live without. I planned and packed accordingly.
Now we are in a little rental house that is too adorable for words. We unpacked kitchen essentials, bathroom necessities, clothing musts, and... not a lot else. A few days into the house and I am feeling settled in a way I haven't for awhile. I have what I need and not much more. Yes, there are a few things I have stored I am kicking myself for not bringing with me, but I am learning I can likely make do.
Less really is more.
By the end of 6 months I might feel differently. You may find me in our new house rolling around on all our belongings like Scrooge McDuck.