Something I never thought I would say is “I have enough”. When I was younger, it was all about ‘stuff’. How much I had, what brands I owned, the latest, the coolest, the most expensive. Oh how things have changed.
I’m grateful for conscious consumerism.
Right now, in my house, there’s probably 1/3 of what we owned and had 2 years ago.
We’ve been consciously downsizing for the last three years, and it’s been eye opening.
I wanted to downsize initially for our move to the Sunshine Coast. At first it was pure logistics- the less we had, the less there was to pack; and that’s always a huge plus in my books.
So we gifted, donated, recycled and disposed of (where possible) furniture, paper, kitchenware, crockery, clothing and shoes.
We left our dining room table and chairs, my big clunky desk, a bbq, bookshelves, a hat rack, kitchenware, and a mirrored dresser, all on our nature strip. Within an hour it was all gone.
And I let it go with love, gifting it to the next person.
An aside – When Paul and I moved into our first house together, over 8 years ago, we had nothing. All of our furniture was gifted to us or bought from our parents homes (Thank you!). We were given whitegoods by friends, or friends of friends and then over the years, started investing in quality, strong (with Paul being 6″6 and with 2 big dogs, you want strong furniture) lounge and bed suites, and top of the line kitchen appliances and whitegoods.
So it was a pleasure to be able to gift more of it back out to other young couples or people who needed it.
I also had a wardrobe filled with vintage clothes- a lifetime of living in Melbourne will render your wardrobe a certain way- that I never wore. Heels, boots, hats, scarves, dresses, bags….all just waiting to be worn. Wanting to be fussed over.
The Sunshine Coast wasn’t a place to fuss. Life is simple there. So, my wardrobe became simpler.
So 12 months ago, I did a huge clean out. I gifted my high quality vintage pieces to charity and gave the rest to local op shops. And anything I hadn’t worn in six months went straight to St Vinnies.
As I got older, and after that move to the Sunshine Coast,I became acutely aware of our immediate surroundings. I saw our ‘stuff’ and acknowledged it.
But ‘stuff’ wasn’t what was making me happy.
And I go back again, to Charlie’s death. What a gift and an awakening she gave us.
We saw through the stuff, and looked on the other side.
I’ve found, with less ‘things’;
Im more relaxed
Im more conscious
I appreciate the smaller things (moments, memories)
And with smaller things, comes bigger happiness.
I am also more purpose-driven, have more space to dream, and freedom! Sounds strange- believe me, I know.
A huge motivating factor for me to downsize, was also our imminent trek around Australia. We can only hold so much in a 4WD and Caravan!
Downsizing has also extended to my pantry and fridge.
‘Buying in bulk’ means no packaging. (And mind you, I don’t even buy ‘bulk’ of anything. I buy the right amount of what I need) and I store my purchases in glass jars and containers, that I can reuse over and over again. Check out The Source– it’s where I get my bulk goods from.
And probably the most significant revelation, was when I was tired, hungry, and really over unpacking. I was standing in my bedroom, mum was cleaning, and I had 8 boxes towering over me, and an empty wardrobe needing to be filled.
As I was unpacking, I was putting away my gorgeous dresses, kimonos, jackets…and all I could think was “WOW. I can’t wait to wear this again!”.
And I’ve never thought that with my clothes before.
It feels like a whole new lease on the things I already own.
I wanted to take this time to share with you some of the blogs and podcasts that I’ve been enjoying, and that have ultimately inspired me to take this really big step.
The Minimalists + The Minimalists Podcast. Skip episode 1 and move on to the others. Their doco is on my watch list!
I hope you find this inspiring!