Today an old friend contacted me. She's moving from her family home into a condo making it necessary to reduce the amount of "stuff" she takes along. My friend wanted to know how I managed to do this when my husband and I moved from the city to our cabin in the woods and my reply was, "first decide what you need for your new lifestyle." We've been in the cabin only a year but it already feels natural to live with less. Our space is small, our closet is small. Fewer articles of clothing to store and everything you own is useful and worn regularly. There's not much to dust without all the knick knacks and collectibles lying around. Only the necessities in the kitchen mean your dishes are always washed immediately after breakfast because you need them again for lunch. Our health cabinet contains many bottles of essential oils -- they are so very potent but also very small. No real regrets in our downsized living space.
My grandparents lived with all the clothes they owned stored in a tall wooden box called a chiffarobe. Today many Americans boast about their large walk-in closets and collect antique cedar chiffarobes as memories of days gone by. How did we evolve to need more stuff? Maybe we don't really need all that stuff. It's up to use to determine what we really need to live comfortably rather than the department stores with their glitzy ads on television. Need some encouragement as you work on that closet? Take a look at this piece on capsule wardrobes.
Remember I said no real regrets? Honesty here, I do miss the dozens and dozens of framed family portraits that lined the walls of our more spacious home. But we're in the digital age now so they are still on display. In 5 second increments.
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