By Amy Bennett | September 26, 2018
I have been downsizing, and I must admit, it feels wonderful. I sold my four-bedroom house with a basement. Yay! There was no reason to have that much room or that much stuff. My son was out of college and living out of state. I had spent years and years buying and “inheriting” stuff, but at some point, I realized that I didn’t want that much stuff.
Now, I didn’t go from a typical suburban house to a real tiny house—that’s just crazy to me. When I see those tiny house shows on TV, I get sucked in. Can two adults and two children actually live their lives in 500 square feet and still like each other? I don’t get it. I get claustrophobic just looking at the bedroom lofts in those tiny homes. The numbers that I’ve seen say that only 1 percent of the population lives in a house that’s considered to be tiny—1,000 square feet or less; the average home size in the US is somewhere around 2,500 square feet.
Anyway, downsizing forces you to declutter, and that’s something that wasn’t easy. Why?
I’ve also been downsizing at work. This summer, our whole department moved and our new offices are much smaller. It was quite the project for us all to purge. I decided that if I hadn’t looked at it for the past year or two, I was going to put it in the recycle bin. Is anyone really going to ask me about a project that I worked on 17 years ago or question my revenue budget rationale from 2005? Doubtful.
So, what’s the upside to downsizing and decluttering?
For online students, having a clutter-free work space is crucial.
Author and guru of decluttering and organization, Peter Walsh, says it best:
“What I know for sure is that when you declutter—whether it’s in your home, your head, or your heart—it is astounding what will flow into that space that will enrich you, your life, and your family.”
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