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How to downsize with minimal fuss.

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We have recently shifted...phew what a task it is downsizing, and trying to get rid of things you love... 

It all happens in your mind beforehand! 

A fellow school teacher whom I was chatting too at the end of one particular school day, happened to glance at my desk and commented. "Research says your desk is the same as your brain. How you keep your desk and what is on it is very similar to how you keep your mind, and what's in it."

"Oh dear," I thought as I looked at my desk...."There is almost nothing on my desk!" 

I have a minimalist approach to almost everything in life. Everything has a space to live, and nothing need be left out for any reason at all! Everything has a use or purpose and if that use or purpose is no longer valid, it must be thrown out! Believe me, even children and husbands have been threatened with rubbish tip proposals.

So to declutter and down size was exceedingly difficult for me, as I only keep things I absolutely need.

Here is how I did it....


1. In your mind.... have a vision, see....   your new space as comfortable, spacious and peaceful. A place you will enjoy. A place of harmony and contentment. If you build this image in your mind long before the big move, it will be a lot easier to get rid of things you no longer require. If your mind is not walking with you, your hands will keep items you don't want and need. It's all in the mind. Declutter your mind first!

2. Build a picture in your mind of what you want your new space to look like. I began looking at Scandinavian style rooms, months beforehand. I collected photographs, began listing new items to buy and started getting rid of old paraphernalia I would no longer require.

3. Buy a big rubbish tin and put things in it only the day before rubbish day, then you will not be able to get them back out. 

4. Cry lots and say, "I really need you, but you just won't fit in my new home and my new life. I am going on to something new, exciting and different and there will be no place for the old and outdated!"

5. Get your mind to focus on all the extra free time you are now going to have...because

      - It will be easier to find things. 

     - You will not have to maintain, clean and take care of so many "things". 

    - You will save money on heating, gas, and water. Big spaces make big bills and vice versa.

    - You will not have to build such enormous cupboards for those "things" that you might just need one day.  Let me assure you, that day rarely comes. 


Below my pics of the new down sized home. 

I must say..

I do hit my face a lot on the wall as I get out of bed 

and I use a much smaller chopping board, 

and I can't play chasey with the grandkids any longer, 

and I hit my elbow every time I dry myself after showering, 

and I notice the ceiling is almost upon me when lying in bed, 

but, I can talk softly... as I don't have to yell across the large vacant spaces of the room to have a conversation with my husband,

AND I did fit my enormous picture of my church in my house, a feat of amazing human ingenuity!


AND I AM HAPPY! 

My church, with the reflection of the arched windows opposite, quite a nice effect.

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Comments 11

Guest - Mike on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 02:45

Awesome work and love the pics

Awesome work and love the pics
Guest - Elise on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 10:28

Super shots and such lovely spaces!

Super shots and such lovely spaces!
Guest - Wendy Philip on Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:40

Thanks Elise. very kind!

Thanks Elise. very kind!
Guest - Susan on Wednesday, 11 July 2018 07:55

Hey Pends. You always had a talent for turning a sows ear into a silk purse. Beautiful. glad ur happy!

Hey Pends. You always had a talent for turning a sows ear into a silk purse. Beautiful. glad ur happy!
Guest - Wendy philip on Sunday, 15 July 2018 12:54

Thanks Sue ha ha lovely to hear from you!!

Thanks Sue ha ha lovely to hear from you!!
Guest - Kathy on Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:03

Ahh.. Wendy
Always love your style!
And your practical wisdom!

Ahh.. Wendy Always love your style! And your practical wisdom!
Guest - Diana on Thursday, 12 July 2018 13:33

My favourite blog, love the photos. You have such great style Wendy! I may have stolen some ideas from you....sorry, not sorry ?

My favourite blog, love the photos. You have such great style Wendy! I may have stolen some ideas from you....sorry, not sorry ?
Guest - Wendy Philip on Sunday, 15 July 2018 12:53

Thanks so much Diana. Oh well ideas are always to be shared.....

Thanks so much Diana. Oh well ideas are always to be shared.....
Guest - Wendy Philip on Sunday, 15 July 2018 12:55

Oh thats lovely of you to say Thank you very much

Oh thats lovely of you to say Thank you very much
Guest - jmeyersforeman on Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:50

Hi Wendy, it has been a while, I have been busy downsizing, and I had little time or energy for photography or brain power for blogging! I love your new home, it looks open and bright, such an inviting space, you have done a wonderful job. I look forward to seeing more.

Hi Wendy, it has been a while, I have been busy downsizing, and I had little time or energy for photography or brain power for blogging! I love your new home, it looks open and bright, such an inviting space, you have done a wonderful job. I look forward to seeing more.
Guest - Wendy Philip on Monday, 16 July 2018 07:26

Hi Janice lovely to hear from you again. Yes big changes bur good ones.

Hi Janice lovely to hear from you again. Yes big changes bur good ones.
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