I have long considered myself to be a minimalist. As the movement has grown, I’ve enjoyed reading about the many personal journeys to minimalism. I’ve kept my home, my desk, my car clutter-free and pared down the stuff we have in our home. I made it one of my resolutions this year. I planned to sell our townhouse and move into a small condo. I really thought I was on my own personal journey towards full-fledged minimalism.
But something was holding me back. Part of it, which I’ve heard others echo, is that I’m way too into being prepared to get rid of all the things. I like to have “exactly what I need” to take care of a problem. I like to have choices in what I wear. I appreciate the right-sized pot or pan to prepare a meal. I’m glad we have room to entertain and a separate space for working at home.
Over at Our Next Life, I read about a concept called “right-sizing” your life. They discuss their choice to live simply but to still have enough space for themselves, their books, and the things they need to truly enjoy their lives. This has resonated strongly with me and I’ve been thinking about it all week. I’m a little bit embarrassed about the choice Jack and I have made to move to an even larger space than we are currently in. I discussed the reasons for this choice in detail here, and I feel like this is the best decision for us right now, but I’m still very self-conscious of it.
Considering it from the perspective of right-sizing our lives helps me to further understand that this move is the right thing for us, at this moment in our lives. Yes, it’s much more room than we could ever need, but we couldn’t find the other things we wanted (proximity to family, room to store a boat, a basement, amazing light) in a smaller house in our price range. We aren’t going to lose our minds and abandon our desire for less clutter, or to decide we’d rather buy stuff instead of having meaningful adventures. This move is just getting us closer to a lot of those adventures. (And giving us the space to host our friends and families without being on top of each other or worrying about sleep schedules.)
Our goal is to continue working on conscious consumerism. We’re not trying to impress anyone. We have been guilty of this in the past, and we’ve learned from it. We’ll only be buying things that contribute to our happiness. I think this house is going to be one of those things.