A friend said she was finding it hard to visualize moving to a smaller place. I had been talking about moving to a smaller condo here in Oregon as soon as real estate takes a turns for the better. She thought she could not imagine how I would ever part with all my beautiful things. I remember feeling puzzled...what "things" was she talking about? Was it the furniture or the glassware or the bedstead? What did she see of mine that was so precious? The fact is we would never continue to live in a place that did not fit our lifestyle or even worse cause a burden or problem for my children? I know she would make the same decision if she saw the need.
This is what I mean by the attitude adjustment. Truly, I have never been a hoarder of personal possessions and I don't feel validated by the fact that I have this or that. We are still using things from my mother's and grandmother's house for heavens sake. Our generation are the original founders of the reuse, reduce, recycle movement. We have been married for 50 years! I give things to my children with no string attached and they are free to burn them if they see fit. I truly don't care. I would never keep a broken or chipped item just because it has a memory. Stuff is stuff! But I do think that a lot of retirees that need to down size face the problem of letting go of their past. My husband and I are very lucky in that we are willing to visit books at the library, have never invested a great deal in our furniture and keep our memories in the picture box not the cupboard.
|Yard sale chairs, dining set 45 yrs. old, lamp shade from Antropology sale table, mirror was my grandmothers, curtains 10 years old...just for a start! Finding these things was a lot more fun than having them...that dining set is a bear to dust!|
|Crate and Barrel Vase...perfect for a small terrarium! Anton Vase $16.95|
|My plants under glass!|
So living small, simply and with the right attitude can be a beautiful, stylish way of living. All we need to do is readjust our attitude to fit the space. Check out Re-nest and Apartment Therapy for more ideas. I think you will find them as inspiring as I do.
Have a wonderful day.
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