It's interesting how things in my life align just when I need them to. I'm getting ready to sell my condo in a few months. Although I've only lived here for a little over two years, there is a lot of stuff crammed into our 970 sq. ft home.
My fiance's mom told me about this book a few weeks ago: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing I quickly listened to the entire book and got to work tidying my own life. I really love cleaning and organizing things. This book is interesting because instead of organizing one room at a time you organize by category starting with clothes, books, papers and so on. I've only done my clothes so far and I've gotten rid of 3 large black garbage bags full of clothes and two brown paper shopping bags full of shoes. Not only do I have less yucky clothes that I don't like, but it's easier to get dressed in the morning and the items that are left behind are my true style.
Here is my closet after the purge and tidying
The thing that really resonated with me about this book is you only keep the items that bring you joy. Wait. What? (Mind blown.) It's such a simple concept, but as someone who struggles with over shopping and then spending a lot of time returning or purging my belongings this feels so right and simple.
I live in Redwood City, CA (near San Francisco) which is a very expensive place to live and space comes at a premium. Just to give you an idea: a one bedroom apartment can run you about $3,000 a month in rent, and to buy any free-standing house (even a total fixer upper) it's going to run you around $800,000 to a cool million to call that place home. Insane, I know. So when things are that expansive, you have to think about space and really use and love the space that you have.
I've also been reading books and watching documentaries on Netflix about tiny houses. The thought that we can all live on less then we have and own fewer belongings then we have intrigues me. I'm also drawn to articles about people that live ling-term in RVs. I think all the convertible and dual purpose space in RVs and tIny houses is really neat to me. I also think that we can take a lot of that learning here in the Bay Area (or really anywhere) and utilize the space we have.
I think life is about experiences and not about making more money to buy a bigger house to fill with junk that you don't really love. I plan on only bringing the items that bring me joy into my next home. Creating more space for my relationship, friends and family and spending less time buying junk that I don't really love or need.