Downsized and Happy!


The title says it all!  It has been a heck of a ride but we did it!  Now we are beginning to enjoy our new home.  Phone photos are the best way to show our summer. 

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June 8th, 2015, this is the depressing reality of our new outdoor space.

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First splash of primer on the old kitchen walls.

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The kitchen/living room wall comes down.

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Bedroom floor after carpet is removed.

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 Ceiling braced before header beam installed.

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The beam is up…loving the open space!

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Meanwhile, back at the old home, piles of unwanted stuff start accumulating. Our criteria for keeping something:

1. Do we love it?       2. Is it necessary?

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Our first look at the new floors. Wow!

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David removing hinges.

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Rockers relocated from old porch to new porch.

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The painting begins!

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And ends.

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The Escape finds new parking.

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  Our furniture arrives.    Bellhops move us.

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The new fridge arrives….now we can eat!

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Princess moves with us…still looking for her new home.  Sheba, the Siamese, finds perfect loving new owners. Sylvester, the camping cat, adjusts to his new smaller space.

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Small improvement to back yard.

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Woods behind the house.

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Our daily walk.

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David enjoying our first outdoor meal. (Two days ago)

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Before photo…spot for our storage building.

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And now.  It is being built as I type this post.

We will resume camping soon!  Heading to Knoxville next week to get the Andersen WDH and hope to camp a few days before returning home. Rally time will start the end of September!

My goal for this post is to document our summer and to give hope and inspiration to those who are continuing to downsize.  We are living in 3 rooms plus a bath and utility room, less than 975 square feet, and I have never been happier!  There are absolutely NO REGRETS!

Yes, it has been a roller coaster of emotions…picking every object up and asking “do I love this?” But the rewards are huge! 

Good luck to all..go after those dreams!!