Monday, January 7, 2013

household changes

Downsizing Inspiration
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I've got the itch. The weirdest itch I've ever had...

I bet you thought this was about to get weird huh? lol Don't worry, it's not.

I've got an itch to downsize. Belongs, house square footage, city size. You name it. When we first moved near DC we had 7 days to find an affordable and mildly convenient house. Somehow that landed us in a 3-story 1,800 sq. ft town home. I had no idea what I was getting myself into but this place has not only been way too big for two people but it has turned out to be far more out of the way than I expected.

James and I have already taken the first step in downsizing by choosing a smaller place to live next. Although it is a bit more expensive to live closer to the city even in a smaller, 700 sq. ft. apartment but I know that our quality of life will definitely improve. Luckily we have had the time to properly plan our move so we can actually do the downsizing we've been talking about since our first move together in 2011.

With that being said, we've got a ton of work to do to make some big plans for our new place come true. I have no doubt that my eyes are big than my stomach, so to speak... but I can't wait to see it come together. I definitely don't want to live out of boxes for the first 6 months again so I plan to actually make some roots and taking the time to decorate.

Have you had any experience downsizing? Any great tips on apartment living (it will be our first time!)?



  1. In my move, I actually upsized (is that a word? Chrome is telling me it isn't..). I went from living in my parents house to my one bedroom + office.
    However, I've always told myself if I (personally, as a single girl) ever need to move to a bigger place (currently @ 800sq ft), I need to start throwing things away!

    carelessly graceful

    1. Upsized is totally a word! Yea, as a single girl I definitely wouldn't have wanted to hold on to more than 800 sq ft worth of stuff. Right now as a couple we don't have 1,800 sq ft worth of stuff but we do have more than 700.


  2. Oh man, I am having the opposite problem now. I'm currently in a small studio and am craving nothing more than a bigger space!

  3. I know what you mean, our house is 1800 sq feet and I feel like we have too much clutter. I think the bigger the home the more stuff you end up with. I am going to try to organize this year and really throw away a bunch of stuff.