Posts Tagged ‘downsizing’

It’s official, I own too much stuff

The pile of stuff in our walk-in closet in the bedroom is officially taller than I am. I have four shoe racks at home and a shoe drawer at work but suddenly I’m out of space for my shoes. I own six watches (I only wear two). If we’re going to fit into an 880 square foot apartment, something is going to have to change.

Time to throw things out! (or recycle). I’m going to try to rid myself of one object every day, for a total of 365 things in the next year.

The big challenge is to do this in an environmentally friendly way. So far I’ve found the www.earth911.com website’s search tool for recycling centers. You can enter your zip code and then the type of thing you want to recycle and it gives you a list of places that accept those items for recycling.

I honed my hoarding skills on my shoe collection. I’ll focus on those this week.  How much trouble am I in? Let’s guess…

The number is going to be scary. So once I decide which ones are going:

learning to live smaller, cheaper, leaner, and greener

One of our first “reality bites”  moments of living smaller, cheaper, leaner, and greener came when we started to go house hunting back in April. We quickly discovered that in the DC area there are five big problems with finding a home to buy:

Problem 1: houses start at half a million.

Problem 2:  houses that are a half million dollars are generally falling apart and need lots of money and resource-intensive repairs.

Problem 3: even two bed/two bath condos don’t seem to get much bigger than 1,000 square feet before they start to cost more than houses or are two hours outside of town.

Problem 4: trying to pack two bedrooms and two bathrooms into less than 1,000 square feet = super tiny rooms.

Problem 5: you’re stuck with your building manager’s choice of energy sources when you live in a condo, and putting solar panels on a house (if you can afford the house) can cost upwards of $20,000.

This all wouldn’t be too much of a problem except that when we lived apart we had a total of 2,100 square feet of living space and all of the stuff we bought to go with those 2,100 square feet of living space.  That’s added up to a lot of financial and environmental damage over the years.

If we want our own place, we’ve got a lot to do! I’m super late getting on the blogging bandwagon, but here goes.  This blog is my little place to share and get ideas on ways to have less stuff, live more cheaply, live a bit more green, and have fun along the way.