Moving is a stressful time. Even with everything planned to the last detail, it rarely goes as planned. Sometimes, decisions have to be made in the moment. Practicing minimalism doesn’t ensure a stress-free or quick moving experience. However, moving is a great time to examine what you have and what you need.
The previous move for Tracie and I was from a 1000 sq. ft. Apartment down to 650-ish square feet. We purged a lot of excess and we’ve been consistent with the number of things coming into the apartment matching the number of things going out as well as the quality, value and usefulness of those things. 650 square feet can get cramped real quick if you aren’t mindful about what you bring into your space. Moving is a great revealer. It shows what we’ve been making use of and what we’ve hidden away until later. It shows what we don’t want to deal with.
Moving is also revealing to us that as much as minimalism is a part of our daily lives, there is always room for improvement. The space we’re moving into is not much bigger - literally a difference of a few square feet so we don’t gain any significant amount of room. What we do gain is more natural light for ourselves and our plants, a more traditional floor plan and layout and better cell phone reception (we hope, we’re moving up a few floors). We have another day or so before we’re done. In that time we hope to also gain more insight into ourselves and our practice. Check back in a few days as I’ll be posting about what we learned about the process and about ourselves. Have you ever moved to a smaller space before? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments.