Jennifer lives in Texas, but she’s not convinced that everything in Texas needs to be bigger. She and her husband downsized their possessions and their home. Her family members were concerned and asked if she needed to borrow money! Her parents took her out to eat more often. Even her friends wondered what was going on.
She felt like she had finally come to her senses.
Jennifer shares her story:
When my husband and I got married we were ‘TINK’s (two incomes, no kids) so of course, we bought the biggest, showiest two-story monstrosity that we could find in a semi-affluent area of the metroplex. We really thought we had it made!
Five not-so-short years later, our first son was born as a 30-week preemie. We spent 8 torturous weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and at that point our heads were finally screwed on straight! Immediately after we got into a “normal” life, we started looking for smaller houses, much smaller.
We had finally seen the light.
We gave away, sold, donated, freecycled, and tossed over 70% of our possessions. (You know the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time you only use 20% of your clothes, kitchen gadgets, etc, etc — well we got rid of the 80% we only used 20% of the time!)
We found a house over 800 square feet smaller than our starter house, and we found that a good layout on a smaller house is better for everyone.
It’s a new way to think, but we are so blessed to have a comfortable home, more than enough stuff, and to have freed up a large portion of our income so we can turn our attention outward.
Our utility bills dropped more than 40%, our mortgage lowered by 35%, and though there’s no way to measure it, I’ll go out on a limb and estimate our happiness quotient went UP by at least 30%!
We’re about to enter a season when a lot of emphasis is on decorating the home and adding more. Let’s enjoy it, but not forget what truly matters to us, ok?