Originally Posted by norfla71
…We just need to bite the bullet and learn to live without all that excess stuff we've grown used to over the years.
Living small is living small, no matter where you do it. If you can do it in one environment, you can do it in others. The inability of some people to downsize from a 2,000 square foot home to a 200 square foot RV is one reason why 5th wheels and Class As just keep getting larger and larger. They don't downsize in stages, but rather all at once, and it overwhelms them.
The thing about stuff is, it always
expands to fill whatever space is available for it. It's simple physics, the Boyle's Law of stuff.
I've developed a trick, cadged from other sources, to downsize my accumulation of stuff. It's the right-to-left rule:
Clothes - Every time you wash clothes, always hang the clean clothes on the right-hand side of your closet, on the very end. Eventually, the left-hand side will have nothing but clothes you don't wear. At whatever interval you decide upon, whether monthly, quarterly, annually, whatever, get rid of anything on the left-hand side that you haven't used at all in that interval. I can virtually guarantee there will be something you haven't used on the left-hand side.
Books - Same thing, when you read a book, put it back on the right-hand side of the bookshelf, and slide everything else to the left. Soon the left-hand side will have nothing but books you don't read, all ready to be discarded.
The same trick works for videos, shoes, just about anything that you have more than one of.