In 2010 I downsized. I went from a house that was continually added onto until it was almost 6,000 square feet to a house that is 1,488 square feet. Initially I didn’t care. I just wanted to get off that mountain and moved back to Los Angeles, right in the heart of Los Angeles, right where I always wanted to be. Four years later…. and I am still happy to have shed that almost 3,512 square feet. My kids will tell you they miss their rooms that were four times the size of theirs now. My daughter misses her walk in closet….. now she shares one with her brother and half of the coat closet by the front door. Heck, I’ll admit I miss my walk in closet. I had one custom designed myself with 50 custom shoe cubbies. My closet even had a couch in it. Its close to the size of my bedroom now. My daughter had nine years in the big house and she has had four years here. I think I would win the bet that declared that I have seen her more in these four years than I did with her in those nine years, and that of course included her baby years. In the big house everyone had their own space and they hid. We all watched way too much TV. We spent too much time with out the family. We would go up on that mountain, find our corner and zone out. Plus, we had so much stuff and so many places to put new stuff, we were drowning in stuff. We NEVER threw anything away. These past four years we really have engaged in life and each other. WE CAN NOT HIDE! Now sometimes it’s a bad thing, but most of the time it is a blessing. The stuff? We don’t have a lot. We just don’t have room. Stuff constantly has to be gone through. We don’t have a basement, or attic and the garage is not an option. It is very freeing. It is much less stressful.
The cleaning…… I would spend hours… days cleaning the big house. It was never ending. Now in this house… well I hardly ever clean. I just don’t feel a need to. I try to keep everything put away. If I have a party it can be cleaned in 3 hours max. No carpets, no big furniture to dust. If I just spent 30 minutes a day tidying it would be immaculate…. But I dont do that… but I could! I love my house. I love my little garden, I love my life. I love living where I live. I love seeing my kids ALL the time. Downsizing was a gift I gave to myself.