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Old 07-14-2009, 06:18 PM   #1
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Have you ever regretted downsizing your home and belongings? Seemed like a good idea a few months ago, but now, I'm fearful.
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:00 PM   #3
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It's a great idea, so don't be fearful...unless you downsize to a doghouse sized house. The less junk you have the more free you feel I say!
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I'm at 2270 sqft and it's still way too much. I can't wait until the next house at 1100-1500 sqft. The older I get, the less I care about "stuff." Sold about 50 of our belongings for about $2500 on eBay this past winter, don't miss any of it at all. No regrets whatsoever here...
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Have you ever regretted downsizing your home and belongings? Seemed like a good idea a few months ago, but now, I'm fearful.
What, specifically, are you fearful about? Not having enough space? Purging your belongings?

We're currently in a pretty big house, but we have a young family. When the kids are grown and gone, I think I'll be happy to downsize. Something fairly small, with no stairs, sounds about right.
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Have you ever regretted downsizing your home and belongings? Seemed like a good idea a few months ago, but now, I'm fearful.
What kind of regrets do you fear? If you fear that your friends will laugh in your face, just let it slip that you paid cash for your house. This may be common on this board is actually a shocker in the general population.
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My only regret was I didn't do it sooner, it was actually kind of liberating.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:48 PM   #9
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I eagerly await downsizing. We did do it termporarily. 3 years ago we sold our roughly 4100 sq ft house. We then rented a 2500 sq ft house for 6 months (my husband and me, 3 kids and an au pair). We then bought a house that was even larger than the house we sold. I eagerly await the day we can go back to around 2500 sq ft.

Now, 2500 sq ft with 6 people in it was more cramped than I would like but truthfully had it just been DH and me it would have been plenty big enough. The only thing I didnt like (besides it being 2 story but we will get 1 story next time) was that the master bathroom was too small. A lot of it depends on layout.
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Whenever we've moved, the movers have lost about half our belongings. Does that count as downsizing?

We discovered that we would rather have the cash from the insurance, so we stopped buying any "stuff". Some of our relatives have complained that we have nothing in our house. So what.
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You know, now that I think of it, I have never had any regrets about things I once had, but no longer have, for whatever reasons.

There have been times when I had to live in a place that was too small for my possessions. Now THAT is no fun. Nobody wants to trip over stuff all the time and have no closet space or other places to put things. My mistake was not downsizing my possessions to fit the living quarters. The downsizing has to be proportional.
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1100 sq ft - plenty of room to clutter with stuff.

heh heh heh - of course a heated garage with a rusty old pickup to putter with would be nice?? Should never have given away my 94 GMC Sonoma.
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We went from 4 BR home to 2 BR townhome that was half the size, and have never regretted.

The main thing it did for us was free up time.
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Right now living in Thailand, my current regret is that I still haven't gotten out of the habit of LBYM using low COL Thai standards but I am working hard on improving it.
If I don't watch out, I may die a filthy rich man if I continue to live (and die) in Thailand.
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George Carlin puts "your stuff" in the right perspective
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George Carlin puts "your stuff" in the right perspective
I love it!! He is absolutely right. It's all about "stuff".
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Sure I have some regrets. It is a huge and complex life decision with downsides as well as upsides. I wish that I had advice to give, but the only thing I can offer is an honest appraisal of my own experience.

My self-image was all tide up in pursuing the upper-middle class dream, and breaking away from that was very difficult and emotional. However, downsizing was a very liberating experience, and I am convinced it was the right path for us.

At the same time, I am pretty sure that radical downsizing and early retirement is not right for everybody. I wish there were some online quiz that folks could take: "Is downsizing right for me?", but there isn't. Some soul searching, and maybe even some agonizing, is probably necessary.
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I love it!! He is absolutely right. It's all about "stuff".
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For us, downsizing simplified our lives, lowered the stress level and brought our ER date much closer. What's not to like?
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