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Why we are Down-Sizing. On Purpose.

by Angie on February 26, 2014

Oh my gosh. What is wrong with my blog? Apparently the draft of this post has been live on my blog for a while in weird formatting. Ignore that. Moving on:

angie in the thick of it and her husband

In my last post I began to tell you how/why on earth our family has decided to sell our lovely Single Family Home (which we love and adore) and move into a tiny condo.

By choice.

On purpose.

With peaceful excitement.

Shall we continue?

The Manchild and I have really chewed on the idea of buying/building a tiny, well-planned house over the past year or so. I’ve never really dreamed about living in a house bigger than the one we are currently in. And it only has 1900 finished square feet (+ the unfinished basement). I’d retire in this house and never leave it that were in the cards/felt right for us. So “going bigger” isn’t on my radar. But going smaller? Yeah.

Imagine this: you’ve got a magic eyeball that can see the thoughts in my head: These are the phrases that swirl around in there underneath the gray hair-dyed brown. Sometimes these phrases square dance with each other. Sometimes these words eat chocolate together.

Come see:

“Intentional Living”

“Simplify”

“Debt-Free”

“Experiences Instead of Stuff”

“Choices”

“Liberation from STUFF”

“Cleaning the House all Day vs. Feeling Guilty for NOT Cleaning the House All Day vs. Cleaning the TINY house in 30 Minutes Flat Then Moving on With my Life”

I dunno about you, but those words excite me to no end! They really strike a chord in me and bring me great peace. But these are ideals- thoughts. They are sorta way out there as fun things to put on a motivational poster. But how would somebody go about ACTING ON THEM?

Let me tell you how we took steps forward to act on them:

1.We started looking at properties for sale and very small house plans. This was quite the job. I found a lot of tiny house plans that were “studios” or “one bedrooms” but it was tough to find plans with 2 or 3 bedrooms. See my Pinterest board (it doesn’t have a ton of pins on it, but the pins there will take you to some great resources). I began to research “house building permits” and was completely lost/out of my element. SMALL HOUSE WITH LOFT

2. We also had begun to talk about the possibility of moving overseas as a family at some point in the future. This kind of thought sort of battles against the previous one– Why would we build a custom/unique house, then leave it to move across the globe?

3. And also- We don’t really want to move out of our school zones if we are going to move semi-locally (ie. if we are staying in the DC area, let’s not have to make all new friends and change schools, right?).

4. And there’s the other thing– We have quite a lot of equity in our home and if we sold it, the equity could pay off our debts and we’d be debt free. (My definition of debt free is a bit fuzzy, but let’s not get into details today, k?)

5. In addition: I’d like to say “Yes” more often to good things. To lots of things. Like– if my husband said to me, “Ang, I want to do something different with my life and go be a garbage man. That would be my life’s passion! But the pay stinks.” I’d like to be able to say, “Yes. Fine. Let’s do what you want! Be happy!” I’d like for him to have options and not have a large home/mortgage/school loans/other debts hanging around his bread-winner neck.

I’d like to say “Yes” when my kids beg us to go get a season pass to the local amusement park. I’d like to say “Yes” to parkour summer camp. I’d like to say “Yes” to a family trip to NYC. This isn’t just a financially-driven “YES”. This would be a “Sure. We’ve got time and money and this is a good thing and since we don’t have any debts/obligations/lifestyle-necessitated time constraints that force me to say, “sorry, no”, then I will say “Yeah, let’s do it!”

p.s. I still fully enjoy saying “No” when my kids ask if we can go into the “Candy Palace” at the mall and buy some candy. That just makes me feel good and mean. Kids are better off when they hear a healthy amount of “No’s”, ya know?

So should I tell you how we found THE CONDO and how I know that this is all THE RIGHT THING to do even though most people think we are absolutely crazy and/or must be too poor to afford our house and therefore are down-sizing under duress? I should tell you. And I will! In the next post :-)

p.s. Did I mention we sold our house “by owner” for exactly the price we wanted? Girl, you know I’ll tutor you! Don’t worry. Stay tuned. piano

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kirby March 3, 2014 at 12:58 pm

girl keep us update and sharing this new journey. I find it so interesting and I’m sharing it a lot!!! I want to do this but in GA!!!

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Jennifer March 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Angie- so love this! I’m thinking the same thing for us. I love watching you
Blaze the trail. I’m much slower. I’m excited to watch your journey.Jen

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Meg @ Lip Gloss and Lumber March 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Hi Angie! I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award, you can check it out here: http://lipglossandlumber.blogspot.com/2014/03/liebster-award.html

And, can’t wait to here more about how your move went and all the fun stuff you can now do that you did downsize :)
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mary March 17, 2014 at 7:19 pm

This is great! I would live in a yurt if I could.
Please keep us involved in your story.

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Natalia Corbillón González May 27, 2014 at 7:29 am

Hi Angie!

I just found this entry by accident but I am so happy that I did! I am in quite a similar situation with my husband. I am spanish and he is slovene. We both live in Slovenia, a country of breathtaking landscapes (just google it and you will see). So, we live in the hearth of Europe, where small spaces are more common than big spaces… except in Slovenia. Here they are quite used to big houses (ok, in Europe 200 square meters is a big house, 400 is huge). We were on rent for the last 3 years and now we consider is time to be first owners and start paying for something that will be ours. So… what? We cannot afford a house. Let’s say we probably could but… do we want to be in debt for 30 years like most of our friends? … Actually we don’t! Your words really matched our case. I don’t want to say “no” to the fun and pleasant things just because we are struggeling every month with the loan and bills.
Just this week we found a 2 bedroom appartment of around 80 m2 that just stole our hearth. It is an attic on a 5st floor without elevator and we know it will be a rain of critics because of that, but we cannot wait to move in and to start thinking how to make that space work for us, our baby and future kids sharing bunk beds, and our cat Levi. Smaller but more creative! =)

I am really looking forward to see your new Condo!

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Manu Cornel April 5, 2016 at 6:15 am

I am so happy for you guys, this is so exciting :D
So what happens next?
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