A few years ago when we embraced the idea of downsizing our life, I put our entire family room ensemble to sell on Craigslist for a steal. Within a few hours it was all gone, the couch we had to have and every single custom-built, specially painted piece! I even gave away our sweet Panasonic television because it was one of the last tube sets and a bear to move. The woman who bought the cabinet really needed the set and could not afford to pay for it, so giving it away just felt right. That evening, sitting in the middle of the vacant room, you would have thought I would have felt a tinge of regret unloading everything for pennies on the dollar. But I felt relief! I felt incredible peace knowing that it was all gone, and we were one step closer to clearing out our house and getting it sold.
We are again in the same boat of doing all we can to sell our house. Months ago we gave away all our living room furniture to a friend so we could stage our house. Unfortunately, this time staging didn’t help, but we still had no desire to get our old furniture back as it just wouldn’t look good in the space.
It’s interesting how initially attached we get to stuff, but even more interesting how detached we become in time to most things. These days most of our valuables are digital assets, with the few exceptions all fitting in a small safe. It is an amazingly freeing feeling knowing that if someone breaks in a takes everything, or our house gets destroyed in a wild twister or fire, that all is well. Our digital assets all are backed up online. The safe is secure and fireproof, and honestly contains nothing that we couldn’t live without. When you realize the most important thing you have in life are your relationships, eliminating stuff is not so hard. And take it from us, it feels so good doing it!