We will be transitioning to a downsized urban living on this high rise in downtown Calgary for the next several months.
It is our temporary transition - testing the waters for a downsized urban living. And, it is also a true moment of self-reflection - of finding out what is important in our lives, what is meaningful, the things we want to keep, what we don't, and things to do with our added free time. No driveways to shovel, no yard to maintain, nothing to mow, no big expanse of space to clean (and clutter with all the things we accumulate through the years). Am sure there will be process to this madness, if you want to call it that way.
Our first step to decluttering was a hard one. There are many reasons why we keep things, either out of necessity or of sentimental reasons, or, it maybe part of growing a family. However, with the kids now moved out, this could be a new beginning. In this age of plenty, at this stage of our lives, it is surprising what our thought-process has become. The reality of coming to terms of what is absolute necessity and what is not, is actually harder than you think. But there comes a point in our lives, we just need to let things go. We lose something to gain something else.
We started selling off stuff 4 years ago. A vey long process. Then the culmination? The greatest freedom we've ever had was when we managed to pack all our left-over things in 2 30-footer storage units. Yes, two! Really? You'd ask! That's when you realize, we are still quite ways to become a minimalist! But then again, this is a process, right? This is indeed a lifestyle change! So, one baby-step at a time.
One baby-step at a time. We've executed our first step to a minimalist lifestyle - compressing everything you have into a handful items you can absolute pack into a small space while exercising a big degree of freedom void of encumberance. And we will get there eventually.
One little step to freedom...
"We don't like heights but that's no big deal of a compromise for such a view from up here!"
Calgary Tower, Calgary SaddleDome