“‘Go big, or go home!’ ‘Upsize,’ ‘supersize…’ ‘Bigger is better.'”
Everywhere we go there are marketing messages to buy bigger, to live bigger and consequently to leave a bigger footprint. An item may come in larger packaging or be ‘party sized,’ but unless you are having a party, the smaller package will do quite nicely. Another package may come with a name to make the excess quantity seem like a bargain, but is it really? Ultimately those larger than life packages need to be put somewhere and I don’t recall ever hearing anyone complain about having too much storage space. Tuck it away, find an unusual storage place and sure enough, you will forget you have it; at least until you purchase another and try to stuff it into the already occupied space.
We live in a 1940’s built home, no linen closets, and the front closet has no door, so stuffing it up to the rafters just isn’t going to work. Just the essentials find a home there, coats (in use), a pair of shoes each and a three shelf cubby for mittens, umbrellas, and the like. There is no need to rifle through that closet, if you can’t see it, it isn’t there.
We live small in other ways too. Look under our beds – you actually can because nothing is stored under them. Our furniture is not ‘oversized’ or ‘over-stuffed.’ I think twice about storing items too – am I ever going to use it? And I ask the same question before even making the purchase. We have a tote, stored under the stairs, designated for donations, when something gets brought in, say an item of clothing, something usually goes into the donation bin. Our vehicle, just the one, is smaller too – and it gets put into our single-vehicle garage!
Some things are better big, laughs and hugs for instance. Big sunrises and glorious sunsets. That is just it though isn’t it, the best things, the best ‘big’ things aren’t really things at all.
I’m not saying it is easy living small in this supersized world, but the rewards can be bigger than you imagined. ‘Go small at home!’