So it’s been about 20 months since we ditched the big house on the cul de sac, got rid of half of everything we owned, including almost all my craft supplies, and moved to a smaller home.
We had a lot of expectations. Here are how some of them worked out.
1. We wouldn't have enough space. Wrong.
The rooms themselves are small, but we have two bedrooms that are essentially unused. Need to convert one of them to something else. We could use more closets and I miss not having enough space to have a big party. Otherwise, a perfect fit.
2. I could craft with one or two boxes of supplies. BWAHHH.
But my stash is about 10% of its former warehouse proportions.
3. We’d spend less. Absolutely.
I wondered if we’d spend more in the long run because we do not stock up when something is on sale or buy in bulk, but apparently buying for an inventory is costly. Our utility bills are much less. We have only have one car. My craft spending is dramatically lower.
4. The paper in our house would be under control. No.
Come home from work too tired to keep it under control. A work in progress.
5. We’d dine like sophisticated folks. No way.
With just 2 of us, and no picky kid or mom, I imagined beautiful little plates of interesting olives, cheese and fresh bread topped with unsalted butter. Add a gently tossed salad with a splash of olive oil and fresh lemon, paper thin shaved Parmesan cheese from the hills of Italy, and topped with a sprig of some organic herb. Jazz in the background. Chilled white wine.
Same old boring food. Sometimes jazz is in the background, but neither of us drinks wine, so why was that ever part of the fantasy?
6. We’d see more people. YES YES YES.
Just looking out our window is fun. Construction and a ton of folks just walking by. We stroll over to the neighborhood frequently – watched one of the US soccer matches outdoors with hundreds of like minded fans last week and had a blast. We see people, a fascinating diversity of people from all over the world, all the time.
7. We wouldn't drive as much. Yes.
Most weekends our car sits in the garage except for an occasional errand and to put in gas. We spend about $20 a week on gas. Sweet.
8. We’d have more free time because of no lawn or snow responsibilities. Yes, Mike does....
9. We’d go to the movies more often because the theater is a 3 minute walk. Yes
Saw more movies last year than in the prior 5 put together.
10. We would be happier. YES