Downsizing and Upsizing

While in the midst of practicing this thing they call minimalism it has dawned on me that there are so many different flavors of the practice. While others try to find a way out of the work world I strive to maintain employment and look forward to go to work each day.

The have folks who have downsized their living to a tiny house or even a trailer and discovered ways of earning money to pay for just the basics through their own passions and hard work. There are even those who have elected to have no home at all and live out of a backpack and wonder to discover new things each day. They are living within their means and not tied to the traditional employment world other than taking on a job now and then.

This all sounds so romantic to me but when I think deeply about it I come to the conclusion that it is just not a lifestyle that would bring me the same amount of joy as the one I have right now. No, for me minimalism is more about doing the things I like to do while working a job I like to work. I like the idea of a paycheck every two weeks and I know exactly what to do with it.

While downsizing many of the things in my life I also love to upsize things as well. I have downsized my living quarters and all of the stuff I fill it with bringing me to a level of comfort. My house is small enough to where I don’t feel overwhelmed but large enough to where I enjoy it’s space. I have downsized my debt and am working hard to pay off my mortgage but also upsizing my retirement funds and savings.

For me this is pretty darn simple and although I one day see myself living even more simply I can accept the fact that for right now I am where I am for a good reason. It may be that this old minimalist who will be turning 55 next month see’s things a little bit differently than others who are just about in their 20’s or 30’s. In no way am I saying they are wrong or I am right. I love reading so many blogs of writers who are finding great success in living a minimalist life and how they are learning to live life on their terms.

The truth is that as individuals we all have our own terms as we make our way through life. We decide what it is that truly makes us happy and fulfilled. Each one of us has the ability to make those choices that bring us to where we want to be while understanding that we all have a responsibility to ensure that our lives are not interfering with the liberties of others.

Time has the ability to and will always bring about change in the way we feel about our lives and it is important to never get stuck on just one thing. We must always stay open to change because sometimes it it not so much the world around that changes as much as it ourselves who change. We learn new things and our patterns of thought become excited about new possibilities that may arise in our lives. This is nothing new and has been with us through human evolution. It is exactly what developed the world we live in today. Some people curse it, but the truth is that it will always be this way and we must all learn how to find our own little corner within it. We must not only learn to survive, but to thrive and find those simple things that set our souls on fire.

For me this is what minimalism is really all about. Getting rid of the clutter that keeps us from living the life that brings about a smile on my face and contentness in my heart.

Constantly downsizing and upsizing like the very cycle of life itself. Moving from one thought pattern to the next and living to experience all that life has to offer that is just within reach of grasping it. I find all of these things each day living within this life I have created and although there may be more one day or maybe less, today I am just joyful to be a part of what I have.

Blood Sugar- 101, Weight- 193.2
Another day avoiding the treadmill and opting for muscle resistance exercises today.

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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21 Responses to Downsizing and Upsizing

  1. I like your thinking. And bigger isn’t always better, I learned. We purchased a bigger house about four years ago. Guess what? It’s just more space for clutter to accumulate! The kids don’t put their stuff away and they aren’t fond of a two-story and its stairs to get to and from their rooms. It is by no means our “forever home,” but now that we are here and have it filled to the brim, I too am working on de-cluttering. I bought the book, “The life-changing magic of tidying up,” and find it quite interesting and helpful. Basically, if you don’t find value and meaning in it, toss it.

  2. Adventures of Thelma Louise says:

    I too, have used downsizing to up-size in other, more meaningful and rewarding ways šŸ™‚

  3. nimi naren says:

    Love your definition of minimalism. Totally is about removing emotional, material and social clutter from one’s life, to focus on what one likes. Lovely post

  4. facetfully says:

    Well said! There is also great importance in decluttering the mind and spirit of unnecessary/unfulfilling clutter!

  5. New Journey says:

    Talk about change…I thought I was in the home where I would be for years to come….then my husbands health took front lead in out lives….dry, warm/hot weather was where he could breath better and live his life more comfortable…of course there are pros and cons here too, but the pros win…. we bought a smaller home (mobile home) half the size of our house, it was wonderful that we could pick and choose what we wanted to take…we are truly living the minimalist life style here in Yuma and I love it…we have made our home comfortable and have settled in to a monthly budget to follow and find life is good…love how easy it is to clean….great article Billy….living with only what we need and not what I desire, all the crap I think we need is wonderful….now we just have to go back to California and get rid of all that we left behind…LOL kat

  6. I just went from 600 sq feet to 216. there is a lot of things both time wise and tangible that need to go. I like you take on the topic.

  7. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. I’m in the same path minimalism as you do. The most suitable minimalism I can relate. And I’m happy in this Lane. Have a great day.

  8. Pamela says:

    I like the idea of downsizing while up sizing. I am with you on that one in terms of not necessarily finding a way to no longer have to work, but rather enjoying the work you have. I enjoy what I do and I would not have it any other way.

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