Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Economy of Space




Having spent Halloween weekend moving for the second time in a year, I have now spent my first week in my new place. There are no more empty boxes lingering around and the blank canvass that was, is slowly but surely transforming into a representation of its occupants. Pictures on walls and furniture arranged in a fashion that is both functional and reminiscent of the way things used to be. You learn a lot when you move from one place to another; you realize that, there is often a big difference between what you think you want and what you actually need, a lesson that was made abundantly clear to me while I was moving from a 2 bedroom house into a 1 bedroom apartment.

The reason for the downsize? With the economy and job market still in the dumps, clients who can afford the luxury of having someone handle their finances for them are not lining up out the door like they used to. You know things have slowed down considerably when your cell phone becomes as much of a reminder of who isn’t calling as who is. So I, along with so many others out there have had to make sacrifices and cut back wherever I can. The idea of saving over $700 a month between rent and utilities was just too much to ignore. Moving into a smaller space has also enabled to me to purge some of the “stuff” I have accumulated over the years, stuff that had a sole purpose of filling a space or looking good. That is what we typically do with space; we fill it, and often the more space we have the more we have to fill. Sometimes having limited space can be the key to finding the balance between bare essentials and excess.

My 800 square foot apartment has everything I need for the time being. It’s a small building in a great neighborhood, and its Euro inspired kitchen gives me the unique ability to scramble eggs while simultaneously doing a load of laundry. How many people do you know can make such an offer to their guest? Living in a small space also serves as a reminder of what truly makes a house a home; it’s not the 50’ flat screen TV or designer furniture, rather it’s the people who come through your doors that add life to a room full of stuff. It’s the amount of footprints that is the true gauge of a happy home, or in my particular case the amount of paw prints as well.

6 comments:

  1. so did hank come along too? hahaha congratulations on the new place!

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  2. Ha! Yes Hank made the journey...thank you, you should come by this Sunday to watch Mark Webber beat out your Fernando Alonzo to take the F1 Driver's Championship!

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  3. i really enjoyed this post. i know the journey you've been on - that many of us have been on - and it really is about (re)discovering all that's truly important. we've wasted so much time and money chasing crap that doesn't matter. that doesn't improve or enhance our lives. that simply serves as a distraction. so although things are rough, i think we all are living more authentic lives now. i especially loved that last line about the number of footprints and paw prints that mark a life...did i mention the chocolate lady's birthday is on saturday? she's turning 11! now, that's a life well lived!

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  4. Thank you Joyce, I know you me and Tim have confided in each other regarding all the trials and tribulations we have been through. And even though times have been tough, we sure are learning a lot about ourselves. Can't wait for things to settle down for all of us and we can celebrate accordingly. Happy early birthday to Hershey Girl, she has lived a better life than most humans have!

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  5. Congrats on your new place! I know what you mean by downsizing. It's a great feeling to eliminate the stuff you "need" as opposed to stuff you REALLY need! It feels good to live simpler.

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  6. Thank you L-Boog! So when is the house warming at your new place? Can't wait to see the new home and especially the soon to be new addition to your family!

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