I’m about to downsize my living space by ten-fold. Ten-fold. I need to let that sink in for a bit.
Right now I’m living in a very spacious two bedroom apartment of about 1300 square feet. It was never meant to be for just us. We had a roommate but that ended abruptly. For a while we were going to get a new roommate, then decided my costuming gig was going to be the new roommate but ultimately neither of those options were going to be enough to make up for how stupid big this place is. And I’ve grown weary of fighting back the angry hordes of spiders that threaten to consume these halls. I’m still a bit sad to leave. We’ve had many great parties and made a lot of good memories here. But it’s times to move on.
Our new place will be about 120 square feet without a kitchen or bathroom in the building, but access to on a kitchen and bathroom on the property. It’s just a quick walk past the ducks and chicken.
Both my fella and I have known we’ve needed to make a change. There are a lot of reasons why: Our environmental impact, transitioning to a more frugal lifestyle, learning simplicity and downsizing our massive (but not atypical for our American culture) acumulation of stuff. Our long term goal is to get raw land and build a small house on it and add on over time. We’ve also toyed with the idea of establishing some sort of intentional community. Or maybe just convincing some of our friends to buy adjacent plots. The drastic change to our cost of living will finally allow us to save for land and whatever crunchy granola hippie type stuff we want to do.
This experience we hope will answer a lot of questions we have before making the leap to a homestead or an intentional community. Can we stand to live in such tight quarters? How will living unconventionally on a property with six adults with big personalities and a toddler work out? Could we do that under more rural/isolated conditions? Is the work of growing our food something we will find rewarding? Can we decrease our energy usage enough to live on solar or other renewable energy? I have so many questions I could just keep going on.
I’m so excited about this change in our lives. It will truly be an adventure! It’s time to see if I can give up the normal suburban lifestyle like I’ve been dreaming the past eight years.
-Strangerock signing off