My words for this year are "Peace and Simplicity." In order to achieve both, I know I’ve got to downsize. I need less house to clean and less yard to mow. I need less junk in the garage. I’ve been dancing around this decision for a year and a half. I kept waiting for the "right time." I kept waiting until I got rid of more stuff.
Yesterday, epiphany. There will never be a right time, and I will never get rid of enough stuff to make it any easier to move. It’s spring, and people will be looking for houses again. The time is right.
A week ago, there was an article in the Idaho Statesman about downsizing and the reasons why people my age (and older) decide to do it. The article included tips on what to get rid of and when. I tossed that section of the paper onto my "to be read" pile of papers in my office, and today I read it. Good information that I’m going to begin applying at once.
I love my home. I’ve been in it almost 11 years. It’s familiar. It’s decorated to my taste. But both house and yard are too much for me to keep up while also caring for my mother and writing my books. I went onto the Internet yesterday and perused some of the town homes and patio homes available in the area. It looks like I can get what I want in the price range I want. (What I want most is NO yard work!)
I’m not sure how all of this fits in with my deadline. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be ugly. But I’m just trusting God to bring about everything in the right time.
I’ll let you know when Peace and Simplicity show up.