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Twice as Happy with Half as Much

Updated on October 21, 2017
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As a Baby-Boomer, Denise and millions of others are becoming senior citizens. She explores what it means to be over 60 today.

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Downsizing isn't the nightmare we thought.

Besides being darling, this is the smartest purchase I have made in a very long time. Like many people, my husband and I were both laid off a couple years ago. We had to move from our large 3-bedroom home to a small 1-bedroom apartment. That took some major adjustment, let me tell you. We put much of our furniture in storage and waited for the economy to get better. So far it hasn't, at least for us. But we learned something very important about life and ourselves.

First, we learned we are twice as happy with half as much. In some cases less than half as much. But it's been a freeing experience. We love not having separate rooms to work our artistic crafts in. We do more together, talk more, see each other more. Believe it or not, that is a good thing.


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Small things are sweet

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Second, we have both found that we were bogged down with an enormous amount of clutter. Without the space, we simply had to downsize. And that is where our Corner Nook Set came in. There was no room for a large dining room table and chairs. For a long time we kept them in storage and eventually gave them away. The Corner Nook fits perfectly in the small space available and even offers storage space under the seats. It is both cozy and comfortable. I love having it.


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Sometimes the most charming things come in smaller packages. I have found that smaller things, like apartments, are easier to clean and keep clean; cheaper to heat and cool; and cozy. This little apartment and our little Breakfast Nook, have kept my husband and I closer together. We talk more and work together more. We eat together more than ever before. That is a very good thing.

Also, my sweet little breakfast nook has storage space under the seats, which really helps save space. Hiding things away has become a pleasure for me.

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Let it go.

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Lessen your grip.

Giving things away and throwing out the debris has a very liberating feeling. I have learned to love recycling and repurposing things, tossing what I don't need or can't use and only saving what is absolutely necessary. This means that not only is my grip on things less, but the things have less grip on me. That is the hard part, isn't it? We don't really own our possessions, they own us. We must clean them and maintain them, hire repairmen when they break, or replace them when they wear out. It becomes a vicious cycle that can only be broken with the freedom of downsizing.

Half Full or Half Empty

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Sometimes smaller is better.

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Brain washing

I am still in the process of down-sizing. It never seems to end. There is always more stuff to get rid of in favor of a simpler, smaller setting. Do you down-size regularly? Do you think you should?

It's all in the mindset. If you feel deprived by letting go of a few things then eventually you will live hip-deep in clutter. On the other hand if you convince yourself that you don't need it if you haven't used it or even looked at it in a year or so, then you won't feel deprived when you let go. I can only say this because I have lived both ways. I used to be a half empty person thinking I need more and was deprived with what I had.

My mind has changed recently and I now believe I have more than enough. The cup is half-full and I am happy with that. I think we all have to do a little brain washing to be able to live with less when the commercials and media have been trying to convince us/brainwash us for years that we can't possibly be happy without the newest, shiniest, expensive-ist gadgets and devices. A little deprograming is in order here. The commercials have lied. You don't need it and will be happier without it in the end. You can't take any of it with you anyway.

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    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      3 years ago from Fresno CA

      When did we fall into the trap that more STUFF is better? It's a mystery to me that I have hung on to some of my crap for so long. I've been going through clothes in the closet lately. Those things that I hung onto thinking I'll lose weight.... If I loose that much weight, I want new things, so out they go!

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      4 years ago from Fresno CA

      @Diana Wenzel: Well, thank you. Change happens to all of us. You either embrace it or get crushed under it!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I really love your corner nook. Nooks are so cozy and intimate. I'm sure enjoying my new nook. I think we're all feeling the pinch (economically). Some more than others. I'll be happy when I'm finally living larger by dwelling smaller. This will be my year of major downsizing. Excellent review! Love your attitude about the changes in your life.

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      Denise McGill 

      4 years ago from Fresno CA

      @MarcellaCarlton: That's great. I'm impressed and pleased that I inspired you! Thanks for liking my lens.

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      MarcellaCarlton 

      4 years ago

      At least we are not in this alone, Denise. The movie was great, too! I think I'll start going through my house and giving things away, and I'll do some shopping in my closet. I'm inspired, and thanks for the movie, too!

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      Denise McGill 

      4 years ago from Fresno CA

      @BritFlorida: It is amazing how much you DON'T need, isn't it. We are still down sizing, little by little, to get rid of the storage unit. After stuff is in storage for a couple years, you begin to wonder why you are keeping it, since you don't ever use it. I'm glad I'm not the only one. Thanks for the post!

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      My goodness Denise, we are in almost the same circumstances as you. A couple of years ago the company that we both worked for closed unexpectedly and we too had to move from a three bedroom home to a tiny apartment. And I feel so liberated!

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      Denise McGill 

      4 years ago from Fresno CA

      @favored: I never owned one before and absolutely love it and the extra storage space. Thanks for liking my lens.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      I have always liked these, especially for the extra storage.

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