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Old 05-15-2016, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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It was kind of an accident we bought a home with very little storage -- no basement, garage, attic, and not a lot in the way of big closets. A small garden shed houses lawnmower, bikes and some basic gardening gear.

For a while, I regretted our lack of storage, but now I find it's a definite benefit: it keeps us honest. We cannot stockpile "stuff."

When something becomes non-useful, broken, antiquated, worn-out or whatever, it does not get shoved "out-of-sight, out-of-mind." We've no place to put it! So it gets recycled, donated or thrown away.

Right now, our home is "just-right." We need -- nothing! We have no needs/desires for much of anything other than food and new shoes/underwear to replace those worn out. We've no debt.

Our friends are cleaning up their home after 18 years of living in it, getting it ready to sell and to move to a smaller place. They're faced with clearing a double garage, an attic, a basement and several sheds. Their task is daunting, to say the least.

Does anyone else have little storage -- and glory in it?
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:32 AM
 
Location: In a vehicle.
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I don't glory in it, but yes, have VERY little room for storage (Other than clothes/food) and am quite happy...
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Old 05-15-2016, 10:33 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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We downsized a few years ago, from a larger home (more storage and larger than we needed) to a smaller luxury townhome.
We discarded a lot of items (donated to local charities and churches) prior to the move. We accumulated a lot of "junk" in the old house merely because there was room to store it. Now, we don't have the room and live a lot "leaner" and happier.
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Old 05-15-2016, 04:26 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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When something becomes non-useful, broken, antiquated, worn-out or whatever, it does not get shoved "out-of-sight, out-of-mind." We've no place to put it! So it gets recycled, donated or thrown away.
I am one of those who cannot understand why it would be "shoved "out-of-sight, out-of-mind." ", no matter how much or how little storage you have!

Glad you "accidentally" found a way for you to control your clutter!
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Old 05-15-2016, 04:58 PM
 
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Bravo for keeping the necessities with out the bog down of storage.

I have in seven years learned to ask is it necessary to survive and is it needed to allow flexibility in doing other things?

My economy improved when I stopped impulse buying or even buying to "stock up".

It is on an as needed bases.

Life is better now ...less stress , more joy. ( and I know where everything is too!)
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Old 05-15-2016, 06:01 PM
 
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I moved into a 1 bd with den (for business stuff), lr, kit, and bathroom. Could not be happier. I really wanted two bedrooms, but I've adjusted and keep even less "stuff" because I don't have a second room to fill.

There is a lot of space though 1000 sf... roomy so two are not on top of each other.

I often wonder if I'll ever live in a big house. I really think the bills would kill me... my electric was $40 last month... small house, small bills.
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Old 05-15-2016, 09:51 PM
 
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It was kind of an accident we bought a home with very little storage -- no basement, garage, attic, and not a lot in the way of big closets. A small garden shed houses lawnmower, bikes and some basic gardening gear.

For a while, I regretted our lack of storage, but now I find it's a definite benefit: it keeps us honest. We cannot stockpile "stuff."

When something becomes non-useful, broken, antiquated, worn-out or whatever, it does not get shoved "out-of-sight, out-of-mind." We've no place to put it! So it gets recycled, donated or thrown away.

Right now, our home is "just-right." We need -- nothing! We have no needs/desires for much of anything other than food and new shoes/underwear to replace those worn out. We've no debt.

Our friends are cleaning up their home after 18 years of living in it, getting it ready to sell and to move to a smaller place. They're faced with clearing a double garage, an attic, a basement and several sheds. Their task is daunting, to say the least.

Does anyone else have little storage -- and glory in it?
Ultilize this astute room:

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My room is small, too. And I like it. Hence, it is impossible for me to take the office properties home with me. A laser printer would immediately cram my room. A broom stick will cause the traffic jam in my room.

And I have to stay creative to keep the refrigerate items.

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Old 05-16-2016, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Ultilize this astute room:

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My room is small, too. And I like it. Hence, it is impossible for me to take the office properties home with me. A laser printer would immediately cram my room. A broom stick will cause the traffic jam in my room.

And I have to stay creative to keep the refrigerate items.
Gosh, you win the prize for graceful minimalism!
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:38 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Fully understand what your saying. We just downsized to a small home. Was just hubby and I in a 2000 sqft home. A lot of wasted space that just collected junk we never used anymore. Our new home is 1300 sqft. No basement. We do have a garage due to having a lawncare business but no shed. We have to sell and sort through all the stuff we accumulated and it's great to declutter. Our new home doesn't have a lot of storage space and it's just the right size for us now, much less room to keep unneeded items. Plus, utilities will be cheaper and insurance was less also!
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Old 05-16-2016, 12:23 PM
 
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It was kind of an accident we bought a home with very little storage -- no basement, garage, attic, and not a lot in the way of big closets. A small garden shed houses lawnmower, bikes and some basic gardening gear.

For a while, I regretted our lack of storage, but now I find it's a definite benefit: it keeps us honest. We cannot stockpile "stuff."

When something becomes non-useful, broken, antiquated, worn-out or whatever, it does not get shoved "out-of-sight, out-of-mind." We've no place to put it! So it gets recycled, donated or thrown away.

Right now, our home is "just-right." We need -- nothing! We have no needs/desires for much of anything other than food and new shoes/underwear to replace those worn out. We've no debt.

Our friends are cleaning up their home after 18 years of living in it, getting it ready to sell and to move to a smaller place. They're faced with clearing a double garage, an attic, a basement and several sheds. Their task is daunting, to say the least.

Does anyone else have little storage -- and glory in it?
I live in a studio apartment and I still have too much stuff I don't use.
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