Downsizing and Decluttering

Sheri Here,

Yes, it’s been a while since I last wrote. At that time, I was planning to look at some houses in Palm Desert and try to figure out what living in the desert might look like.

Well, I did more than look, I wound up buying a lovely home in Indio, a close neighbor to Palm Desert.


I was looking to downsize the size of my house, but that didn’t happen. My new digs are slightly larger, all on one level, and with a great open floor plan.

But I did aggressively downsize and declutter my life, with at least half of all my possessions being released. I’m moving a little of my furniture. What I used to have was either sold or given away.

I decided I wanted to leave the past in the past. That meant furniture, files, collections, and memorabilia. Letting go of 50% of my stuff is serious downsizing.

I’ve been thinking about this for a long time, so I had already processed a great deal of the feelings associated with what I sold, gave away, or threw out. I don’t know about you, but I have a great attachment to my stuff, and I had to detach before I could physically release the things.


That is not to say there wasn’t a great deal of emotion as I let go. I surrounded myself with a great deal of love and support on this journey, so when I was having a tough time, there was someone there to help me through the process.

In order to meet the terms of my house purchase contract, I had to have my home on the market within 15 days. The realtor I worked with on the sale wanted a “spacious, open feeling” in the rooms, which mean little to nothing, including furniture in each area.

It was a challenge – not only in letting go but in removing things, finding the people to help and the organizations to receive my things.

But…it got done with the help of my friends. The blessing here is that many other people benefitted from me releasing my stuff. The recipients were as happy with their new “stuff” as I was letting go of it.

I found I had missed practically nothing.


I’m excited about moving into my new home, which happens in less than a week. At this point, it is paperwork and time that need to be completed. I’ve been pacing around an almost empty house – this garage is filled with boxes. While I won’t say I’m bored or impatient, I am waiting in the hallway for a new door to open. It has been an interesting time becoming right-sized.

What about you? Have you been thinking of letting go of things or are you facing a move that requires downsizing? While you don’t have to move to downsize or declutter, you do need to identify what to release and whether to throw it away, give it away or what. It is a process.

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Downsizing and Decluttering

Sheri Here,

Well, I’ve run away from home, again. I’m on a (thinly disguised) research project in Palm Desert, close neighbor to Palm Springs. I am conducting an experiment based on reality: what would it look like if I moved to the desert?


I’ve lived within several miles of the Pacific Ocean for most of my life and have consistently refused to consider living in the desert as too hot and too different for me to think about, let alone be happy.

But I got a bug up my butt and I’m seriously researching it. I’ve looked at homes in places that are within financial reach and have begun to compare the desert lifestyle to my current home. I’ve discovered the location of my “must have” stores, like Trader Joe’s, CVS, and Nordstrom’s Rack. They are all here.

Oh my! For me, the vision, the dream that desert living evokes is one of a minimalist mindset: minimal furnishings, minimal clutter, and minimal clothes. Yikes, it is a long stretch from my current circumstances.


Yet decluttering becomes a necessity for me in every scenario I run of my future, at this time in my life. They all entail downsizing my life to embrace the concept of less stuff.

Now mind you, I’ve previously written that research is just another way to be distracted. See my blog Research is Another Form of Squirrel. And I’ve recently been accused of staying overly busy to avoid grieving the passing of my husband. It could be true.

The last several weeks, I’ve been actively beginning the process of downsizing, releasing things, stuff, and opening some more spaciousness in my life.

If my life is full, then the Universe has nowhere to put something new. Decluttering and downsizing are, for me, an emotional process. Everything I touch has history. As I am releasing things, it also entails grieving, so it has become part of the way I’m grieving George. OK, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

In the meantime, I’m doing research on what a different reality looks and feels like. It’s both exciting and fearful. But our body feels the same with either emotion. I’ve chosen the mindset that this is an exciting journey.

What About You?

What about you?

What is going on in your life that you are actively researching and experimenting with? A new look on life?

Or are you in the middle of a transition from one place to another after you finished the exploratory stage?

What are you thinking in those deep recesses of your mind that might be exciting? It could be a grand adventure or seeking more information about a change you want to make.

Need a sounding board? Let’s talk. Schedule time with me here. Or hit reply and whisper your thoughts in my ear. I won’t tell – I promise.



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