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Recently, okay last night, I had the realization that everything I owned fit into one 10' x 12' room. This is the size of my bedroom in the apartment I share with four other people. With the exception of a few pots and pans that reside in the kitchen, all that I own has a spot within these four walls.
This includes my yarn and fabric stashes. No lie.
The summer before I left for Semester at Sea I put a lot of time into paring down what I owned. I had a yard sale. I gave a lot away to friends and the rest went to Goodwill. What I had left sat in storage for the three and half months I was gone.
Upon my return I went to my dad's place, where my things were in storage in the basement. I remember thinking how small my pile of belongings looked.
Maybe living in a small cabin on a ship with only two suitcases changed my perspective on what it is I actually need, because in looking around I try to recall some of what I gave away or sold, and other than one missing favorite cookbook - I'm unable to recall any of it. I don't feel like I am missing anything. In fact, materially I feel rather content.
And so I realize that I have achieved one of the goals I'd set for myself a few years ago. To narrow down my collection of things enough so I could eventually move into a yurt or a tiny house. If I can fit everything comfortably into 120 square foot room, I can certainly fit it into the average 250-400 square feet of your typical tiny house or large yurt!
I guess it's time to start chasing goal number two!