I find the most difficult part of downsizing happens immediately after a purge of items. The glorious blank space left behind after the reducing begs to be re-filled by a trip to Pier 1 or Target. I recognize my desire to have a home that could be featured in Better Homes and Gardens, artfully and tastefully decorated, my son and I perfectly posed on our porch.
The stuff in those pictures is as artificial as the airbrushed lips on a model in Redbook. I have to remember most of it is just a prop, an advertisement disguised as a vase, or fruit dish. All of it combined telling us to purchase it all and we will have this bliss.
My other struggle is my love of cosmetics. I browse the Ulta catalog and want lotions for skin conditions I don’t even have. Foundation to cover wrinkles I am sure I can see. And new color palettes for lips and eyes to compliment the seasons.
I have done a huge improvement in downsizing the cosmetics. Not only did it free up space in my cottage, but it saves hundreds (sad, I know) of dollars on the next most amazing cream. I enjoy the process of applying makeup, so I haven’t cut myself off cold, I just make very careful decisions about which items I purchase.
It’s a journey, not an destination, and little steps on the way.