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Downsizing Challenges Made Simple

The move was a monumental success! How could I lose? The name of the moving company was A Perfect Move—www.aperfectmover.net! They even move worldwide, so this move only twenty minutes north, was a piece of cake for them.
As perfect as the move was, it was not without emotion. I poured my heart and soul into my home of seventeen years, creating beautiful gardens, upgrading and remodeling inside and out and decorating each and every room with love and care. As I said to a friend, it's like ending a long term relationship that you love, but it simply isn't working any longer. My life has shifted into growing a business and I need to give myself the space and time to do that.
A difficult decision, it was one that was completely supported by the Universe. The house was on the market for sixteen days before it sold. The young couple who bought it fell in love with it the minute they stepped through the door. Everything else went off without a hitch and we closed on June 30th. In this current market, things don't usually happen that way; it was a validation that I made the right decision.
However, I have downsized from a three bedroom home with a basement to a one and a half bedroom cottage! I am right in line with our community theme—"2009 The Year of Letting Go!" I literally let go—gave a way-- hundreds of dollars worth of stuff! I had certainly gotten my money's worth out of all of it and I made a few people very happy. The Law of Circulation in action! Let me tell you, downsizing has pulled out my creative side for sure. I've had to get very clever about storing things in my small space.
Space Saving Tip!
My over-the-counter kitchen cupboard space is limited here at the cottage. One of my latest tips for space saving is storing tea. I love tea and the brand I buy comes in boxes that take up a lot of space in my small cupboards and arranging them so I could read each box wasn't working. I decided to take the tea bags out of the boxes, put them in baggies along with the label, arrange them in a flat decorative basket, cover it with a place mat (or lid if the basket has one) and put them up in the space over the cupboard. It looks great and I have more space in the cupboards!
I'll be writing about my adjustments, insights and downsizing experiences over the next few weeks—stay tuned!
Love To You,

posted on: 7/9/2009 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side

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by Carole on 7/20/2010 12:37:49 AM:

We are just beginning to make decisions about moving to a smaller, one-story abode, after living 36 years in our 90-yr-old, much-loved, 3-bedroom home. This post, along with your Gifts of a Small Space" have been very comforting to read. Thank you.

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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.

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  • The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  • It's Hard To Make A Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys by Marilyn Paul
  • Organize With Confidence by Elizabeth Hagen
  • The Secret Of Letting Go by Guy Finley
  • Life Is Short--Wear Your Party Pants by Loretta La Roche
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Seven Whispers by Christina Baldwin
  • Loving What Is by Byron Katie
  • Making A Change For Good by Cheri Huber
  • "Happiness Now!" by Robert Holden, PhD.

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