On Saturday, we took a day trip to the beach, which we’ve been saying we were going to do forever. Finally, Garrett convinced me to take a day off to relax, and boy am I glad he talked me into it!
We had an awesome time hanging out on the beach! I love to swim and sleep and the beach is the best place for both of those activities. I love watching birds fish, sand castles under construction and the myriad of boats that drift by.
We’re downsizing everything because we want these activities to be daily occurrences, not yearly. Here’s what we’ve downsized so far to streamline our home, our finances, our lives and what we hope to gain as a result.
Downsizing Life Today
Downsizing Our House
Recently, I’ve found another couple who downsized their dream home to pay off debt faster, which was an incredibly inspiring story for me; stories like these encourage me to press on and fight the debt fight. Though downsizing from the big house to a small house to get out of debt was our first goal, we’ve uncovered a lot of additional benefits along the way, such as the opportunity to declutter, lower utility bills and much, much more.
This bed and everything on it are on their way out! Bye bye, clutter!
Extra kitchen supplies, books and board games!
How did we end up with so many duplicates and unnecessary items?
We’re in the midst of a clothes shopping ban, one that will continue in an indeterminate amount of time. Originally, we said we’d go one year, but as you can see from the picture, I bet we can go a LOT longer.
The clean half of all of our clothing
We’ve made a couple of strides in the area of automobiles and their related expenses and will continue to make improvements when our leases are up at the end of 2016. I think we could be a one-car family in the making!
But we do love our electric cars! Zoom zoom!
Upsizing Life Tomorrow
What do we gain as a result of these optimizations? How will life improve as the result of our continuous improvement efforts?
Action verbs: verbs that make us do things
While at the beach the other day, I realized I said the same thing I’ve been saying for years, and it goes something like this:
“I would love to learn how to paddle board. Skimboarding looks like fun, too! But we’re only here for X day(s), so I don’t think it’s worth the $. Maybe if we’re at the beach more often, I would have the time to justify the investment.”
We pursue financial freedom so that we have time for more action verbs. Here’s the running list of action verbs we wish to pursue, in no particular order:
- Swimming (way more swimming in the ocean)
- Snow skiing
- Water skiing
- Napping (preferably on the beach)
- Building a trebuchet (for Punkin Chunkin, of course)
- Community gardening
- Building a tiny house community
- Slowing down to enjoy all the little things like mist
And so many more “-ing” activities that I’m sure I haven’t named yet. Our target date for achieving financial independence is May 18, 2019, which, coincidentally, is one day before we start surfing lessons.