When my partner and I moved from our old apartment, we cut our living space in half. Our old home was a 1,500 square foot first floor apartment in a vintage building — and our new condo is an 800 square foot gut rehab on the third floor. As you can imagine, fitting our old furniture into our new space was a challenge.
We knew that downsizing from our old spacious apartment to our new smaller home would mean purging a lot of collected stuff - especially the larger vintage furniture. And, frankly, I was OK with that. I don't have a lot of emotional connection to most of our belongings so it was easy to let the old things go. What we didn't know is that we didn't purge enough. After having the movers move everything into our new home we realized that even some of the old things we thought would fit in our new space wouldn't work after all. Those pieces were eventually sold on craigslist or donated.
We've been in our new home for almost three years now and I can safely say I don't miss the old apartment at all. Oh sure I miss a few aspects of it — the finished basement, the spacious rooms — but our new home is much brighter and has better views. Also, our aparment was a rental and this new home is our first home purchase, which makes us feel more secure. I do miss some of the old furniture we sold and I regret getting rid of my vast record collection — but in the end it's all just stuff, right?
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