It’s been one year since down-sizing into an 1,100 square foot town home. I call it our Barbie house. You would think after several garage sales and donating a LOT to the thrift stores, friends and family, I wouldn’t have anything left to get rid of. Fat chance! I am still purging.

It wasn’t long ago my neighbor and I exchanged garage items. Yes, I said exchanged! What was I thinking? I didn’t need any more stuff. It was probably my fault. I had walked over to his garage and asked if he would like a couple of tools. He accepted, and then a few minutes later, he came over with an item and asked if I would like to have it. Like a dork, I said yes. I have never used the item…it’s sitting on a chair in the garage. I must remember to take it to the thrift store soon.

After moving into our small home with only about twenty percent of what we used to own, it made me realize how foolish it was to amass stuff: stuff I didn’t need, didn’t use…stuff that took time to clean, store, and stuff that smothered our living space. I wish I learned this lesson decades ago.

Small dwellings can be a blessing. Less is more. It’s freeing not be weighed down with earthly items. Try it . . . you’ll like it. Leila Rae

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth……but, store up treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ” Matthew 6:19