“Oh,” she said, raising one eyebrow while laughing, “you can’t think of it that way or you’ll never get through it.”
The woman in question is actually my lovely niece. She was responding to our current downsizing. We had run into each other as Kevin and I were coming out of the liquor store with (yet another!!) load of free boxes. As a joke I listed what we were trying to sort through in order to make our big (or should I say small?) move.
You might think I’d have said enough on this topic. You might, in fact, be secretly hoping that I couldn’t possibly have any more to say on this subject.
But I have been trying to understand why this whole effort seemed to be taking so much time and realized that the simple facts tell the whole story.
So here are just the facts, ma’am, nothing but the facts (you can listen to the proper intonation of those famous words at this link).
The facts then, are these:
- 15 years ago we downsized from a 3800 sq ft house in Mission
- We moved to a 625 sq ft house in Sechelt (with a 600 sq-ft basement)
- We lived in Sechelt for 15 years
- During that time we ripped off the roof, added a second floor, built a myriad of outbuildings and stuffed the basement full of oddments
- 7 years ago, along with another couple, we purchased a two-bedroom apartment in Vancouver’s Yaletown. We shared it as our jointly-owned pied-a-terre, and then…
- For 3 of those years we rented out the apartment
- Nearly 2 years ago the renters moved out and we bought out our partners
- We started living in Vancouver more-or-less full time
- Whenever there was something we didn’t know what to do with?
- We drove it over to Sechelt and dumped it there
- Sechelt is now sold (though we still have more time to finish clearing it out)
- The Yaletown apartment is now sold
- We move to our new one-bedroom apartment tomorrow morning
If you add these facts together, you get this:
Collectively we are downsizing from two kitchens, two dining-rooms, two living-rooms, three offices, one guest room/office, one art studio, one guest cottage, one greenhouse, one full basement, three bedrooms, four full bathrooms, a garden full of lawn furniture and a partridge in a pear tree to a one-bedroom, one-bathroom, no-office, teeny living/dining room space, no guest-room 745 sq ft apartment in The Village at False Creek.
But hey! There’s one more fact.
- There’s a 150 sq ft deck.
That should help.