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Simple Challenge #13 – Shrinking

Have you thought of downsizing before?  Do you want to downsize but can’t now for some reason?

Than this is a great challenge do do!

This is also a perfect challenge to get ready for Christmas.

  • Stressing about company coming for Christmas?
  • Worried about getting your house clean?
  • Don’t want to come back to messy house?


Close off part of your house

It can be a room, or cleaning out and closing up a closet.  Or it could be closing off and not using a whole floor of your house.  What would it be like living smaller?

For Christmas purposes you can clean up a guest room and then close it up for the next few weeks and have it ready for the holidays.   Maybe clean up and close off the basement until the holidays.

De-clutter, pick up, clean and then close it up and don’t use the space.

I have heard from several people wanting to downsize but unable for several reasons and this is a no excuse option.  Using less space in your house will help you not accumulate as many belongings (because you can’t stash them in all the extra spaces) and you can turn off heat in those areas to save utilities.

Length of time and amount of your house is up to you.  This can be a week, or you can do it for longer.  Have fun!

Update on last week

I took my bag to goodwill on Friday.  I honestly wasn’t sure I was going to be able to find much because I had taken a trunk load over just last week after we got back from vacation… but no matter how much I go through, I can go through stuff again and find something else that can be passed on.  It worked great to get everything cleaned out before we leave again for a few months 🙂


  1. Hi! I just found my way here and have been enjoying reading your ideas.

    We’ve moved into our basement for the winter, to save money on heating, and have been loving our small living space. It defintely is possible to downsize, without buying a new house.

    • That is a great idea! Good to meet you 🙂

  2. It’s just so cool that you can do this, and that you can travel!! I won’t be moving-we have just under 1300 square feet in
    Our home, but I am happy to say that I have very sparse decorations compared to last year. It is so peaceful and relaxing and CLEAN now. 🙂

    • yay!

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