So recently, with baby number two on the way, my husband and I decided that now would be a good time to downsize (what on earth were we thinking!?!?). So now we are effectively homeless, living with my parents and hoping like heck that this baby stays inside until somewhere near his due date (unlike his sister who arrived 4 1/2 weeks early) so that we can get the new house sorted, our stuff out of storage and be moved in (or at least have the beds made!).
It occurred to me recently, that while in actual fact we are downsizing (in that the new house is smaller than the last one), downsizing always feels like it has negative connotations, what we are actually doing is Right Sizing.
Normally used in a business context, if you google the definition of right sizing something like this will come up:
The process of a corporation reorganizing or restructuring their business by cost-cutting, reduction of workforce, or reorganizing upper-level management. The goal is to get the company molded properly to achieve the maximum profit. – www.businessdictionary.com
For us though, instead of reducing our workforce, we are reducing redundant and unused space and choosing to live in a space that is the right size for us, right now. It may well be that as the kids get older we’ll need more space but why bother paying a hefty mortgage for that extra space now, when we’re not using it?
When we started having a family we thought it would be good to get a ‘forever home’ that we could live in until the kid(s) left home but now, having bought 4 houses, lived in 5 and sold 3 in the space of 7 years, we’ve come to the conclusion that we’re just not ‘forever home’ type people. And we’re okay with that.
While the method of right sizing outside of a business setting is different, the goal is the same, to maximise profit. Right sizing means we can significantly reduce our mortgage, will most likely pay less in power bills and our rates bill will be smaller, leaving us with more money at the end of each month (rather than more month at the end of the money).
What this extra ‘profit’ means for us is more options and less stress, and coming into my second round of maternity leave, it’s just what our family needs.
What aspects of your life have you ‘right sized’ recently?