Day 174 Downsize

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About Colleen Madsen

Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. Oh it feels so good to downsize. For years my husband and I had two cars. A lot of the work we did was done in the city where we lived. When we visited family and friends in other towns, we always drove together in one car. So, we came to our senses. We got used to two cars but it was jsut as easy getting used to one car. It feels lighter and I remind myself how much better it is for the environment.

    • Hi Belinda,
      thank you for dropping by. I read your blog all the time, I really enjoy Art Interpretation… on thw 21st June. That one really got me thinking my head was spinning in all directions.
      We still have two vehicles but one is a motorbike which uses a quarter of the fuel that the car does but it is the one that does the most miles each week. If we went down to one car with no bike we would be using twice as much fuel (gas). That wouldn’t make economical or environmental sense.

  2. I find myself singing/humming the “Downsize” song–you know, the one Petula Clark did back in the 60’s? Or was that “Downtown?”

    When we moved here 3 1/2 years ago, we had a big bulky t.v. set. Of course within a few weeks it decided to die (it didn’t have the grace to die before the move). Anyway, we downsized to a flat one with a nice sized screen. It wasn’t downsizing in the truest sense, being both expensive and a larger screen, but it is less bulky and easier to move.

    Oh, and couldn’t agree more about the display cabinet idea–I had one years ago until I realized I only had it because it seemed the thing to do!

    • Hi Meg,
      you are too funny although downsize does fit into some of the lines of that song quite nicely.
      I sometimes feel guilty spending money downsizing but the house sure is looking and feeling better for it.
      You are right about the display cabinet quite often we do only have things because if seems the thing to do.

  3. Four years ago we literally downsized our living space almost by half. It was initially a painful process, but the result was positive. Downsizing forced me to choose what I loved and what I didn’t.

    • Hi Willow,
      Been there too and never look back. Don’t need it, don’t want it and don’t envy anyone for it. Takes me half the time it used to to do my housework. For that alone it is worth it.

  4. I love Apple products. They are so streamlined and efficient and they are worth every penny. A year ago we gave away our very large and heavy TV. Now we use my portable 20 lb. 24″ iMac to watch movies and online TV shows It really is multi-functional. In addition, since we sold or gave away all of our VHS tapes, we no longer need a DVD/VHS player. With just this downsizing we are now several pounds lighter. 🙂

    • Hi Di,
      That did sound like a bit of free advertising for apple in my blog but they do make nice compact gear and I am into compact.
      It is a pity that the removalist company doesn’t give you a weight for your removal because I would love to compare my last move to my next one. The box count will be significantly less though I bet.