'So,' Alice asked politely, 'what's the past tense of "downsizing"?'
Here we are on the eve of our move to Casa Grande, a junction city ⅔ of the way to our build site. Casa Grande means Big House, a funny contrast to our project! We're going to be living in an RV trailer smaller than nomadiCasita, so our intensive downsizing will come in handy right away. We've been downsizing for two years and have shed so many things we can't remember them all. We're fitting into a footprint almost an order of magnitude smaller than the house we rented in Asheville.
In the end, we found it was not our things that made us happy — it was each other, and our freedom.
We seem to get happier, to feel lighter, the more possessions we re-home and the more memories we digitize. We look forward to the coziness of the trailer, reminiscent of our RV trek from Asheville to Tucson. Moving is not the big production it once was. We'll be putting everything in a 15' U-Haul truck, and a good part of that is materials and tools for the build.
If you're of a certain age, you remember the astronauts in the space race moving to be near Cape Canaveral to undergo final preparation for their launch. We sort of feel that way, moving to an exotic place (for us!) — an RV resort in sunny (you betcha!) Casa Grande to undergo final preparations for our launch in early summer. Very exciting, and we really feel like we're on our way!