We seek ways to make our transition easier as we move from a big home to a smaller one. A site that is very helpful to me is the Tiny House Blog . This blog draws attention to the many ways in which living in a small space can be both challenging and fun.
I can vouch for one thing already. Downsizing to a smaller home is invigorating. It provides lots of exercise just running up and down the stairs, for example, carrying mattresses, blankets, sleeping bags, boxes of old toys. And then there are all the pieces of furniture to move around, like dressers and couches, old cots and tons of books.
Recycling is a very popular activity. Yesterday, we put a sign sign saying "Free" on some items we put out in the front yard, next to the front road. It included a large chair and ottoman, barbells and weights, and a lamp. Much to our pleasure and surprise, they were all gone in a matter of a few hours. It feels like a miracle to put items no longer wanted or used outside and watch them usefully disappear.