The most difficult task of my transition from a 2,000 square foot apartment to a 125 square foot tiny house was downsizing my possessions. I have a weakness for furniture. Antiques and unique furnishings. But, none of my prized pieces would fit inside my tiny home.
Guillaume had troubles of his own. For a man living alone in a 1,000 square foot guest house, he had managed to fill every corner with stuff. Camera gear, scuba gear, surfing, rock climbing and motorcycle gear! So many belongings, most of which were gathering dust.
Our possessions needed to find new homes. They needed to be repurposed, to belong to someone who would use them and understand their worth.
I wish, back then, we had known about Yerdle. Our downsize took over a year. In the end, we sold or gave our belongings away, but it was a slow, painstaking process. Yerdle’s goal is to make downsizing an easy task. They believe in repurposing unwanted, but still useful, belongings. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Why create more waste, when we can simply trade our unused belongings for something we truly want?
If Guillaume and I had used Yerdle, we might have saved ourselves hundreds of hours and earned Yerdle dollars in the process. With our earned Yerdle dollars, we could purchase new belongings for our tiny home, as we need them.
While we were in San Francisco, Yerdle hosted us at their offices in the Mission District. Eager to support the tiny house community, they offered to promote our open house and provide a tasty barbecue lunch for our attendees. We had over 600 people show up to our open house, our largest to date!!
Yerdle also created a fun tiny house quiz, take it and find out: Which tiny house personality are you?
I can’t describe how exciting it was to meet so many people interested in downsizing, and what a perfect location to talk about living small – San Francisco has some of the most expensive real estate in the country. Perhaps, if we practiced living with less and in smaller spaces, we could produce more affordable housing in these highly sought after areas.
Get rid of just one item this week. Two next week. And keep going!
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