Our decision to downsize is not an easy one, after all, we live in a conservative 2-bedroom, 1,069 square foot apartment that has a somewhat awkward living/dining room floor plan.
Before coming to this decision, I did what I do best...made some lists! A pro vs con, an if we move vs if we stay, how much money we'd save & what we'd put it towards, and a few other ones. They all intermingled with each other, but we did it anyways knowing it helped solidify our decision.
When you have, literally, a boat load of student loan debt, a car payment that never seems to end, and a less than 1 year old son who has had one surgery and another scheduled for August, we couldn't help but take a long hard look at our budget. There's not much you can cut out from a tight budget where every penny has a purpose. Then we asked ourselves, what is the one biggest individual payment we make monthly. Easy.
There was a big ole elephant in the room every time we broached the conversation of discussing moving. Let's be honest, does anyone really like to move??? And moving with a baby too!
But, if we downsized apartments within our complex, we could save anywhere from $160-$260 per month, depending on the floor plan and any added amenities that might come with the apartment.
The one big discussion item that kept us leaning towards the, let's do it, was the fact that this would only be for a year. We can do anything for a year, after all our son is about to be a year old.
Let me repeat that. My.Son.Is.About.To.Be.A.YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!
How is that even possible?
If we do this now - live with less - it's something we won't have to do later. It's something that Mark will never know about or even have an opinion on. All he needs is a bed to sleep in and a whole lotta love, both things Dustin and I have for him!
So, we are doing it!
Dave Ramsey says, "Before you can live like anyone else, you must live like no one else."
How do you think people get out of debt each year? By cutting back, and living like no one else! I don't expect people to understand why we want to do this. Let me just interject by saying, we don't necessarily want to do this, but know it's the best decision for our family.
I then decided to Google - blog + living in small spaces with a baby. And what do you know, over 8 million results pulled up. People have done this before!
After going through and reading at least a dozen of those links, I realized this won't be as difficult as we think it will be. We are required to give a 60 day notice in our current unit, so we have time to downsize, get things packed and even try to sell some things.
We are doing this for two reasons - 1) save money, and 2) pay bills.
Can we continue to live just fine in our current apartment? Well, yes, but we don't want to just always live fine. So, here's to us making every penny count for this next year!