OK, so I survived the big move into the new place. And oddly, Christmas is here too. It’s like the moon – no matter where you go, no matter where you live, you just look toward the sky – and there’s a big Christmas tree on top of a shopping mall. It’s everywhere.
Which is good. We need consistency. Especially since we’ve downsized – which encourages you to adjust to a new norm – and there are many pros – and cons.
Pro: You’ve de-cluttered, cut back and scaled down. You’ve reduced your belongings to what you deem your most important and favorite things.
Con: What you deemed important, didn’t line up with the kids. They don’t care that you brought the photo albums. And you didn’t think they’d miss the Wii. At least we all are happy with the microwave.
Pro: You don’t have to yell for your kids for dinner – because they’re standing right next to you all the time.
Con: Your kids are standing right next to you all the time.
Pro: There aren’t as many light switches. There’s one switch for the light and one switch for the fan. And there isn’t another set of switches across the room that turns them off.
Con: You can’t turn the light off from the other side of the room.
Pro: You can find anything and everything, as there are no giant crawl spaces, storage rooms or enormous closets.
Con: There are no enormous closets.
Pro: The kids can’t run through the house, because if they get enough momentum they blow right through the walls.
Con: You have a lot of holes in your walls.
Pro: You can still have a Christmas tree.
Con: It just has to go on the balcony.
Pro: The neighbors across the street LOVE looking at your beautiful Christmas tree!
Con: It’s just a shame you can’t see it.
Pro: You can hear all your kids’ conversations no matter what room you’re in.
Con: You don’t really care about SpongeBob, or who can belch the longest.
Pro: Your payment is less, utilities are cheaper, and you don’t need a housekeeper.
Con: Anything you treat yourself to with the extra money has to go in storage.
Pro: You’re living within your means, you have only what you need, and the most important thing is that you’re all there together.
Con: There isn’t one.
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