Consider this post a PSA for those of you who are looking to downsize.

I’ve blogged before about how much I love The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Drew and I started the KonMari method about a month before we moved, shucking about half of our worldly possessions in the process. It’s a fantastic way to pare down to the things which genuinely make you happy. But if you’re planning to start a homestead, for the love of God, don’t make the same mistake I made.

Do not pare down your wardrobe a month before starting a major construction project.

Because you will forget what you’re wearing and hop into a trench, smearing tar all over your favorite long-sleeved t-shirt.

Even soaking this shirt in olive oil and scrubbing it three times with Fels Naphtha couldn't take the tar stain away.

Even soaking this shirt in olive oil and scrubbing it three times with Fels Naphtha couldn’t take the tar stain away.

You will catch your jeans on the tractor and rip out the pocket.

These jeans had a pocket once upon a time.

These jeans had a pocket once upon a time.

You will leave the work site absolutely filthy on some days, covered in dirt and reeking of diesel. And so will your clothes.

(trust me, you don’t want a picture of this)

Mostly, you will find yourself making trips to Goodwill just to buy clothes you don’t mind trashing — clothes similar to the ones you recently donated to Goodwill.

The irony. It hurts.

So if you’re considering a move like ours, heed my words and hold onto your grubby clothes for just a little bit longer. You’ll thank me when you’re through. Trust me.

PSA: A Cautionary Tale About Downsizing
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