Right now, I am in the middle of moving and no matter how much stuff I really try not to have, I still seem to have a fair amount of, well, stuff. If it were just me, I would have very little and live in a very small space. I am good at living frugally and don't get too excited about material items - except my iPhone, my MacBook and once upon a time I had a really nice motorcycle and sports car. *sigh*
Anyway, I keep things pretty simple, but having a toddler requires STUFF! A crib, changing table, toys, diapers, a Diaper Champ, lots of food (she just keeps eating and eating), clothes, books... Even with that being said, I still don't have too much, but packing for a move seems to show you the reality about what you "need" and don't need. I have thrown out at least 4-5 bags of junk, have 5 large bags ready for charity donation, have sold a few items on Craigslist and have given a few bags of baby items to friends. And I'm still not done.
The move is primarily to save money. I will be saving over $830 a month on rent in my new house and it is just that... a HOUSE! I will be going from an upscale 3 bed/2 bath condo on a loud, busy street to a 2000 sq ft house with a small pool and access to 4 other pools, hot tub, sauna and tennis courts. It's on a quiet, residential street and only a couple blocks from the park I take my daughter to several times a week. It's even closer to some of my closest friends and it's only a little over a mile from where I am now! I couldn't be happier. Well, I'll be happier when the moving is done, but I'm excited too.
Wish me luck in the final stretch of the journey. The moving guys are coming Wed morning to move the big and heavy items, so I have a lot to do tomorrow to get ready for them. Let's hope my back holds out!