We just got back from our Florida snowbird experiment and we really enjoyed ourselves. We stayed at a terrific villa in a sprawling Orlando resort complex. The weather was great for the most part, we met up with a lot of friends, and we enjoyed many of the fun things to do.
While the villa is just a fraction of the size of our home in Minnesota, it was terrific for our needs. Two bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, two baths, laundry, and a sunny screen porch. It even had a big jacuzzi tub in the master bath. I’m guessing the total square feet were less than 1K, but it fit like a glove for our needs – even when we had people come visit us for 6 of the nights we were there.
Coming home, it’s making me wonder if it is time to more seriously explore downsizing? This morning, as I was carrying laundry across the house, from our bedroom to our laundry room, I commented to my wife on what a (relatively) long walk it was. We’ve enjoyed having a bigger house – especially as cold as it is in MN – but living in the smaller villa was a useful lesson in living with less.
We built our house 10 years ago and our expectation was that we would live there at least until our son graduated from college. That’s just months away at this point. Our original long-term plan was to sell the house after he moved out and ‘split’ the equity with a smaller place in MN and a sunny getaway in FL or AZ.
Since our son moved to an apartment last year – and stopped coming home for the summer – we’ve been informally discussing that plan.
Coming back from our snowbird experiment – and expecting that we will do it again next year – means the discussion will likely escalate in 2020. We’re not in a hurry – this decision could easily stretch out a few years – but I think we’ve ‘arrived’ at the point where we at least need to develop a plan.
How did you start considering downsizing? What were or will be the triggers for you?
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