Just over one week ago, we left the house where we have spent the last 4 years in Cordoba. A lot of living had been done in that house and it was an emotional goodbye.
When we moved to Cordoba in early 2011, we had just spent 5 months in Bariloche, Argentina. We left our two dogs there and had driven with our eldest daughter from Bariloche, across the Andes mountains to Puerto Montt, Chile and north through Chile to Santiago.
Cordoba, Argentina was to be our sight-unseen home. A few nights in a hotel and a temporary rental in downtown Cordoba led us to an exploratory drive where we stumbled upon the house and neighborhood where we've spent the last 4 years.
That house, while not perfect, was partially furnished and in a great neighborhood. We moved in when daughter #1 was just over 3 years old and our two Pugs joined us soon after their extended vacation in Bariloche. We were a whole different family unit when we moved in. Parents, one child and two dogs. Now, after the birth of Daughter #2 IN that house (who is now the age of daughter #1 upon move in) and the deaths of both dogs in that house, we are a completely different family upon moving out.
So... After strained contract negotiations with the owner of that house, we knew that this was an opportunity to change. We opted to stay in the neighborhood, took a referral and found a great little house that I will call the "casita" just across the plaza from our "old" one. In fact, even our street name is the same, just the number has changed.
We are taking this opportunity to re-group and reevaluate our possessions and in fact, our needs. Truth is, we don't NEED half of the stuff that we own and it doesn't bring joy to our lives (see my post on Mari Kando's Art of Tidying Up)
At first glance, it looks like we are crazy.
We went from a large, furnished 3 bedroom/3 bath home with a pool and garage (and much more space than we needed) to a very cozy 3 bedroom/3 bath that needs work and furniture. Bedrooms/baths aside, the casita about 1/3 the living space of our previous home but honestly, we love it.
Maybe we thrive on change and things had gotten a bit stale after 4 years at the other house. Maybe we are looking for adventure. Maybe both. The excess is being sloughed away and the essentials are coming to light. This is a test for the type of small living that we have always wanted and will seek out in the future, whether that is in the USA, Europe or elsewhere.
We are convinced that our family does not need 2000+ SF to live in. The casita has about 300 SF on the main floor and I am estimating about 500 SF on the upper level (which extends over the carport). It is efficient. Every inch counts and there is thankfully no more yelling across the house to get someone to hear you. We had rooms in the last house that were never used. For us, it wasn't worth the cost to rent and maintain when something smaller is much more fulfilling.
We will miss that big house and swimming pool and will always reminisce about the good times and the changes that happened within those walls. Goodbye big house, you were excessive but we loved you nonetheless.
Now we look forward to streamlining our lives even further and saving a ton of money in the process. Onward and upward!!