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When my husband and I decided to downsize from our 2,000 square foot home in Seattle to a 42-foot sailboat, I knew that we had our work cut out for us. Living and raising children in a house for 20 years meant accumulation, even for someone as organized and clutter averse as I am. But I was unprepared for the emotional component of making hard decisions about precious, familiar items that had been in my life for a long, long time.

My essay, Home Waters, describing the experience of downsizing and moving appeared in the April issue of Real Simple magazine. Soon after my inbox was flooded with responses.

It seems there are a lot of us at this stage of life who want to downsize if not for an actual move, then for a shift in our psyches. For peace of mind. I heard from people at different stages of the decision and process and learned that many of us crave the simplicity and peace and freedom that can come from letting go of our possessions.

I hope you enjoy reading about my journey and that it will inspire you on your own.

Read the prize winning story Home Waters here.

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