Tiny Living in Charleston

About one week ago Nick and I celebrated our one year Charleston anniversary! It’s so crazy how full this last year has been. We moved South, we got married, I found an amazing job, and we just moved-again!

We moved right onto King Street in downtown Charleston. If you told us a year ago we’d be living here, I would’ve laughed and said “HOW!” But, life is full of surprises! We moved into the heart of it all & I have to say, even after we signed the lease and moved our things in (on a busy Saturday of the Wine + Food weekend….oh boy), I was so terrified that we were going to regret our choice.

Change can be so difficult to get used to, especially when you don’t consider yourself to be a city girl but you move smack dab into downtown! We are still adjusting each day, but now that we have about 98% of our belongings put away, it’s feeling so much better. Real life: Star Wars pillows & a hoodie on the back of the couch.

If there’s anything I learned already from this move, it’s that we have too much crap. We have the most amazing friends who helped us move, while openly and very loudly judging/cursing us for all the stuff we have..hehe. But seriously, I vowed that this year will be the year that we get rid of the “excess” and only keep what has meaning or function. Okay, that sounds way too minimalist for me and this is going to be a hard process, but you get my idea.

We went from a 2 bedroom apartment with a full sized washer and dryer to a loft apartment (with a kick-ass spiral staircase!) with no dishwasher or washer and dryer. If that isn’t an adjustment, I don’t know what is haha.

 

By downsizing the amount of our belongings (including my closet…wah), I hope to gain a better sense of fulfillment by owning items and pieces that add value to our lives. Has anyone ever gone on a “mission” like this before? Although it’s not really a phase, it’s a lifestyle. My days of stopping at Target on my way home from work to “grab one thing” are over, for now. I haven’t driven my car in over a week (I can walk to work)…what is happening? I miss you, Target.

I’m pretty excited to harness the character of our apartment and really make it ours, while appreciating the value of a small space. Huge houses are beautiful, don’t get me wrong…but right now I definitely appreciate having less space to clean! We do, however, find joy in gawking around town at the big gorgeous houses and hoping that we run into Bill Murray.

What are your favorite Charleston hot spots?! We have so much exploring to do..I’ll probably never check everything off my list!

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