A “Simple Living Over 50 Moment”, Where do you Call Home?

Kadish-Ethan-Home-Sweet-Home-arcHome is certainly where the heart is and where ever it is that we call home we should always have the opportunities to feel secure, safe and loved. We need to know that there is always a hot shower available when we need it and a warm bed to sleep in. A place to prepare the food we eat and a place for loved one’s to visit on occasions. It is home, a place we long to return to after a hard day of work or a long trip away. It is a place where we find the comfort of just those simple needs can be found.

As we get closer to our golden years too many of us struggle with issues of the ego where their homes have certainly outgrown their simple needs. The kids have grown and are out on their own, but we like to feel that they should always have a place to visit that they once called home. It doesn’t matter if it is something we pay a mortgage on or something we rent. It is always home. Somewhere along the line we feel a certain shift in our thoughts about this home we live in. We have bedrooms that never get used and certain places on the floor that are never walked upon. We realize that we are heating and cooling area’s of our home that no longer serve a true purpose of living, yet we continue to clean these area’s as if they still did serve a purpose. This shift in our mind slowly brings about thoughts of how much easier life could be by living in a smaller space. We see items that fill our shelves, our garages, basements and attics. Items that we haven’t touched in years and still they stand.

This slight shift in thinking is a “Simple Living Over 50” moment and it will weigh upon us until we actually start to take action. Once we come to the conclusion that it is time to make a move we go into a certain pattern of thinking by simply making plans and checking the real estate listings. We decide that we want to rid our homes of all of this “stuff” that stands in our way each day and figure out a way to get it out of our homes. We want more freedom to do the things each day that bring us joy. We realize that, yes, we are getting older and time is certainly limited. Questions arise like – How do I want to live each day at this point in my life? I have lived so many years serving others, is it finally my time to spend time the way I always envisioned my happy self living? Can I do this?

By living in a smaller place and having less stuff gives us the freedom to pursue things that at one time in our lives we only dreamed of. A cheaper mortgage, or no mortgage at all or a smaller rent amount. Our monthly expenses would be so much cheaper also. This means maybe, just maybe we could work less hours. Cleaning a smaller home would be so much easier than cleaning a big one. And maybe we could live in area’s that we really like to live rather than amongst the sprawling rows of homes in the suburbs.

There are so many right now already making these moves to smaller homes, 55+ communities, and even RV’s or tiny homes. Each trying to break away from the task of supporting and maintaining a home in which has outgrown them. It is not an easy decision to make as it is both emotional and physically draining to get through the process, but I do believe that the sun does shine brighter on the other end. Where are you right now, and where do you truly want to be? Where do you call home?


I am feeling a little better this morning and yesterday I was able to pinpoint exactly what the problem was. As it turns out the battle has been going on in my gut as I made many trips to the bathroom. I haven’t been very hungry and when I force myself to eat I have problems. I will simply continue to eat little, do little and allow my immune system to continue killing whatever bacteria I have trying to take over.

Blood Sugar- 138, Weight- 178.8

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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13 Responses to A “Simple Living Over 50 Moment”, Where do you Call Home?

  1. Yes, I’m reaching that point where “stuff” is getting in the way of my enjoyment of life. Remember my parents getting to this point too. I’m going to be brave and embrace it after reading your blog!

  2. Maryanne says:

    Hi Bill, I’m relating to this in a different way — I’m looking for a new “home” in business. After seven years of being self employed, with a growing business that I can’t find proper help/management, I’m throwing in the towel and seeking a full-time job. I’m just very tired and want to feel like I have a normal life again, but not quite ready to retire. I’m so excited about a “new home” and have a second interview on Thursday for something I think I’ll love! True, change is difficult, but the challenge is fun and exciting! πŸ™‚

  3. New Journey says:

    You just explained our life, my husband and I…we have traveled the entire USA looking for somewhere else, that proverbial place on the other side, greener and cheaper, but just as good…we started the down sizing of all the “stuff” nice way to say the crap we’ve accumulated LOL but it has been a bit overwhelming to say the least…we have decided after much looking mind you, that here is where home will be until the end…we will continue to RV all over but keep this house, as home base…we couldn’t live anywhere else for any cheaper or comfort….but its sure fun to dream about moving…leaving all the clutter behind and one last big sort through of our lives treasures (another nice word for crap-LOL) but then again, if we sort it all out – what will the kids have to do after we’re gone….LOL

    • LOL, the funny thing is that we tried to give away all of that “stuff” right now and they didn’t want it. So why would they want it after we leave this earth. It would just be a pile of crap that they will have to spend money on getting rid of. The things myself I wish that my grandparents would have left behind was a lifetime journal of their lives and hence I blog.

  4. Coach Mary says:

    Exactly our feelings being over 50. Last child will be leaving soon after college graduation. Home is too large for two of us and much to much yard to tend to these days. You have a great way to put it into words.

  5. cherylfoston says:

    Hi Bill, I enjoy watching those tv shows that show case folks downsizing to those tiny homes. It all sounds good and looks good, and it even looks easy. However, I do wonder how long they last in those homes. Downsizing is hard, especially when you have a lot of stuff and are use to so much more space. It is really about your mindset and sticking to it. You are so right, in stating if your children doesn’t want the stuff now, what makes us think they will want it later on. You are funny! I hope you are feeling better. I shall keep you in my prayers for healing. Keep up the good work you are doing for yourself. Take care!

  6. hsampson says:

    Thanks Billy! As usual very informative and you always make me reflect and redefine my ideas! Thanks again Bro!

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