Upsize, downsize and right-size. If you’re like me, you spend an inordinate amount of time and energy getting it all just right. Sometimes I feel as if the size of everything matters more than it should.
Size Matters, the title of the photo challenge created by SueW and GC this week got me thinking about the size of things. They ask if bigger is always best. My short answer? It depends.
My immediate response was, ‘Of course not’. But when I thought about it, I realised a more moderate response would have been, ‘It depends.’ A bit like the size of the beds, chairs and plates of porridge in the story of the three bears.
Upsize downsize and right-size
It stands to reason that size of things depends entirely on a person’s or family’s wants, needs and desires. It depends on what’s appropriate at any given time. For example, families with children might need more room in their homes than singles or couples without children.
They might need larger vehicles that meet the safety and legal requirements of a car seat for each child under a certain age or weight or height. They probably need more storage space for possessions including hobbies.
Some people need bigger salaries, bank accounts or share portfolios to support their life-style. Others may have more modest needs, and feel happier without the stress of managing a fortune.
Some want bigger muscles than others because they want to look better or feel fitter, or because they do manual work or play elite sport.
Getting the size of everything right for one’s current needs can be a constant juggling act as circumstances change. There’s a time and season to upsize and downsize. The trick is to get the balance, to right-size.
Here are some things that are the right size for me now
- Our perfect-for-us apartment. While it would not work for everyone, our two bedrooms and a living room which incorporates a kitchen, dining and sitting room suit us perfectly. The long sunny-in-winter, shaded-in-summer balcony delights us. Working in the tiny study nook with everything within reach works well for me. I’ve written about our apartment here, and about downsizing here.
- Our neighbourhood. I love the way I can walk to almost everything I need, including parks and shops, doctors and the train if I want to go further afield.
- The kitchen, which is well-equipped with everything I use regularly and only a couple of extra gadgets. Oh, and the muffin pans!
The things I’m working on
- My weight and clothes size. Still need to down-size further, but I’m delighted that my new jeans are smaller than the previous pair I bought.
- My fitness, which should be measured in terms of ‘more’ rather than size.
- The pile of muffin pans and, now I’m thinking seriously about them, cake tins generally. I have far too many of both. But somehow I can’t bring myself to get rid of them. Yet!
What isn’t working
- Books. Try as I might, the size of our library seems to be stuck at far too big for our current needs, wants and desires.
- My to-do list, which is much bigger than anyone’s to-do list should be. The trouble seems to be that I add more than I ever seem to finish these days. I guess it’s about big hopes, dreams and aspirations. I’m not ready to downsize those. Yet!
My short answer to this challenge seems to be, bigger is not always best. It depends on too many factors and whether you need to upsize downsize or do something different..