Deciding to Live a Millennial Lifestyle in My Forties
Monday, August 27, 2018 at 5:00PM
MS Simplicity


I have been slowly downsizing my life for the last ten years. It began almost out of necessity from a financial perspective. I couldn’t keep up with the Jones’s and realized I really didn’t want to. I began to focus on what came in my home and to stop the thoughtless accumulation of things. I then began a career of helping others focus on what they find essential or brings them joy. It is easy to help other people get rid of their stuff, it is not always easy when it is my own.

Then life happened. Our decision of living a smaller life was forced on us sooner than I was ready for. My husband’s job was eliminated and nine days later we took our youngest son to college. My husband and I made the decision to put the house on the market and downsize from a four bedroom two and a half bath house in the Midwest to a one-bedroom apartment on the west coast.

The more I thought, the more I realized that the millennials are on to something. They are focusing on experiences and not things. Something I have been doing, yet I still had my things. To test my theory, I will ask my kids in their twenties if they want any of our possessions and their answer is almost always no. They don’t want our stuff and I am trying not to pressure them. To read more click here

Article originally appeared on Melissa Schmalenberger, Professional Organizer, Fargo, North Dakota (
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