Why We Chose Home Location Over Size


When Zak and I made the decision to move to Columbus, there were many conversations about which neighborhood we wanted to live in and what was most important to us.  We were fortunate enough to sell our home back in Akron incredibly fast, so we had to find an apartment very quickly.

We made the decision to majorly downsize and get an apartment in an amazing spot in Italian Village, walking distance to so many of our favorite places.  At first it was quite an adjustment going from our large townhouse to a 1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment.  But it was therapeutic in a way to let go of a lot of our large furniture and possessions.


Even though we know we won’t be in a small apartment forever, here’s why it’s perfect for us for right now…

ONE // Walkability

My favorite thing about where we live is the location and walkability.  We love being able to walk to our favorite restaurants, bars and ice cream shops.  Walking to yoga every evening has become one of the highlights of my day. 

TWO // Less Possessions = Less Stress

Downsizing meant getting rid of some larger furniture, unused knickknacks in our home and streamlining our closets.  (yes, that really was the worst part).  But it’s nice having less responsibility for “stuff” and cleaning said stuff. We love having the freedom to spend more quality time together, experiencing the city.

THREE // Quality Over Quantity

We are much more thoughtful about our purchases now that we have limited storage space and tend to buy fewer, higher quality items.  No more runs to Target where I fill up my cart with random home décor, candles or pillows we don’t actually need.  We’d rather invest in one awesome thing for our home versus a bunch of little unneeded items.

Have you ever downsized during a move?  What tips, tricks and lessons did you learn?





Sweater: Rag & Bone

Jeans: Madewell

Bag: Madewell Transport Tote

Watch: Daniel Wellington

Boots: Madewell


Photos by Folchi Photography


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  1. I totally don’t blame you!! Location seriously makes such a big difference and it really does feel good to purge and downsize!

  2. we are currently in the home buying process and feel the same way. This time in life- the smaller the better 😉

  3. I just went through this myself, although moving across country from the East to Colorado. It was liberating to move on from things and we too are loving the city life. Looking at purchasing a home in the next few months. Still deciding about proximity and size on that one.

    PS: You’re gorgeous. ! 🙂