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Dealing with a smaller scale lifestyle

Old Sep 7th 2007, 8:27 am
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Originally Posted by simongb
All I want is a one bedroom flat somewhere nice in the UK. That's it. The more stuff you have the more you have to work for it all. I want to step off the treadmill of more, bigger, better and just simplify. I don't buy into the US philosophy of bigger and bigger. I can't wait to get back!
good for you,having too much stuff is a burden that can weigh you down,and stop you looking at potential properties as "i can fit all my furniture in " !!!
weve come back form a 6 bed ,3 living room house,and its annoying having to sell off stuff for peanuts.
i bet its very freeing to have few possessions
(ok freeing prob isnt good grammar !)
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Old Sep 7th 2007, 12:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Cyan
I'm curious as to how people cope with returning to a UK lifestyle where things may be on a much smaller scale (eg property, cars, etc) ? I suppose this question is addressed to those returning from North America but may apply to other parts of the world (eg Australia/NZ/South Africa). I know there will be set responses like it's "all about quality, not quantity" etc but is there a minimum threshold that you will still adhere to ?

I remember the times when I used to return from holidays in Canada, and everything by comparison at home in England felt like I was living in Toy Town. My house felt like a shoe box and my car felt dinky compared to the auto juggernauts across the pond. After a while the feeling subsided but it was depressing while it lasted.

I think it's much easier to alter your mental parameters when you go from small to bigger than vice versa. Thoughts ?
I have a small house and had a smaller car here than I had in the UK....I don't really thing I would notice the size differences of anything...
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It's never bothered me that much. Space in some respects is nice, but it comes with price tags I dislike much more. Financial, evironmental, social and cultural .. besides which someone else mentioned .. cleaning!

Think about which space means most to you, (or your family) then concentrate your efforts and money on trying to retain that element in your life back in the UK.
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Originally Posted by Tootsie Frickensprinkles

Think about which space means most to you, (or your family) then concentrate your efforts and money on trying to retain that element in your life back in the UK.
exactly
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Old Sep 7th 2007, 12:56 pm
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It's true that you do notice a difference when you first arrive back - I'd only been away a year but was surprised at how small rooms/cars/roads looked.

I'm happy to say though that this soon goes and it's surprising how quickly you adapt to your surroundings - after just a few weeks everything seemed so normal again.

You'll probably be far too busy socialising and enjoying life to even notice or care about the size of the cars.

And give me a traditional well built English cottage over a legoland mansion anyday
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They aren't in Wales where Kate is coming back to............
I won't be going back to Wales when I return. I was born and bred in the East Midlands and just lived in Wales for a while. It was lovely where I lived, but still a few hours away from my family, and I can't bear to be more than a trip down the road from them now.
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Originally Posted by LouiseD
And give me a traditional well built English cottage over a legoland mansion anyday
This is very true. I just moved from a rental home that to be honest, was my dream home, but so many times I thought, "I could buy all the standard furniture that a house normally has and it still wouldn't fill it". My hubs recently said that although he loved it too, he never felt like it was "home", and he was raised in the US, so is used to big rooms.
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Originally Posted by katesbackagain
I won't be going back to Wales when I return. I was born and bred in the East Midlands and just lived in Wales for a while. It was lovely where I lived, but still a few hours away from my family, and I can't bear to be more than a trip down the road from them now.
Definitely in the world of proper 24 hour shopping then
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Originally Posted by katesbackagain
I won't be going back to Wales when I return. I was born and bred in the East Midlands and just lived in Wales for a while. It was lovely where I lived, but still a few hours away from my family, and I can't bear to be more than a trip down the road from them now.

I didn't know that..........I quess I just assumed you were from Swansea..........oops. I hope they have 24 hour Tescos in the Midlands then because they sure aren't open 24 hours here.
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Tesco Stores locator in the UK. Insert postcode or town name to find nearest store showing full details of facilities provided, and opening hours.

Remember - on Sundays in the UK supermarkets are only allowed to open between 10:00hrs and 16:00hrs, and on Easter Sunday not at all.

http://www.tesco.com/storelocator/

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Old Sep 8th 2007, 9:19 am
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Asda were kicking up a hissy fit they can't open for longer on Sunday .. think they got quite a shock when the other's not only didnt follow suit but basically said .. **** that. Was quite funny.
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Default Re: Dealing with a smaller scale lifestyle

Originally Posted by Cyan
I'm curious as to how people cope with returning to a UK lifestyle where things may be on a much smaller scale (eg property, cars, etc) ? I suppose this question is addressed to those returning from North America but may apply to other parts of the world (eg Australia/NZ/South Africa). I know there will be set responses like it's "all about quality, not quantity" etc but is there a minimum threshold that you will still adhere to ?

I remember the times when I used to return from holidays in Canada, and everything by comparison at home in England felt like I was living in Toy Town. My house felt like a shoe box and my car felt dinky compared to the auto juggernauts across the pond. After a while the feeling subsided but it was depressing while it lasted.

I think it's much easier to alter your mental parameters when you go from small to bigger than vice versa. Thoughts ?
It all depends how materialistic a person is,with the right person I would be very happy in a tent and a pushbike
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Old Sep 8th 2007, 3:45 pm
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It all depends how materialistic a person is,with the right person I would be very happy in a tent and a pushbike
How very true I might not fancy living in a Tent as such but I get your point.
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Default Re: Dealing with a smaller scale lifestyle

Originally Posted by Cyan
I'm curious as to how people cope with returning to a UK lifestyle where things may be on a much smaller scale (eg property, cars, etc) ? I suppose this question is addressed to those returning from North America but may apply to other parts of the world (eg Australia/NZ/South Africa). I know there will be set responses like it's "all about quality, not quantity" etc but is there a minimum threshold that you will still adhere to ?
I found it difficult adjusting moving out to Oz and returning!! When we arrived there I couldnt understand why people need 4 x 2 houses with a games room!! so bought a 3 x 1 but after a couple of years we did exactly the same and built 4 x 2 with a home theatre!!

On returning to the UK 6 years later we rented a large 4 bedroom house with study, conservatory, etc, etc thinking we needed the space and just couldnt adapt to smaller living. I was glad to get out of that place, it felt too big, we hadnt enough furniture for it and also it cost us a fortune in rent and to heat Family couldnt understand why we were doing it We also bought a really big car because it was "what we are used to". I have been back over 12 months now and we live in a cosy 3 bedroom 1 bathroom home (although I do miss that second bathroom!!) which I absolutely love and the kids love it too - they really couldnt care about size of bedrooms. I am also thinking of getting a smaller car - it just costs way too much to run here and in all honesty I dont need a big car.

What I am saying in a nut shell is that you will slowly re-adjust to dealing with the lack of space (hopefully!!)
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Default Re: Dealing with a smaller scale lifestyle

Originally Posted by Tootsie Frickensprinkles
It's never bothered me that much. Space in some respects is nice, but it comes with price tags I dislike much more. Financial, evironmental, social and cultural .. besides which someone else mentioned .. cleaning!
My thoughts too! We live in a house that's about 1500sqft with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom and a relatively small garden. I didn't want the McMansion, SUVs etc., which is just as well since we couldn't have afforded it when we first moved here anyway.
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