What does it take to downsize ?
One alternative is to consider living in a trailer.
When we were in SW Florida we were able to buy a somewhat forlorn looking “Park Model” as they call it. It was a Gulf Stream trailer with a Lanai addition that had seen better days. We also inherited a cluttery side area.
Because of our homestead mentality and my experience in building and renovation, we tackled a new adventure. I had to learn about trailers and aluminum construction. These lanai structures were all around us in Florida covering pools, making sunspaces , etc.
I quickly became, according to one of my neighbors, an aluminum master– We were able to change it into a good looking home.
We made a nice sitting area on the side.
We also changed the lanai area into a Kitchen and Living Room.
Comfortable, Cheap to Keep, (no room for a garden).
Be assured, this way of living is very possible without taking on a building project like we did. I’m just sharing our experience. It was great for where we were at the time.