Hope you’re all having a great Friday! My de-cluttering is still going strong… I’ve even progressed to furniture! Earlier this week I got rid of a desk by using the free section of Craigs List, and I’m hoping to get rid of a dresser today. We decided that my husband and I can share a dresser for things like underwear and socks, and that way we’ll have more open floor space in our bedroom. Once we get rid of the second dresser, all that will be in our bedroom is the bed and one dresser. I did some more purging in our closet this week, and there’s nothing sitting on the floor at all now – it’s all hanging up or neatly folded (only one or two deep) on the shelves. Much better! I’m also starting to see a difference in terms of cleaning… the house is staying cleaner longer without much effort from us, and when it does need to be cleaned, it’s a faster process. Having empty counters in the kitchen and bathroom means that I can wipe them down more often without having to move a bunch of stuff. Having fewer toys in the living room means there isn’t as much to get tossed around. Piles attract piles, so eliminating random piles of stuff in closets and on shelves means that we’re no longer likely to toss stuff in those spots. I’m having so much fun getting rid of stuff that my desire to go shopping at the thrift stores for entertainment is completely gone!
One of the inspirations for my purging journey has been the Tiny House Blog, which is a fantastic resource and a wonderful read. Even if you aren’t looking to move (we certainly aren’t!) it’s fun to look at all the absolutely fantastic little houses, and it’s a reminder that we don’t really need much in the way of stuff or extra space in order to be happy. If you are considering moving, the Tiny House Blog might inspire you to look for a much smaller place than you originally had in mind.
My husband and I both work from home, and we have a toddler, which together presents a unique challenge in terms of housing… we have to have a place where my husband (who spends quite a bit of time on the phone with clients) can work without house/toddler noises in the background. Having a basement has been perfect for us, and that’s where my husband spends a good chunk of his day. If your work/family situation is like ours, a super tiny house might not work out, but chances are a smaller-than-average one would work just fine. When we moved last year, our primary concern was the yard, as we had big plans for an orchard, berry patch, and huge veggie garden (all in place and growing now!). We didn’t really care one way or another about the house, and ended up with a pretty average-size place (1350 sq feet plus a full unfinished basement). We don’t plan to move again (ever!) but I do want to make our house easier to clean (less stuff is already having that effect) and make sure that it continues to feel spacious… no stuff creeping in around us to fill up the rooms. So even for people who have no desire to actually move to a tiny house, reading about them can be motivating and rewarding.
On another note, I also wanted to share a fantastic blog post from Green And Crunchy. There’s just no way you can scroll through all those awesome pictures and not be inspired to eat something tasty and nutritious. I love how simple so much of their food is… lots of fruits and veggies just cut up – no need to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen. And a huge congratulations to Mama Green And Crunchy, who is going to be a mama again!