So I’ve kind of been MIA from my website for the last 5 months… I took a break from my Etsy shop for 2.5 months too.
I had a lot of things to catch up on…deal with… and clean up. Being an adult is hard. And tiring! I always stress the importance of keeping balance in my life but I let it get out of whack there for a while. I was overworking myself on a number of things and wasn’t taking any time for myself.
In the last 5 months, my hubs and I have done a lot of home maintenance, repairs and projects.
Home November 2015
I am going to clean up the website a bit and focus more on learning new things I’m interested in. I’ve enrolled in a yoga studio near my home and it’s been really good for me. I’m transitioning to a vegan diet and lifestyle slowly but surely. It’s a serious learning curve. I’ve just been taking better care of myself… doing things I love…and I’m starting to feel the positive effect.
We are about half way through completely minimizing all our possessions!! Tiny house nation, anyone?? We have made up our minds that we want to live the tiny lifestyle. We are talking about selling our house in 2017 or possibly renting it out. We are thinking we would live in a camper trailer while we build our very own tiny house (on a chunk of land we’ll be buying with family). Doesn’t sound very glamorous to live in a camper trailer…but when we crunched the numbers of how much we’d be saving…let’s just say we’d be able to pay off our house in four years if we put all our extra cash towards the mortgage. That’s nuts.
Saving for something positively and only getting it when you have the cash is SO much smarter. Paying for something negatively (like getting a loan for a car) is the easier option plus you get what you want NOW! But add up all those payments so your salary is strapped out…and you can’t do anything else. I recommend Dave Ramsey’s book The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness for anyone who is DONE with having debt hanging over their head.
It’s interesting when you talk to people about tiny living. They’re either really into it or look at you like they’re thinking… why the hell would you ever do that? We really don’t have people over very often. Mostly it’s just my sisters for coffee dates..but it’s my sisters that we’re buying the land with. So that solves that.
We live in a house with less than 1000 sq ft. But it’s on a 1/4 acre lot with 6 trees. There is a lot of outside maintenance. and it’s a historic home, so when one thing get’s repaired, two more pop up. I LOVE the charm of my home. It’s my dream home, really. But debt hanging over my head is just. not. worth it to me.
We’ve started to feel weighed down by all our possessions and home maintenance and consuming, consuming, consuming. We are ready to feel the freedom of a life without debt and have the cash to travel together. We are ready to live tiny!
The picture below is from the FIRST day of minimizing. We went through our bathroom and Scott’s wardrobe. We came out with 3 donation bags, a pile of sweaters/coats, and 2 garbage bags. The bags are 30 gallon bags! Go us! Since then, we’ve done my craft room and my wardrobe, too.
Even if you couldn’t live in a tiny house, you can still minimize your possessions! Getting rid of things you don’t use, haven’t used yet, or might use one day is ridding your space of stagnant energy.
Your home will have a new and fresh feel about it. I promise.
I recommend the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.
This book is so simple yet it completely changed the way I look at minimizing, getting rid of items, and organizing my space.
If you are interested in learning more about the Tiny House Movement, I have a very full pinterest board that is a great resource in itself! Find it HERE.