To my family’s house we go.
I moved into my house a little over 5 months ago. It was quite a unique move! We live in company housing across a river from my husband’s work so we had to carry everything we own across a foot bridge that crosses the river and up steep concrete steps to the house.
It was an adventure to say the least. This place is wonderful and we feel incredibly blessed to live here. It’s been updated through the years and recently had a major addition done. If you had asked me a few years ago I would have told you, absolutely, I could not live in a house smaller than 1800 sq. ft. No negotiation. I am a homeschooling mom of three boys. I hate clutter. I love to cook. I will not share a bathroom with boys. I. Need. Space. I, I, I!!! Yikes, God has been too nice to me…..what a selfish & spoiled attitude I’ve had!
But God has a sense of humor, and this house sits at just over 1400 sq. ft., even after the addition. And you know what? I CAN live in a smaller house, and I really don’t miss the bigger places we’ve lived! Layout really is everything, and the right attitude is key. This job and this home are a gift-wrapped blessing to us, and I don’t take it for granted for one minute. It’s kind of unreal to me that the relatively small home we live in is so perfectly suited to the way we live life. The living room is a good size (great for family living), the master bedroom is smaller (because we don’t need a ton of space), the upstairs bedroom is long (good for 3 boys to share), the main upstairs bathroom is large and nicely done, the kitchen is big enough (with just enough room for our dining room table), and the basement is perfect for school & play space. Exactly what we need; nothing more, nothing less….how could I not be thankful?!?
Living in a smaller space forces me to only keep things we’ll use and it’s given me the opportunity to organize and build things to make our small spaces comfortable, livable, clean & beautiful. It’s an exciting challenge for me!
So we have been busy, and I look forward to sharing projects around here with you as they’re completed.
Here’s a taste of a few tiny things I did to pretty up the living room:
If you’re even halfway comfortable with a sewing machine (I’m barely there), you simply have to give Ana White’s tab top curtain tutorial a try. One day of work while watching girly movies like Pride & Prejudice & Phantom of the Opera and I had beautiful curtains made out of fabric I love (picked out by my man if you can believe it). And they easily cost less dough than any other comparable quality fabric drapery panels.
Of course, there’s still a long list of things I’d like to do with the living room space, but you have to start somewhere!
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