When we moved last summer, we shaved off about a third of the square footage we were use to living in.
We had a baby shortly after, and it turns out they require a lot of, you know, stuff. I'm no math genius but I'm pretty sure this equaled out to us losing about 99.9% of the space we had in our last house.
There's a lot of really good reasons we did this that would take up their own post, so I'll save it for later. The point of this post is to celebrate that my husband and I are (ever so slowly) learning how to be small-space people.
This has been huge for me. Mainly because I spend a vast majority of my time here.
Here's what I've learned:
Less Space = Less Stuff
No, really. I say this because we "understood" before we moved that we'd have to get rid of a lot of stuff and even looked forward to de-cluttering, but we had no idea.
There is some sort of therapy to giving away or selling everything you don't need, and then doing it again, and then again, and then one more time. Our definition of "what we need" has changed quite a bit.
Best Be Organized
Uhhhhh.... yeah. There's exactly this much room for disorganization. Unless you're cool with shoving over a pile of stuff every time you need to sit down.
Also, it's not an "organize once and you're done" kind of thing. We've only been here half a year, so I still walk into the kitchen and rearrange every few weeks. It's all a matter of really figuring out how you live in your space. Which kind of leads me to my next point....
Think Marathon, Not Sprint
This is probably true for any home that has to be furnished/decorated on a budget. Few people have the moolah to finish their entire living space in a weekend.
I've noticed this to be more true when we downsized. Example? Decor often needs to do double-duty. We don't really have the space for many things to be purely aesthetic... some things, but not many.
This might be the hardest one for me, as having things constantly unfinished makes the little vein in my forehead pulse. Though after taking a few breathes, I've learned to appreciate the process. Something about taking your time settling in turns a house into a home.
So, here's a few pics of where we're at in the process, hence the post title, because it felt like it only took a couple snaps of the camera to capture most of the place. Enjoy! (And understand that I do not claim to be an interior decorator.)
|Favorite room in the house because it is the most finished, the guest bathroom/Z's bathroom. I chose the amazingly bright orange color myself. My husband made fun of me but I don't care because it makes me happy every time I walk in.|
|Wanna guess where I found that fun shower curtain? BIG LOTS. Seriously, I underestimate that place. I wanted something that would be cute for kids, but not covered in rubber ducks.|
|The hallway that holds our china hutch that doubles as a bookshelf. This sucker is going to have to be baby-proofed very, very soon.|