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Have you heard of the small house movement?  Yeah, neither had I.  Not until I came across it on Wikipedia and learned that I am a subscriber to the small house movement.  Who knew?

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A few years ago, I moved in to an unbelievably small home.  A pit stop of a home.  Passing through town kind of home.  I was lucky this home came equipped with a basement and attic.  I needed that space for my shoe collection.  I stored my boxes of shoes in the attic.  I stored my boxes of collectibles in the basement. What?  Did I just write that?  I have collectibles?  No.  That can’t be right.  I definitely don’t have collectibles.  However, I did find that I had boxes and boxes of things.  Most of those “things” remained unpacked in the basement until they were donated.  Most of those shoes All of those shoes remained unpacked in the attic until they, too, found a new home in the goodwill pile. 

 

There are so many benefits to living in a small home but one of my favorites is that it has forced me to examine what I value.   In an effort to maximize our space, we have embarked on a major purge in our house.  We are tossing, donating and recycling that which serves no purpose anymore and keeping only what we truly value.  As we rid ourselves of unwanted clutter and belongings, we are left surrounded by only those items and belongings that enrich our lives and are meaningful to us.

 

This way of living is a sharp departure from “the bigger is better” way we have been taught.  Our houses, cars, mortgages, tuitions and bills continue to grow while our time and money dwindle as we chase the next great purchase that will make us smarter, thinner, richer, better, brighter, etc.

 

We like this simple way of life that we are creating.  My house was never too small.  My things were just too big.

 

xoxo,

boss lady

 

 

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7 Responses to “small house, big living”

  1. THIS. Yes! We live in a house with no basement and no garage, so our storage is completely limited. We also have very little closet space. So if we don’t use it, we’ve learned to lose it. Every time I go through and purge an area, it feels so good to simplify and let go of the “stuff.”
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    • superfreshbabypants says:

      Right?! It is so funny how little we actually need in life and yet how much we are conditioned to accumulate!!

  2. Deanna says:

    Good to know I’m not the only one! Is that your house in the photo? Very cute!!!

    I live in a condo that is barely 1,000 sq ft so we are purging all the time! And less maintainence so you have more time with your family.

    It’s hard to not compare to many who live in big homes and have fancy cars.
    But I didn’t know there was a small house movement either!
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    • superfreshbabypants says:

      That is not my house but is cute!! I had no idea about the small house movement either but can definitely understand why it exists! Fancy cars are totally are totally lost on me. I can’t wrap my head around the cost of cars and why people spend the money on them!

    • superfreshbabypants says:

      In the land of mcmansions and oversized furniture and chotckes, we are so happy to have a cozy home that doesn’t need to be filled up with crap in every room :)

  3. Sarah says:

    I didn’t know that the small house movement was a thing. This is my 2nd comment on your site today – whoops! I struggle sometimes with the idea of a smaller house when most people I know live in really large houses, but I feel like a smaller house makes my husband and I actually live closer together.
    Anyway- love your way of thinking!
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