My Mission to Live Small

Lately I’ve been overcome with the desire to purge, purge, purge. I started with my sewing room and allowed myself to part ways with several half-constructed projects that I had told myself “I’ve really got to finish that ____ soon!” too many times to count.

The desire for a deep clutter purge had already started to set in when the Hubs insisted that we watch the documentary TINY: A Story About Living Small the other week on Netflix.

tiny house
Isn’t the interior wood just gorgeous?! {Click the image to be taken to Tiny House Talk for more details & photos of Chris’ tiny house!}

While watching Chris build his tiny house on wheels and move to the middle of nowhere to live off the grid was inspiring, it did not make me want to build my own tiny house on wheels (if that boy was struggling that hard, I know it’d be the death of me). However, it did solidify the fact that I enjoy living in a small house.

At 1126 square feet my house doesn’t meet the definition of “tiny”, but it’s smaller than most. I love the fact that the small space keeps us from collecting too much junk. We have to be strategic about new purchases – forcing us to be very thoughtful in considering new items (whether it’s a new pair of pants to add to my already cramped and very teeny closet or a new chair because it’s “such a good deal” but where will it go?!).

Living in a small house really forces your creativity and organization skills to flourish and I love that.

Speaking of neat-freak-ness, one of the houses I loved from the documentary was the couples’ below. It was full of crisp white decor which I loved. {The minute the husband said something about one of the contraptions hiding all the “ugly cords” I knew I was watching a fellow neat freak who had learned to live peacefully in a small space…thus, I can do this!}

{Click the image to be taken to Tiny House Talk for more photos & details}

The Hubs and I have dreams of building a mountain house someday (hopefully soon!) so living small, keeping ourselves from going “mortgage broke” and refusing to purchase just for the sake of purchasing help us keep our eyes on the prize. The tiny living and minimalistic movements that are spreading keep me inspired. I even started a Tiny Living inspiration board on Pinterest (follow me here so we can be pinning twins!).

I also recently read an article debating whether sewing can make you a happier person (obviously, yes! 😉 ). In the post, Sarai makes the argument that once we are able to meet our basic needs, additional money and possessions are irrelevant when it comes to improving our well-being. The post is a good read for those of you crafters who are often wondering whether making it is really worth it.

On that note, I leave you with this quote from Becoming Minimalistic’s Facebook page:

wanting less

Author: Jordan Slice-Metcalfe

My name is Jordan. I'm a full-time working mom whose coffee cup is always half full (and probably still in the microwave). I've got a weak spot for rescuing old dogs, pretending pizza is a vegetable, negotiating dessert with every meal, propagating more plants than any home needs, dreaming of sewing projects while my husband is talking to me, and loving my tribe too deep.

12 thoughts on “My Mission to Live Small”

  1. Great post! My husband and I just moved from 1600 square feet to 1300. He has an office and so do I, and we’re both LOVING the smaller, more manageable home. Purge is required, and welcome! Thanks for the great links, also. I’ve followed you on Pinterest, and liked the Minimalist fb page. Can’t wait to see more about this in the future. 🙂

    1. That sounds fabulous Gail! Tips & tricks for purging are welcome! I am struggling w/ stuff I know I should toss, but haven’t! I’ll go follow you back on Pinterest! 🙂 thanks for reading my lil blog!

  2. I love this!!! I’ve been meaning to watch that maybe now I will. I do mini purges once a month and my home is still cluttered with stuff. Maybe one day;)

  3. We have 1300 sq foot and I am trying to figure out how we can go smaller. When we moved last fall we downsized from 1700 sq feet and an outside shed to the apartment. We purged a lot to move and I am ready to get rid of more. It makes life less heavy.

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