Tidy Tuesday- Help Me Help You!

Jordan and I share a workspace in our bedroom. It’s cramped, but needed since he is in school and occassionally has film projects to work on at home and I need a designated work space as well for doing my bidnez and writing.

His side of the desk has drawers underneath, so I store all my stuff in a cube cubby shelf next to our bed.

A lot of our stuff is hidden away in drawers and boxes, but I like to display certain things because they make me happy. You can see that Jordan has a few things on display as well…🙄 😂❤NERD!

Tell me, is this helpful? VALIDATE ME! Lol, just kidding. I’m just trying to think what you guys would want to see.

Give me some ideas with specific things you need ideas or help on so I can make future posts more detailed!

Please and thank you!

Happy tidyjng!!!

Tidy Tuesday- A Challenge for all you Bookish Peeps

I’m starting a new weekly post.

Every Tuesday, I’ll share a new tidying tip, hack, or challenge.

This week is books!

These are all the books we own right now, including the kids’ books.

Someday when I have space, I want a library. Books are the one thing that I feel okay slightly hoarding. Ok, fine, I want Belle’s library from Beauty and the Beast! Gimme all the books!!!

But for now, I just keep books that are close to my heart or have impacted me greatly. And I organize mine by color because it makes me happy😁

Books used to be harder to get rid of than my other sentimental things. It felt wrong to let them go, but I finally learned to let go of the ones I knew I would never read again and let someone else go on the same as adventure.

My challenge for you today is to go through your books this week. Follow Marie Kondo’s advice and let go of anything that no longer “sparks joy” for you.

Who is watching her show on Netflix? Isn’t she the cutest?

Happy tidying, friends!

How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

This isn’t a new thing, but here’s my take on creating a capsule wardrobe.

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing that is strategically designed so that all items of clothing can be mixed and matched in many different outfits. It saves you money, space, and time picking out your outfits.

Now I wouldn’t necessarily recommend having a 5 piece wardrobe. That’s a little extreme and I like having options. But I do think that it’s important to be thoughtful about the clothing you put in your closet.

Before we start, I want you to ask yourself these questions.

•Do you have clothes that you only own because you found it on sale?

•Do you have clothes that don’t fit you anymore?

•Do you own clothing you hate, but only keep because they fit?

•Does your wardrobe make you feel confident?

•Does doing your laundry completely overwhelm you?

Those are just a few things to think about while you start going through your closet.

Now listen up! Here’s how you can create your own capsule wardrobe!

Consider what clothing categories you need

Do you mostly wear casual clothes? Do you need business attire for work? Most of us need at least formal outfit for events or that annual office Christmas Party.

Make a list of what you think you need including how many you can get away with.

Here’s an example of what mine looked like. My wardrobe is fairly casual since I am a stay at home mom and I work from home as well.

That is a pretty basic capsule wardrobe to start out with.

I know some of you think that’s just insane and not enough. Don’t come at me with your pitchforks yet though.

The idea of this capsule wardrobe is that these are going to be your wardrobe staples. I’m not telling you to limit your number to anything, this is just an idea of what works for some people.

I will be the first to admit to you that I have more than 5 shirts and 3 sweaters. But I try to keep it close to that so that I’m not hoarding clothing that I never wear. Y’all, I know you have your favorite outfits that you cycle through and then you have those clothes in the back that you hate but you keep in case you run out of clean laundry…

I don’t know about you, but I want to feel good about myself in everything I wear, even if I am just lounging around at home scarfing down nachos. I’m just saying…

Let’s look at a few more tips to help you cultivate that capsule wardrobe.

Consider your laundering habits

Having a 5 piece wardrobe just isn’t going to work if you aren’t committed to doing your laundry more often. Keep it realistic.

I keep enough underwear to last me a week and a day because I know that at least once a week, we do laundry. Adjust it according to your habits. But ya know…also do your laundry. Just kidding. I’m not your mom!

Another tip is not to buy pieces that all have to go to the dry cleaners if it’s unlikely that you’ll take them. Yoohoo, I’m referring to me, the girl too lazy to make a trip out of the house to clean a fancy coat. It’s going in the washing machine, thank you very much.

Coordinate and Strategize

This is the fun part. When you look at your wardrobe staples, it’s up to you what kind of style these pieces have. Many people stick to classic styles and neutral colors so their clothing pieces can coordinate and pair together more.

But you can totally pick a different style and/or color scheme to make it represent you!

The idea is to plan your wardrobe strategically so that all your clothing pieces can create countless combinations. You can avoid becoming bored of wearing the same outfits all the time by changing it up often even with less clothing.

Look at Pinterest or clothing catalogs to get ideas of styles you like.

You do you, boo!

How to Accumulate Pieces your Capsule Wardrobe

Hey, I know it’s not realistic for you to go out there and buy a new wardrobe all in one go. Or maybe you’re floating down an infinite river of cashflow and you can afford to buy a new wardrobe every week. I don’t know your life.

I for real wish Stacey and Clinton from TLC’s What Not to Wear could come back and start handing out credit cards to all of us to buy new clothes. But I haven’t seen them in years. Seriously, where are they now?

Instead here’s some ideas that might be more doable for ya.

Save up, acquire piece by piece, don’t blow all your paycheck on a wardrobe.

Try to find quality pieces that will last a lifetime. Cheap clothing on sale might seem like a steal, but in the long run, you’ll have to replace it sooner.

One of my favorite things to do is shop at thrift stores. You would be surprised what high quality clothing and unique pieces you can find.

Another idea is to shop on Thredup.com. They carry second-hand clothing for huge discounts and sometimes you can find items that still have tags. Check it out! (I am not affiliated with this company, I just honest-to-goodness freaking love it!)

I hope that some of these tips were helpful to those of you seeking to downsize your wardrobe or just be more strategic about clothing purchases!

Happy tidying!

What Motherhood (Honestly) Means to Me

I had to shut my mouth at church on Sunday because in our class, the question was asked, “What does motherhood mean to you?”

While everyone started spouting off all the reasons motherhood was so special and meaningful to them, I nodded and smiled in agreement even though my insides were screaming out snarky comments that my 14 year old self would be extremely proud of. But I had to reign in that snarky me, because nothing I could have contributed would have served the uplifting message being shared.

I don’t blame the person who gave the lesson. I’m sure her topic was inspired for many of the women sitting in class who needed to be reminded of their sacred roles as mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, teachers, etc. Because the overall message is that we are all mothers in some way, even if we don’t have any children. Which is a beautiful message…if you’re not where I am right now.

Because right now, what motherhood means to me is loss of identity. Having so little freedom that a simple bathroom trip alone feels like I’m personally offending my children because I’d like to poop without them hovering in front of me and staring into my soul.

Motherhood means I’m constantly exhausted and never catch up on sleep because nobody guards my sleep or my naps the way I guard my kids’ bedtimes and naps.

Motherhood means I’m constantly failing at something. Not giving my kids enough veggies, giving them too much screentime, yelled at them too much yesterday, spoiled them too much today. No matter where I turn, there is judgment galor from family, friends, aquaintances, and complete strangers. And countless studies telling me that I will land my kids in therapy for letting them cry themselves to sleep so I can get enough sleep to function through the day. It means guilt, inadequacy, and shame are my constant companions. I would much rather prefer Snap, Crackle, and Pop. They are more fun to hang out with.

Motherhood means that everytime I try to take some much needed time to myself, it feels like a drug I can never get enough of. I’m counting down the hours until bedtime so I don’t have to hear my children calling my name. I’m waiting for the next stolen moments I can get alone with a chocolate bar and a Dr. Pepper, because that’s the closest thing to heaven right now. Seriously, thank you Lord for Dr. Pepper. I know it’s probably slowly killing me, but it’s ok since I’m already dead inside.

Motherhood means I give all of myself and more and often get nothing but screaming, stomping, and crying in return. The thankless little jerks. My only consolation is knowing my grandkids will someday do the same thing to them. Karma is a b–

Motherhood means that instead of home being a haven, my house has become a prison where I lock myself away from the judging eyes of others. Where I spend my days in isolation as my kids stagger nap times and drain all my energy and motivation and will to live. Basically, my kids are dementors. That’s fun. Expecto patronum!!!….Nah, that didn’t work.

Motherhood means that I neglect my friendships with my girlfriends because I’m too busy running my own personal circus. It means that I grow apart from people that I desperately want to stay connected with. It means I have no close friends because I can’t keep up with nurturing a close friendship. Sorry babes, I love you, it’s just that I’m walking on a tightrope while juggling a million different responsibilities. Come to think of it, it’s more like dental floss, not rope.

Motherhood means that I neglect my marriage. I have no energy left to spend time with my husband. My husband comes home to an empty shell of a woman, too tired and done with life to be loving or affectionate. It means that the irritation that’s been building all day everytime my kids whine for me gets unleashed on him. It means harboring little resentments that I know have no place in a relationship, yet I can’t completely help because he gets to go to work and be away from the kids and have adult conversations. And he doesn’t have to share his food, gosh dang it!!!

Motherhood means that I have lowered my standards of beauty. Of personal hygiene. It means taking a baby wipe to my underarms and calling it a “shower”. It means dry shampoo on days 3-7. No shave November? Ha! I haven’t been shaving since 2016. So I think by default, that means I win! Don’t matter if I look like sasquatch. I’m just gonna wear yoga pants and the same baggy shirt I wore yesterday!
Makeup? Don’t nobody got time for that! Maybe once a year when my husband and I go on a date to his office Christmas party. Haha just kidding, I could care less what his coworkers think of me. I’m just going for the free dinner.

So maybe you’re getting the drift here that right now, motherhood doesn’t strike me as the type of topic where my eyes mist over with emotion as I recall fond memories of my growing chidren. I’m too in the thick of it to maybe appreciate what other women are able to.

Eveyone wants to tell me to not take it for granted, to be grateful, to cherish every single moment and all the messes too, because someday my house will be clean and lonely. Promise? Because that’s literally my dream. Every. Single. Day. To sit in my clean house alone in the silence and do nothing! Ahhh…perfection.

I feel like it’s so easy for people to say all of that in retrospect. Like okay Susan, but switch places with me for 2 weeks and then try to tell me the same thing. I bet you’ll remember really quick that motherhood wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies for you either. And maybe be able to empathize why perspective is so hard to keep when you’re up to your elbows in poopy diapers, hotwheels trucks, and terrible Netflix shows. Seriously, if you don’t know, don’t research. You don’t want to go down that rabbit hole. It’s a scary place.

Moms today have different challenges. Not necessarily more than they used to or worse but different. Gone are the days where you could just let your kids roam the neighborhood and play outside until dinnertime. I can’t count on my neighbors to parent my kids. The whole, “it takes a whole village to raise a child,” just isn’t much of a reality anymore for most people. Unless you live in a bubble that has been seemingly untouched by the rest of society. I’m looking at you, Utah. Keeping up with the good ol’ days!!! Kudos!

I guess what I’m getting at is that it would do us well to validate other moms more instead of comparing our experiences. It would be refreshing if everyone who has had more experience would be more realistic and admit to those not fun parts of motherhood instead of only glorifying the best parts. Yeah, motherhood is the greatest calling and important and wonderful. But where are my wise and experienced mothers that can also admit that it SUCKS BUTT sometimes?

Cause it does. Like figuratively, not literally…gross.

I’m not trying to play down the importance of motherhood. It’s freaking important. But so is paying taxes and everyone agrees that it sucks butt and nobody wants to do it. Okay, so bad comparison, but really…

Motherhood is sometimes so glorified and deemed sacred that it almost feels like speaking blasphemy if you say anything negative about being a mom.

Some people seem to be of the opinion that if you have so much to complain about having kids you shouldn’t have decided to have kids in the first place…

…Come on now, don’t be that person.

I mean, what’s the big deal with moms complaining about momming? People complain about their jobs all the time. Are we really gonna resort to telling people that they shouldn’t work if they complain about their jobs all the time?

If we did this, nobody would work and nobody would have kids. Humanity would just eventually cease to exist as the population growth dropped and everyone else starved from not being able to afford food or shelter, forcing them to resort to eating other people’s brains. See how quickly that escalated?

People who say “don’t have kids if you’re gonna complain”, are basically advocates for the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.

Anyway, getting back on track. Just because I’m saying motherhood sucks, doesn’t mean I’d change my decision to have kids.

If that sounds crazy and illogical, good. Because that’s what having kids does to you. Erases your sanity and logic.

Because despite the fact that you tell yourself everyday that today will be the day you send Johnny off to the circus, you freakin love those little demon spawns with every part of you. Every exhausted, insane, part of you.

It’s not too much to ask to be allowed to blow off a little steam right?

I mean, if so, I’ll just shut up right now because I’ve already revealed too much of my true feelings. Hopefully, the PPA doesn’t come after me. (That’s the “Perfect Parent Association”, not the “Professional Photographers of America”.)

But if any of you feel similarly, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you feel pressured to only talk about motherhood in a positive light? Why do you think that is? Do you think it’s important to change that narrative?

Share your thoughts! This is a judgment free zone and anyone who disrepects somebody else for a differing opinion will have their comment promptly removed. Let’s please be nice humans! Because mean humans suck!

A Minimal Christmas

I’m on my second cup of hazelnut hot chocolate of the day. That tells you that I’m having a day where chocolate is the only thing keeping me going.

I thought I’d take these chocolate-induced moments of peace to share why having a minimal Christmas has been the best decision for us.

At first, it wasn’t by choice. Our tight budget has always forced us to keep our gift giving down to a minimum. But even as we’ve had a little extra to spend, we’ve found that we just enjoy the holidays a lot more when we keep things simple.

It’s made this time of year a lot less stressful. We are able to focus on just being together and enjoying the time my husband has off. We don’t over schedule with Christmas parties and social events. We spend time with family and close friends. We turn our hearts to giving and serving and to our faith.

It has made me appreciate Christmas even more to focus less on the commercial, consumer-driven side of the holidays and allow myself permission to ignore the pressures to keep up traditions neither of us are fond of.

If you’ve been wanting to make Christmas more intentional and less of a chore to plan, here are a few ideas to simplify your Christmas without losing the spirit of the holiday.

Ideas for a Minimal Christmas

1. Focus on Quality, not Quantity

Limit gifts to 1 or 2 per person. Or you know, whatever number you choose. Trust me. It will really force you to think long and hard about what to gift your loved ones, and the extra thought you put into it is sure to make it that much more special. If you’re really brave, you don’t have to do gifts at all. GASP! I know! I said it. It’s not as ludicrous as it sounds, I promise.😉

2. Recycle or Reuse!

No, not gifts, because that’s tacky and makes people really annoyed.

If you wrap gifts, consider reusing old gift bags instead of using wrapping paper to cut down on waste. Some years, we’ve even wrapped gifts in blankets or found other creative or silly ways to wrap gifts. I can recall opening a package of tampons to find a much better gift inside.

3. Simple Is Beautiful

If you’re going for minimal decor this Christmas, incorporate nature’s beauty. Branches, garlands, pinecones, greenery, it’s plentiful and a lot of can be found in your own backyard.

Lighting makes a bit difference and is what makes Christmas such a magical time. Cafe and string lights and plenty of candles will create that warm and cozy mood.

Opt for a bare Christmas tree with lights if you’re not opposed to keeping your ornaments in storage this year. It’s actually quite beautiful and inviting without being distracting.

4. Focus on Giving

Make it a point to do service for others. The best way to get the spirit of the holidays without needing to fill it with stuff and sweets and toys is to give to others.

Go Christmas Caroling in a retirement community or hospital (get permission first). Make care packages for the homeless or volunteer at a soup kitchen.

If you have little kids and can’t find the energy or time to do much, incorporate them in little acts of service . Bake some holiday sweets together and bring them to a neighbor or friend. Write letters or draw pictures for those serving in the military who might not be home for the holidays. Have your kids pick out toys they don’t play with (make sure they are still in good condition) and donate them to kids who may not have Christmas gifts.

Get creative! There are so many things you can do to serve others and they don’t have to be big!

Those are just a few little ideas to make Christmas a little less chaotic and a bit more meaningful.

If you like to do Christmas big, that’s totally OK! I do think many of us end up feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated this time of the year. If you’ve been feeling the need to slow down, try doing some of these things and take some of the pressure off of yourself! It’s not the end of the world if you don’t get Frosty up in the front yard. (Christmas with the Kranks, anyone?)

Well, I gotta get back to my whining spawns of children.

Happy Holidays, friends! I sincerely hope that you enjoy this time to reflect on the year and feel the peace of another year of opportunities and second chances. God bless!

8 Reasons Why Depression Sucks

One thing that I’ve decided to start writing about is my struggle with depression and anxiety. It’s very closely related to the reason I first started looking into minimalism. The noise and chatter in my brain just couldn’t handle anymore stimulation in any form, so decluttering became a coping mechanism. Does it fix it or make it go away?

Heck, I wish it did.

But it does help a little with not getting too overwhelmed by the mess of my surroundings when I’m dealing with the mess of my brain.

Tonight I’m sharing 8 reasons why Depression SUCKS!

There are a lot more than 8, but humor me.

8 Reasons Why Depression Sucks

1. It hits you out of nowhere sometimes. You could literally be having the happiest day of your life and all of a sudden your brain decides to turn the clouds on.

2. You lose sight of everything important in life or any passion you had for living. Yesterday I was so motivated to do a bunch of different things and made a list of goals I wanted to get working on. This morning I woke up and have zero desire to do those things at all. Not just disinterest. Like those things just sound like the absolute WORST thing and I would rather eat rocks than do them.

3. Even though it’s an illness, its not like you get time off for recovery when you’re hit with a bad bout. People don’t drop everything and come to your door offering dinners or to watch your kids or do laundry. You’re still expected to do everything a completely healthy person would do. Which is ridiculous because if you’ve suffered from depression, it can be totally crippling and make it almost impossible to function on a normal level.

4. There’s medicine to help just like other illnesses but sometimes the side effects suck just as bad as the depression. Feeling numb, tired all the time, achy, bloated, etc. But again you’re still expected to function like a normal human being.

5. People who’ve never gone through it, don’t get it. They’ll either give you empty, useless advice, judge you for being lazy or lacking willpower, or runaway scared thinking you’ll go psycho on them.

6. You get to hear the advice and success stories from people who’ve overcome their depression with exercise, healthy eating, yoga, natural supplements, crystal healing, electrotherapy, or acupuncture. I’m not bagging on anyone who claims to have overcome their mental health issues through these means, but can we all agree that many of us do not have the resources, time, money, or let’s face it because it’s part of the illness–the motivation–to investigate each of these solutions? The best thing many of us can hope for is that our insurance covers anti-depressants.

7. Because you’re so frequently faced with people don’t understand, you’re reinforced to lie about how you’re really doing. Because responding to “how are you”‘s with “Oh, I’m still chugging along even though I’m pretty sure I’m already dead inside. How bout you?” is “awkward” and they didn’t really want to know anyway.

8. You don’t want to be lonely, but you want to be left alone. Being around people and their loudness and happiness is deafening and an endless reminder of how screwed up you are for being so miserable and stuck. Isolation feels better than putting on a fake smile and pretending you don’t just want to be at home in bed. But even being around people feels lonely, especially if they are the type who don’t understand what its like.

If this post reeks of bitterness, it’s because I am.

Right now my biggest struggle is figuring out how to just function on a basic level without slipping into madness. I’m not sure how well I’m doing that.

But the hardest thing is feeling like there is not much of an outlet to talk about it. I have my family and a few good friends who will listen, but it’s hard not to feel like you’re dragging your peeps down with you day in and day out talking about all the doom and gloom feels. But there is such a need for people to have a safe space to talk about these things! And a need for other people to understand what it’s like.

So I’m hoping my blog can become a place for that.

And I’ve decided to open up about how I really feel even if some people would rather not read it.

Which is fine.

But I’m tired, oh so tired, of pretending to be ok when I’m not, tired of the stigma, tired of advice to make lifestyle changes I can’t possibly afford right now, and tired of feeling like I have to keep quiet because the topic is too uncomfortable for everyone else or just sounds like exaggerated complaining.

Hit me up in the comments if you can relate to any of this!

Otherwise, thanks for reading and hope you stick around for the next post.

I’m Back from My Six-Month Hiatus!

Ok, so it’s been 6 months since I last posted anything. Oops.

I really don’t have a good excuse. Life happens.

What’s important is that I’m back with lots of more tips to share with you amd more ideas for what I want to do with this blog, so I hope you stick around!

An update on life in general:

  • We moved to Utah. We are in a two bedroom duplex and are way ignorant of how we are going to survive the winter.
  • Jordan is working and is expected to start school in January.
  • While I’ve been sort of MIA here on the blog, I’ve still been doing stuff. I actually became a representative for a company that sells makeup. Cue the eyerolls. Let me first tell you, I had no plans to ever join a direct sales company, and only signed up after doing research and finding that the company’s mission aligned with my own values. I’ll share more on what this new gig is later on.
  • The kids are giving me a run for my money. I already knew parenting was no walk in the park. I just didn’t realize that being a mom of 2 boys would throw my life into chaos overdrive. So that’s been fun trying to figure out what to do with the circus of monkeys I’m now playing ringmaster of. Will I ever figure it out? Logic tells me to get ready for a lifetime of questioning my own parenting tactics.

While all these fun changes have taken place, I was able to pare down on our belongings with our move. And since then, have found even more stuff that we didn’t need.

I’m proud to say that I’ve reached a pretty comfortable place in our minimalism journey. We probably still have lots of things that we don’t need, but I am no longer feeling so overwhelmed by how much stuff we have.

I think that’s really the key with minimizing clutter in your life. You do it until you reach that point where you feel the difference and feel like whatever anxiety or stress that was being caused by the clutter is gone. Nobody can tell you how much you need to get rid of. You decide.

Maybe this is just my take on it, but I think minimalism is an empowering thing. It puts you back in control.

I highly encourage to make your minimalism journey your own. Don’t let anybody tell you how to do it. Not even me!

I’m here to share things that have worked for me. But maybe you need a different approach. And just like all things, I think what works is ever-changing. Things I was doing a year ago don’t work anymore.

Sometimes you gotta find a new groove, and that’s okay.

I promise my next update won’t be six months from now!

Hope your Thanksgiving was full of great fun, friends, family, and food!

On to the chaotic Holidays!!! Let’s talk next time about some ways to have a more relaxed, laid back Christmas! Sound good?

Please leave a comment below! What topics would you like me to write about in the future? Share your minimalism journey with us! I love hearing from you!

Why I’m So Excited to Downsize

The time has come for us to leave California so my husband can continue pursuing his education and find more job opportunities in his industry.

We will be moving to Utah, which is both terrifying and…well, mostly terrifying. All our close family members live in the same town as us, so to say that I’m worried about how we’ll fare on our own is an understatement.

But all little birdies have to leave the nest someday, and I have a feeling some big adventures and opportunities are in store for us!

So what this means is we are moving out of the spacious 4 bedroom house we are renting and into a smaller apartment.

Why am I so excited about this?

Well, ladies and gents, this means I get to purge most of our belongings!

Pause for a happy dance!

Y’all have to know something about me. I LOVE decluttering. The whole process. I love taking a look at all I’ve acquired and figuring out what I really value. I find it therapeutic! It helps me refocus on my goals and what kind of life I want to create.

I am so excited to pare everything down to the things we truly need and love. And more than anything, I’m hoping this is the opportunity for ne to really start embracing a more minimalist lifestyle.

It’s been hard to adopt this kind of mainframe in such a big house. We tend to want to fill up empty spaces. I wonder why?

Also, when you live so close to family, people like to help you out by buying and gifting you things. Which is wonderful and generous, but also adds more stuff that you have to find storage for.

I am SO SO SO SO excited to start fresh and have the excuse of saying, “No thank you, we just don’t have the space for that.”

I will admit that a tremendously large reason for my excitement to live in a smaller space is my hope that there will be less house to clean!!!

I mean, realistically, messes are inevitable. We now have two boys, and one is a toddler who loves to throw food on the floor for the dog.

Wait…we don’t have a dog.

What I’ll be missing most about living in California

Quick Update

Hi! Good news: baby number 2 is here!

Actually, he’s been here since February as he decided to come a month early!

All is well and he is a strong, tough little guy. I’ve been MIA here due to trying to adjust to life as a mom of two.

Clearly, it’s thrown me off my usual groove!

There’s a dose of reality for ya! I’m human too and my house is currently a disaster.

But it’s temporary. They are only this little for a short while and I’m just too busy soaking it up to care about folding laundry.

Right now my philosophy is “let it go”. And no, not because my son keeps watching Frozen over and over again…

‘Til next time, my friends!

Tiny Living: Could You Do it?

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For the past few years, I’ve been intrigued by people who pare down all of their belongings and drastically downsize to tiny living. If you’ve never heard of the tiny house movement, where have you been? Go google some pictures or take a look at Pinterest.

It’s amazing the ideas people have on how to fit everything they need into such a small place. Maybe that’s why I find it so fascinating.

I have tried to convince my husband on multiple occasions that we should live in a tiny house someday. At a height of 6’1″, I don’t think he’s too crazy about the idea of living in such close quarters, especially with two kids in tow. Maybe someday, I’ll convince him, but honestly, it doesn’t have to be the trendy tiny house trailers I keep pinning on my Pinterest boards. I do love the mobility that tiny house trailers offer, but just having a smaller, modestly sized home would still have the benefits I see of tinier living.

Benefits of Tiny Living:

  • Living in a tiny house would encourage our family to get outside and do stuff more often. It’s way too easy to just sit around the house all day when you have so much space.
  • I feel like there is a tendency to overspend when you have a huge house. For some reason, the more space we have in our homes, the stronger the need to fill up all of that space. So the less space you have for junk to accumulate, the less money you’ll spend on the junk. Well, we hope!
  • Maybe I’m a horrible person for admitting this, but I also see the benefit of not having to accommodate overnight guests. I know, I know. I’m horrible! Blame it on my control/neat freak side.
  • This last point might resonate with many of you! Small space=less room for stuff= less time cleaning! Ah, think of all the things we could accomplish if we didn’t have to spend so much time cleaning our houses! I mean, I love a beautiful, spacious mansion as much as anyone. I would love to live in a castle. But not if I’m the one cleaning it!

Some of you probably aren’t convinced still. I don’t blame you.

Initially, I thought these people selling all of their belongings and living in houses the size of school buses had to be crazy. Who could live in such a tiny space without going absolutely mental?

But on reflection, I realized I actually have lived this lifestyle!

In Hawaii, my college dorm room was as tiny as they come. There was juuuuust enough space to accommodate two people and the bare necessities needed to survive a life of laying on the beach rigorous studying.

Below are some pictures to give you an idea what I was working with.

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My bed and side table. Behind my bed headboard is my roommate’s desk.
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My wardrobe on the far left, desk/cabinet, and chair. And in the right corner, the door to the hallway…

My roommate’s side of the room basically mirrored my side, but she had the added feature of a window. #spoiled

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Here’s the full length of my dorm during my second semester. This time, I got the window!!!

Talk about tiny living, right?

We didn’t even have our own bathroom and kitchen! Also, it’s not pertinent to my point, but we didn’t have air conditioning either.

How did I survive living in an area no bigger than some of your walk-in closets?

It was pretty livable actually. I wasn’t in my room all day. I had classes, meals in the school cafeteria, school activities, church socials, outings with friends, and not to mention beautiful mountains and beaches to explore!

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Really, who can be upset about a tiny dorm when you’re surrounded by all of this?

Ok, sorry enough bragging. I know we don’t all get the opportunity to live in Hawaii. Wouldn’t that be nice?

I also realize that as a college student, this tiny space was totally livable and very temporary. As adults with spouses, families, kids, and maybe pets, it’s not doable for everyone to live in a tiny house.

But there’s still something to take away from this movement. What I’ve learned from living in that tiny dorm for a time is that we can all learn to live with a lot less than we think.

When I got home from Hawaii, I purged half of my belongings. I no longer felt the strong attachments to my belongings that I did before. I had learned to live without them and not miss them. And it was freedom to let them go and move forward with focus.

And I think that’s exactly what tiny living and minimalism can offer us: focus. Focus on our goals, focus on the here and now, focus on the people in our lives, and focus on the things that truly matter.

I’m not advocating everyone sell their homes and buy a tiny home. Like I said, it’s not for everyone. But paring down and simplifying a little bit can definitely make a huge difference!

What do you think about tiny living? Would you do it?