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Small and simple...at least for now

August 6th, 2013 at 07:53 pm

I finished listening to one of the books on CD that I checked out from the library. "Sail" by James Patterson. It was a good mystery. Having the books to listen to have totally transformed my driving time. I really enjoy it. I have two more to tide me over until the next library visit. A Danielle Steele book, and another James Patterson.

I have been in the small house (390 sq ft) just over 2 months now. I have weeded out all but the necessities in the house. Honestly, this is plenty of space to live. Living with a grown lab and a cat make it more of a challenge, but it works.

Small space living forces organization. Everything has to have a home- otherwise, it gets cluttered fast. It also forces me to really think about what I buy. There isn't room for new 'things' unless I get rid of something else first. I waste less food. The fridge is smaller, so I tend to buy what I need and then use it. Also, I plan my meals around my crock pot, electric skillet, rice cooker and microwave. Usually in that order.

Laundry- I have to carry it down to the other house where the washer is...so I try to keep dirty laundry to a minimum. Towels are reused, clothes are hung up after wearing them, sheets are washed on Sundays...I use the washer...everything gets hung on the line to dry.

Most of the mail gets tossed in the trash on the way back from the mailbox, so there is no stack to sort through later.

Water for consumption is a little trickier. I keep several gallon jugs that I fill each week at DD1s. I always keep a few empty jugs in the car incase I have an opportunity to refill.

All in all, it is simpler here. At least for now.

12 Responses to “Small and simple...at least for now”

  1. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Wow that is small, show us some pictures. And you are riding the trend in small small living spaces.

  2. baselle Says:

    Just like Walden Pond! Compared to you I'm in a 1080 sqft condo is "space the final frontier".

  3. Wino Says:

    You can do podcasts on your MP3 or smart phone, as well. That's what I do when I drive.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    I've noticed with bigger space in our home, there is more clutter AND more to spend money on if we decide to. I have a little bit of envy with your small space...maybe when the kids leave the nest!

  5. My English Castle Says:

    I loved small in London. Is less the new more?

  6. snafu Says:

    New item in - old item out is a terrific model no matter whether living large or small. The added benefit is saving money because you are forced to for-go impulse purchases. Over winter you might enjoy adding a toaster oven to replace toaster. It does so much like bake casseroles or muffins - savory or sweet.

  7. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    With small indoor space, the outdoors becomes more important, don't you find? An expansive natural view out the window helps! So does storage space apart from the house --a weather tight box, a shed, a garage if you are very lucky. Do you have a porch?.

  8. littlegopher Says:

    Lovely!!

  9. SecretarySaving Says:

    The simple living sounds nice.

  10. IndianGal Says:

    I always do better with small spaces. I feel like more gets done quicker in small spaces. You sound like you are doing well. That's great. Enjoy the books!

  11. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Thanks everyone! I have thought about small space living, just wasn't anticipating actually doing it, certainly not the way this came about. But now that I am here and living it, I actually am enjoying the simplicity of fewer things to take care of.

    Joan of the Arc- Outdoor space is absolutely part of the equation. When grandkids come over, we stay outside most of the time. I sit out most evenings and stargaze. Unfortunately, the smoke from all the fires has hampered this a little the past couple of weeks.

    Baselle- Walden is one of my fav books. Smile

    Snafu- I have pondered the toaster oven. I might pick one up before winter.

    Wino- youre the second person this week to suggest the podcasts. I am not sure how to do that, but will definitely look into it!

  12. dmontngrey Says:

    Does your library have online borrowing of items? Mine does - plus, as a MA resident, I can access the Boston Public Library's online collection. I borrow audio books for two weeks and listen on my commute. I love it! Sometimes I'll borrow ebooks too. I love not having to actually go to the library. There's no easy parking around it.

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