Showing posts with label Living With Less. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Living With Less. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Could You Live Smaller or With Less Part III


I have enjoyed reading your comments on how you live in a small home. I can sense the contentment that each of you have.  I admire you!

Whether we live in a small home or want to one day, or to live with less stuff, it all comes down to the heart.  I have learned that the closer I live to Christ the less stuff I want.  The older I get the less I want to have to care for. 😊 (that's me)


Contentment is something that must be obtained each day of our lives.  Just as easy as it is to be contented, it is just as easy to become discontent with what we have and even with our family. 

A home with less stuff  is more focused on the family that lives within.

A child doesn't really want the stuff we buy for them.  Children really seek for our attention and our time.   I have found this to be so true as I stop what I am doing and give my full attention on what my girls are sharing with me.  It may not be important, but it is important to them. Drop everything and do something one on one with your child and see them light up from simply giving them attention.

Have you ever notice how stuff keeps finding its way back in our homes. Just can't imagine how that happens? 😉  I purged my home to the bare bones about eight years ago, and the stuff has slowly found its way back into our home. Boo! 

 Going to the bareness was for a good cause adopting our daughter from China. We sold it all because she mean't more to me then stuff.  And I would sell it all again.  It's just stuff.

Only keep what you love and think is beautiful. 

This week I am purging once again and I love it!  Not only do I desire to live with less stuff in my home, but also with less media  and internet in our lives.  Instead, we are finding things to do where we are not thinking about the internet, cell phones and staying out of the stores.

The influences out there are strong  making us feel that we must buy a big house, nicer clothes, the best car, and furniture to be happy. ( We have found that happiness is in Christ.)  If each of us would cut off those influences we could focus on living life simply and contentedly.

Hugs,
Simply Farmhouse


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
 I Corn 15:58

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Could You Live Smaller Part II

  (Our daughters home - we drew this house plan called the Georgian)


How small could you go in house square footage? 

My hubby and I love to design homes, lately we have been super busy designing house plans for customers, that we have not had a chance to design homes from our own ideas. 

In the late evenings you may find me with drafting paper, pencils and ruler curled up on the couch creating our next house plans.   I have a lot of ideas just finding the time to actually creating them is the hard part for us.

For many folks they would love to live in less then 500 sq ft.  For some it maybe that they prefer a large home.  I love the size home we have but I think its the land that overwhelms me. LOL

So, how could one make a small home seem large?  A home that is built with tall ceiling and lots of large windows.  A great room with a eat in kitchen adding in a couple sets of french doors in this area would make any small home feel larger then life.

Walls that are painted in a light color will help any place feel larger.  White cabinets also will make a home feel light and airy.

Letting go of clutter is a big key to making a home feel larger.  For instance in the photo above my daughter wanted her windows be her canvas.  She keeps her walls clutter free and focused on the windows.  She did this in her kitchen as well.



Porches are another great way to make a small home feel larger.  Porches are a overflow room of any home.  A screen porch is a great way to spend the evening watching the sun go down. A porch is great way getting you out of the house but you still feel part of the house.

A home no matter its size isn't what counts. It is making wonderful memories with your family in your home and when they grow up they will tell their kids all the wonderful memories they had in the home they grew up in.  Building a relationships and making memories with our children will grantee that they will come home to visit again, and again.

Share your thoughts,

Simply Farmhouse

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Could You Live Smaller Part I

Photo credit @ get-simpliflied.com
As we get older and we look at our life where we want to be in ten years of retiring. I would love to see us downsize our current home of 1500 sq feet and land of five acres to a smaller home and lot.

Photo Credit go here

The only thing about wanting to build smaller is the building codes will not allow you to build as small as you want in most areas.

Many people have downsized to a tiny home on wheels, such as, building it themselves or buying one already built. Living in less then 200 sq feet while trying to find someone to let you pull it in their back yard.  I love watch you-tube about tiny homes because they fascinate me.

Some have even purchased a school bus and remodeled it while living on the road, going from park to park. (not for me). There would be something in me saying , "I want to go home and I am tired of traveling", but there would be no home to go to.

While yet, some even sold their home and bought an RV to live in for a few years while they got out of debt, saved for a down payment or even saved for the entire amount of the new home cost. Some live in a RV for a life time.

My hats off to all who have done so!! You are an inspiration to us all.  For me, I would really have to consider why I would like to downsize and am I willing to give up living out by ourselves and move to a community where more people would be living close to us just to downsize?

Many have found a cozy little cottage in a good neighborhood with a nice private lot. I love reading about all those who have done this.

There is so much to consider when thinking about downsizing the home.  For the next few posts let's chat about it.   Have you thought about it ?  What are some things you have considered?  Maybe you have already made the move.  I would love to hear from you.

Simply Farmhouse.