Living a Life of Less | Space

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Simple Living Less Space

I can’t believe we’ve been living in the basement suite we are renting for three weeks already! Time is really flying, and it won’t be much longer until we are in our house! Even though I am looking forward to being back in our own place I have not actually disliked this in-between stage. To be honest, I’ve actually enjoyed the smaller space we are living in. Sure it’s annoying that I can’t get rid of the wet dog smell and inconvenient that we couldn’t bring our own furniture in and therefore have some of it stored at my parent’s place as well as my in-law’s but there are actually quite a few benefits to living in a smaller space.

Before I share what I’ve been liking about this place I have a pretty exciting announcement to make!

I think it’s been pretty apparent to most of you who are regular readers that simple living and the whole idea of living with less have been a huge part of my life these last few months. Awhile ago I was planning out my monthly blogging schedule and I realized I just had too many simple living ideas to share and not enough days to share them all. So, I decided to launch a blog dedicated to simple living! Today is launch day for The Simple Kind of Life, I’d love for you to head over and check it out. I have dreams for that to be a place where a number of people will contribute ideas for living with less as well as sharing their real life stories. I’m still looking for some people who would like to write for The Simple Kind of Life on a monthly basis, if that’s up your alley let me know.

Okay, back to the idea of living with less space, I know it’s only been a few weeks but here are my favorite things about the smaller space so far:

LESS TO CLEAN
It’s a lot easier to convince myself to vacuum when there is only about 900sq and it’s all on one level. Plus, one bathroom as opposed to the three we were used to before, yeah, cleaning one toilet is a lot better.

LESS STAIRS
This is one thing all three of us were looking forward to! Our previous place was a two-storey that had all the bedrooms upstairs, plus the ceilings in the main level were high which means anytime we wanted to go upstairs from the main floor we had to climb all 16 stairs, and if you are a forgetful person like me that means you had to do that multiple times because half the time by the time you reached the top you forgot why you even came up!

YOU ARE LESS LIKELY TO LOSE SOMEONE
Okay, so you won’t lose people in most houses but when I was an au pair in England back when I was 18 the family I worked for had a huge house and the man would often stand in the middle of the house and call for his wife because it was so big and he didn’t want to wander from room to room to find out where she was. Right now if I’m standing in the kitchen/dinning room/living room area and I’m looking for Raeca I know she’s got to be in the bathroom or one of the bedrooms, no yelling needed.

I THINK MORE ABOUT MY PURCHASES
Since we don’t have a lot of space to store stuff right now I really think hard before buying something that will take up more space, or I use the one-for-one rule. If I’m going to buy an item, like the set of 6 dinner plates I picked up at the thrift store for a total of $1.50 the other day, I get rid of that many items, well, in reality, I got rid of 8 plates, so even better!.

THE REALIZATION THAT WE DON’T NEED SO MUCH STUFF
We packed up and are storing a lot of our stuff while we are here and I’m realizing we don’t really miss any of it. We’ve actually continued to purge some of the items we do have with us here, items we are finding we don’t need to keep, and bonus: it will make the move even easier in a few weeks!

WE TAKE MORE TIME TO DO STUFF
After creating my life vision statement I realized I really value doing things over buying/having things. While we’ve been here we take almost every advantage to get out of the house and enjoy the last bit of summer because it’s easier to feel cooped up in a small space, especially when you don’t get any outdoor living space.

Have you lived in smaller spaces before?
What would you say the advantages are?

Remember, most of my simple living posts from now on will be posted over at The Simple Kind of Life so be sure to stop by!

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Weekend Links

* we watched this movie the other night, I loved it, what a different take, I never really thought about what it would have been a German child in Germany during WWII. I’m adding the book to my list to read.

* how amazing do these hot fudge milkshakes look? NEED to make these

* call me a nerd, but I love reading about my personality type, it’s crazy how accurate it is

* on minimizing, which I’ve been loving this year, also on that note, I’ve got an exciting announcement coming on Monday!

* this art idea, I totally want to make some for Raeca’s room when we move

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