Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Great commercial.
Can't wait for the follow-up when they become empty nesters

Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Multiple Series # 62-Trim the tree

Every year it is the same scenario.

1.) Purchase Christmas tree that sits in water for two weeks.
2). Wait for the hazardous vintage lights to be strung,  
3). Cram the ornaments on in last-minute panic. 

"Does anyone know the meaning of these ornaments we have collected from our travels around the world?"  I asked.


"Do you think we can just pick our top five favorites each?" I suggest. 

"How about just two?" hollered a voice from the sofa. 

Two by two the Christmas tree ornament arc was selected.

 The personalized ornament from grandma and the elementary school project wreath.

A crocheted angel and a cardboard glitter church from childhood.

The stapled bag of sand from Normandy Beach and the clothespin craft orchestrated by an aunt...really?

The zulu spear and the boat that reminded him of the ferry from a past vacation.
The sweater with the hound on it
An ornament from Finland made from straw.

The rest got packed up in a sealed box for the next generation to ponder.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Tiny house tunes

For your Friday listening pleasure, I was gifted this tiny house playlist for my birthday. 
Listen and imagine a place where you can stretch your arms and touch all four walls.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wanted: land for a small house

I have been on craigslist a lot lately looking for a tiny table or seeing if anything we remove from our small house has value.  Over the weekend I wanted to see what people were searching for in the wanted section.

Imagine my surprise when I saw the first listing amongst gold, speedos, a camaro and some potato equipment.

I'm so tempted to meet this person...maybe I could shadow their construction.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jewel box homes

A developer in Oregon has decided to build  a cluster of 1200-1800 sq ft cottages he calls jewel boxes in a development called Bedford place. If they could hack off 600 sq feet, I think they are on to something.

Real cute curbside appeal.
jewel box home

Open floor plan.
dining and kitchen area of a jewel box home

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Multiple Series # 61-Insulated with legos

Cleared out the top of the one wanted any of the free wood or pegboard.
My first curb-side fail.

"All that's left is empty boxes," I proudly tell my husband.

Down came two more boxes of legos.
I don't feel like a small house dweller at all.
I am moving to a small house where the walls are filled with legos.

I didn't accumulate any "things" for my birthday this weekend...score!

Best birthday poem:

She’s getting her small house,
With nary room for a mouse,
To move her cursor across the window,
She’ll have to stick her elbow out the … window,

Best birthday Facebook wish:

Friday, January 16, 2015

How many keys does it take to open a small house with two doors?

Here is the "set" of keys handed over to us at closing.
There are just two doors to this small house.

multiple sets of keys for a small house

Thursday, January 15, 2015

You love your house the most the day it is put up for sale

An original quote about loving your house the day you put it up for sale

When we sold our first house in South Minneapolis, the realtor held a recorder to take notes for the brochure. "Beautiful coved ceiling and woodwork", I can still hear him saying. Over the river and down County Road 42 we landed in a cul-de-sac with the teased address of South Park.

Thirteen years later and what seems like five years of downsizing, we get to this point when your house is now a movie for all to see. 

Eye Spy the donation box in one of the photos! Ha!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Platform bed transforms room

Room before:

after adding the platform bed:

This page from luckypony shows the transformation.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Multiple Series # 60-Multiple tools of the trade

The majority of our shelves are empty, except the one with that holds the tools. 
A new set of screwdrivers arrived at the house to replace all the stripped and mismatched ones.

Over and over I promise my kids if they clean up anything there is usually a treasure to find.
Can you see it?

The missing piece to the puzzle game that will now complete the set. Score!

Friday, January 9, 2015

There is a correlation between how much is on your fridge and how much clutter you own.

It is the New Year, I get it.
Lots of the same posts about decluttering and reducing the things in our home.
This refreshing post actually links the amount of possessions we own to the amount of depression we feel.

My favorite suggestion was to return to the time when only a wedding photo was honored on the wall. Just one shot on the wall...which would it be?

How did we get to this point where we need so store a fake tree?

and when did we ever think a lamp like this was attractive?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The beloved and hated chifforobe

Brown furniture,  No one wants it. It is heavy and not in style. I tried to sell this chifforobe on multiple sites for less than a pizza night out.  No all.
It is made of solid wood. It has a rare closet/dresser combo. It even has dovetailed drawers

The retro stickers are from a child's husbands youth. Who cares I thought until...

He told me how he shot his BB gun to make this indent.  This was my first furniture in life to store my clothes in other than the cardboard drawers I had out of college and I had NEVER seen the BB hole.
It should've left the house many,many times. My rule is only I can decide the donations of my stuff, not others. So when I asked him if he wanted me to bring the brown thing to the new house, he thought I was talking about something else. No turning back and it was too late for a Goodwill drop off. It was moved downstairs of the small house and I will never ever move it again, but I will also notice that BB hole every time I open that drawer.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

340 sq ft home in China

Gary Chang does a nice job showing his 340 square foot living space in Hong Kong.  He is constantly rolling walls back and forth to reveal rooms. "When I don't need the kitchen, it disappears." 

These numbered mugs are fun.

The washer and dryer are an arms width from the drawers that the clothes are stored in.

Even though one wall contains 3000 CDs, he insists the one big problem is that he has too much storage. 

I am inspired by his spa shelf.

Chang splurged on the shower because it is a space he uses a lot. 

His work table rolls out to sit 6 people for dinner and he has had up to ten people in his apartment. "Standing capacity is trendy".

His final words are that if one lives in the city, they should be out enjoying the benefits of a city .

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The apple doesn't fall far.

My kids are so much better at "small" than I am. 

1). Possessions in one pile.

2). Enough space for music and for someone to couch surf.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday Multiple Series # 59-Multiple home ownership

I'm back.
I left this blog for over a month as I was living a double life with two houses.
We bought a cozy small house, yep we did.

Let go of the old... 3000 square feet

Bring in the new...952 square feet

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Bring in the new.

As I stood on the sidewalk during inspection I thought to myself, "Is this house too big or is it too small?" Either way, this 952 sq ft home is heading in the right direction. Happy New Year...we "just did it".