Showing posts with label My downsizing journey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label My downsizing journey. Show all posts

Friday, September 16, 2016

Neighborly visit

Today, I was invited in to see the progress of a neighbor's decluttering project.
We all have a system of what to start with and how to process stuff in or out of our lives.

Most of us store the things we don't look at very often in some corner of the basement.
For this woman that was the case and I was treated to the treasures of her world.

Check out this box FULL of handwritten letters.
This extinct form of communication was divided with string and notes of importance tucked in.

box of letters

These two metal boxes were content as a placeholder on the shelf.

As I was leaving, this piece of furniture was pointed out to me.
It used to be painted white and used for storing athletic equipment.
With some loving attention it was transformed back into the pie shelf it started this life as.
Hand crafted metal panels highlighted it's beauty.
Refurbished pie shelf

It was a fun break in the day to share in each other's journey.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

You fill the space that surrounds you

It was this photo that made us toss all the garage estimates for now.
Live a simple life.
Carry what you need on your back.

Carry what you need in a backback

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Purple panic

I told him to donate all our old CD's.
"Just stream music when you want to hear it."
Then Prince died.
Listen to the music on Spotify....nope.
Listen to the music on YouTube...nope

There in a box, under the stairs, in the dark corner were my husband's collection.
Did he keep it?

Pile one......nope.
Pile two......nope
Pile three...nope.
Look again, I may have missed it...nope.
Pile four at the bottom I struck the purple prize.

So glad he didn't listen to me.

CD cover of Prince's Purple Rain

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

How to undecorate

I tend to dwell on what things that have a place of honor in this small house. 
The empty bathroom wall was my next project.

My wavering of pounding in a nail led me to attaching a temporary hook for the holidays.

The hook then remained empty for two months.
What do I put there?
What artwork would inspire me or have importance?

Finally I realized it needed nothing.
There doesn't have to be ANYTHING in that space.

The birth of my unorthodox decorating:

permanent marker on wall, how to undecorate

Monday, December 21, 2015

Multiple Monday payoff

Last week our realtors sent an email congratulating us on our one year anniversary in this lovely 950 sq ft h-o-m-e.

Thanks to all the Multiple Monday posts and purging we are so very very happy.

With no room for a large Christmas tree, we bought a lit branch that shines in the bay window. The beauty of this non-traditonal tree is that it lets light in and allows us to hightlight the ten ornaments we selected last year. 

I am here to say that for the FIRST time that I can remember, I really enjoyed hanging these ornaments. No untangling the string of lights,testing bulbs or expectations of the family gathering around for ornaments they had no connection to. 

This little box. 
A few minutes of my time. 
Showcased memories. 
I love my little life.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Costco supersized Christmas gifts

For the person who has everything. 

Costco sells gigantic teddy bear and nutcracker

Too late to get one for yourself...the last one sold.
big bear sold at Costco

Monday, November 2, 2015

FLOR carpet tiles for stairs

Taking care to make each small part of our small house special, I designed a way to cover the slippery wooden stairs leading to the loft. 

When considering Flor for our other rooms I had come across a box of unused samples.
With so many options to choose from I laid them all out on the stairs and decided not to decide and use them all in a random pattern.

Note: Due to the threat of slipping and danger on stairs, Flor was very clear they do not promote use of their tiles on stairs.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

Here is how I did it.

1. Collect a variety of samples in the same color scheme. 
Place Flor samples ($1.00 a piece) in a pleasing/random fashion on each stair.
Mark placement of row with tape so it is easy to position full row later.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

2. Cut the Flor stickers in half. 

Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

3. Wipe back of tile and adhere sticker in middle of sample. 
With sticky part up attach to one piece and then connect with next sample.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

4. Remove the entire attached row of carpet sample squares. 
Masking tape remains to show positioning for later.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

5. Wipe down any dust or dirt for a clean surface.
Make sure surface is dry.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

5. Find a strong carpet tape.
This one had the best reviews on Amazon.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

6. Cut a length to go under the row of samples.
Remove one side of the tape and press on stairs.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

7. Use two strips for extra grip.
One roll was enough for two strips on 13 stairs.
Remove the top paper once both strips attached to expose sticky top.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

8. The fun part.
Take your row of carpet samples and lay them on top the two rows of sticky tape.
Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

Flor carpet samples used to cover wooden steps

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Honey, I think we need to buy a Subaru Outback 3.6R.

Subaru knows who their target market is.
Middle aged woman seeking an affectionate Bassett hound and four wheel drive.
(The small house may have been added to the original ad.)

Subaru ad with a bassett hound running through the field

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A gingerbread cookie fit for a tiny home

I made these gingerbread cookies for the open house this past weekend. 
Each comes loaded with flower boxes and pink geraniums just like our tiny house.

Gingerbread cookie in shape of a small house

Friday, March 20, 2015

I want to swing from the chandelier

I have spent many years sorting my possessions and searching for a small shelter.
Today we close on the 3000 sq ft home and begin a new life within 900 sq ft.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Downsizing discoveries

Four years ago I thought having everything in it's place or in a plastic container meant I was clean and organized. Little by little as the stuff left, I felt a new found 

When it all comes down to it, the 3000 sw ft house was just a a big storage unit we paid money to protect things at a climate controlled setting.  

So, goodbye big house.

Goodbye to the duvet that I just discovered was hiding the missing pillow case inside.  

Goodbye yellow stain from air fresheners. 

Good bye patch of carpet that my bassett hound chewed up.  

Goodbye unfinished deck painting project.

I'm not special, everyone downsizes at some point in their life.  
We don't need a whole lot and the world would be a better place if we lived a simple life.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Staying healthy in a small house

This is the post I woke up to:

Five simple exercises for working out in a tiny space.
1). Wall Jumps
2). Wall push-ups
3). Wall Runners
4). Isometric Hip holds
5). Shoulder shrugs with wall squat.

Then celebrate with a green bagel for St. Patricks Day from Bruggers Bagels.

See whole article here from myfitnesspal.

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Bridging arc arrived

"When good people get together and do good things, then good things happen" says Fran.

My mom was one of the initial volunteers for this non-profit agency headed by Fran Heitzman. They take donated items and then offer them to those in need.  I spent many Saturdays volunteering in the warehouse as items would come in and within the same day they would be loaded on a truck to a new home. Here is a video about bridging and their services:

Two by two my donations were loaded into the truck:
Two parts of the sofa sectional:

Two tables:

Two wall decor art:

Two beds and linen:

Finally the vintage dresser set of my moms.
It only seems appropriate that her dressers are now part of the giving chain.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Two days until we officially move in.

Overheard from my husband from across 900 sq feet...

"This is really a small house." 

(as he glances at his new closet space)

Friday, March 6, 2015

That's what neighbors are for

Last night was a wonderful break from sorting, painting and moving.
A long time neighbor came over with this fun wine.

Besides the beautiful bold graphics, the caption says, "My house is your house".
Love this cap:

Stories of home improvement were shared. One in particular was the husband describing a fall from a ladder to clean the second story bird crap off a window.  To his surprise I presented him with a two story squeegee that I never knew we had until my final donation box. He was thrilled, and I am thrilled that I can reach all my future windows without a ladder.

I always say, no need to exchange sugar when you have useful donations.

Friday, February 27, 2015

RIP grandfather

When shopping for a grandfather clock for my husband's mother years ago we came across a modern one we feel in love with. My mother-in-law decided she didn't want a grandfather clock and we both decided we did. It lived in our South Minneapolis home and traveled to Savage until the stager came in and shunned it from the living room to the cold garage. The least we could do is wrap the poor shamed thing.

I knew it was too big for the tiny house, but I also knew how much my husband loved it and kept it hand-cranked with perfect time. It was the first piece of furniture in the new house.

It spent Christmas alone. Then weeks later my husband said he could let it go.
The problem was no one wanted it....until this man called and said his mother was looking for one. Perfect.

Off it went again to someone who knew a lot about grandfather clocks. 
Rest in peace Grandfather.

We knew it was in good hands because they gave it a blankie.

Friday, February 20, 2015

I haven't seen you for fourteen years

Yes, it has been that long this Persian rug has hung in our garage. 
The fear of Basset Hounds destroying it led us to roll it up and preserve it.
I don't know what the future holds for a four pawed creature, but it is down for good.

Persian rug rolled up on stick in garage

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A king bed sealed the deal

There is only so much downsizing a spouse can take.
The smaller house was ok, but not downsizing the king bed.

I consulted an interior designer weeks before scrambling to find a layout that may be functional and fung shui at the same time.

Too arrived Saturday.