Last year I wrote a post over at Richly Rooted about living more simply. At the time, I thought I really knew what simple living was, and while what I wrote still rings true, my ideas on simple living were way different than they are now.
If you follow my blog, you’ll know that just this past weekend my husband and I found our new home. What we now call “The Cabin” or “Moose Cabin”. (No there aren’t moose there but my nickname in my family is Moose, hence the name.)
I will say, we’re both absolutely in love with the rustic vibe (on the inside) and just how cozy it is! It’s perfect for the two of us!! The thing is…it’s tiny. I mean really really tiny. With a tiny “great room”, an actually spacious bathroom and store room, and a tiny, and very short loft, we realized we’re really going to have to cut down on our stuff in order to live here.
What we realized is this: most of our stuff won’t be coming with us. There’s just no room. So here’s what we did.
1 | We Prioritized
We looked at all of our stuff and decided what is really important to us. With two massive bookshelves built into our cabin we decided that I would be able to keep all of my books and he could keep his DVD’s. Other than that, almost everything of ours is going.
All of my great grandmother’s furniture, my mother’s furniture, and most trinkets that we collected from our marriage. Because, in the end: A) All those things just won’t fit in our new home, and B) the stuff just doesn’t matter. So the clothes, the fancy dishes (my china), the big furniture, the loads of home decor, and all of those material items are going to go.
2 | We Organized
Throughout the weekend, and throughout the next week we will be going through and getting rid of 90% of our stuff. When it comes time to move, (which I’ve already done half of that,) we will probably bring over two cars full along with 3 furniture deliveries–a new tiny couch, a washer/dryer combo, and a new mattress–and the animals will have to fit in there somewhere.
3 | We Invested
While minimalism and simple living is about having less stuff, my husband and I have decided that the stuff we do have needs to be good quality. So we decided to a lot and spend the money on the new furniture and a few other items that were needed around the house. Because before, we would buy the same item over and over again from the same store after we watched it fall apart over and over again. (Sarah Titus has a great article on this.) And I will note, while I don’t encourage buying certain things that will just fall apart over and over again from low-budget stores, there are some things that are worth it. (But that’s an article for another time.)
4 | We Prepared
Simple living is not going to happen overnight. Getting rid of 90% of your things is not easy to do. As a society that encourages having it all, and beating the Jones’, preparing yourself mentally to get rid of the things that you worked hard to get is very counter-cultural, and at least for me, was somewhat hard.
On the other hand, we are preparing for cabin life as well, like how to live next to our “new neighbor”, whom are landlord tells us is an extremely large black bear who enjoys hanging out below our bedroom window. (Pictures will follow.) And preparing for the extreme winter, power outages, and other mountain/country life things.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. -Matthew 6:19-21
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions. -Luke 12:15
Living simply doesn’t have constrictions or rules, but it does consist of living within your means, and living within your space. And for us right now, living simply, means living tiny!
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