A. We play outside ALOT. Whether it be in the yard, going swimming or playing at the park.
I’ve found that it makes living in a smaller space that much more doable.
It’s also important to me that we do our best to keep our house tidied up.
Because when the kids’ room is messy they are obviously not going to play in there.
It becomes too small and cluttered.
We pick up right after lunch, right before Travis gets home and then once again at bedtime.
It takes all of 15 minutes to get things back in order!
A. The Lord has really laid it on our hearts to live with less for this season of ours lives.
He has blessed us with so much that we want to honor Him with it and use it wisely.
And honestly… I have reached a point where things don’t matter to me.
I could drive my car for the rest of my life and be perfectly content.
So, all that to say… the Lord definitely changed my heart on this matter:)
It has been nothing that I have accomplished by myself.
Also… with four little ones I do not have any desire to have lots of stuff.
More stuff means more work for me.
No thanks 🙂
A. This is very similar to the question above.
If you’re new to the blog then you may not know our story.
In a nutshell.
We moved from a city suburb to a tiny country town two years ago.
Before the move all I could think about was getting in a large home, driving a nice car and all the things that came with it.
We just moved back to our suburb home that we never sold, but rented out while we were away.
Being in that sweet country town stripped me of every bit of materialism I had.
Not a person in that town cared what you wore or what you drove.
They didn’t care what your house looked like.
“Stuff” meant nothing to those people.
And over time the Lord changed my heart.
And “stuff” no longer matters to me anymore.
So, that’s where I’m at with “keeping up with the Jones”.
I could care less about Mrs. Jones fancy car.
I love my 11 year old car 🙂
All that to say.
Will we ever move into a bigger home?
Yes, I can guarantee we will.
But am I chomping at the bit to move out of this home?
We are trying to make it work as long as we can in this house.
The longer we stay here the more we can save!
Q. Where is your shower curtain from?
A. Urban Outfitters!
A. Great question! One thing my family knows about me is I’m not a big fan of toys.
And they also know that I like to get rid of toys 🙂
Both sides of our families are so sweet about gift giving.
They always give the most thoughtful gifts.
I have no rules as far as what they give.
I think that takes away the joy from the giver.
So anything goes!
However, when new toys come in the old ones usually find their way to the thrift store.
And my kids are fine with it.
I think it’s because I’ve been getting rid of toys since they were little 🙂
There are a few favorite toys that I keep around… I’m not that cold-hearted 😉
A. From a garage sale a few years ago!
Most of their clothes are hung up.
And then I keep rubbermaid drawers inside the closet for their pajamas, undies and play clothes.
Travis keeps his hanging clothes in the front coat closet with a dresser of clothes in the laundry room.
And Eloise’s clothes are stored in flat rubbermaid bins underneath the couch.
A. This was by far the most asked question!
Our home is painted several different shades of gray.
The kids bedroom and the living room are this color:
Our bedroom is this color:
And I couldn’t find my can for the bathroom but it’s an even darker gray.
or are there posts that hold it up in addition to nailing it?
A. It is just nailed straight to the wall at the height that I wanted it!
A. Not at ALL! I have had white bedding since we’ve been married and still love it!
Super easy to wash… just throw it all in the washer with a little bleach and it looks brand new again.
A. No.. honestly it wasn’t.
I am probably the least sentimental person ever.
All of my possessions and home could be gone today…
and as long as my family was safe and with me I would be 100% fine.
And I would say it was about three good sweeps through before I was all the way de-cluttered.
I had a garage sale for the first sweep.
And the second sweep was kind of hilarious.
I saw an advertisement for a man on facebook who would come and take away anything you didn’t want.
So..of course I contacted him.
And he drove away with trailer FULL of our stuff.
That felt so amazing!
Swingset, couch, toys, dishes, clothes… you name it and I threw it on that trailer 🙂
And the third sweep was once we were settled into our little house again.
I was able to figure out what worked and didn’t.
And whatever didn’t fit or I knew I wouldn’t use went to the second hand store in town.
A. I was a definite hoarder of craft supplies, sewing notions and fabrics.
I got rid of EVERYTHING.
I threw away the half used bottles of stuff.
Donated some of it.
And then sold a huge trash bag full of fabrics and patterns to a friend through facebook.
Have I missed it?
It had gotten to the point where I had so much stuff I didn’t even know what I had.
I have restocked our craft drawer but in moderation.
We don’t need a thousand bottles of glue.
Two is plenty.
And I don’t need a million broken crayons.
A new box will work nicely:)
So…that’s kind of where we’re at with that!
Q. Will you continue to do the Living Small Series?
A. YES! I have so much more to show you!
This last question has nothing to do with Living Small.
But this weekend I posted this picture saying that I had made Fresh Peach Muffins for our breakfast.
Quite a few of you had asked for a recipe and I said I would post it.
But the more I thought about it the more I wanted to wait and tweak it a bit.
They were ok…but not fantastic.
So I’ll post it once they’re fantastic:)
Do you have a Peach Muffin Recipe?
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