Wednesday, May 4, 2016

One Bathroom Life

Doesn't two bathrooms seem like a total luxury? It really is. Because I don't know about you, but my family doesn't actually spend much time in the bathroom. So price/square foot really does make two a luxury.

I once got a quote for adding a bathroom onto my house and it was $30,000.

So that two people could pee at the same time.
Still think it's not a luxury?

Our family has a 5 gallon bucket with a toilet seat on it for emergencies.

I always thought that meant earthquake or something. I'm starting to think we should have more earthquake drills using this thing. Or just redefine "emergency".

Am I crazy or just realistic??

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Too Many Clothes

I started writing this in February with every intention of adding pictures. That never happened, obviously, so I'm just going to post it. But I'm going to update it because
I HAD A BABY!!! :-)
and I want that reflected in the writing.
I have two girls who share a room. Next year it will be three. It is a room that never seems to be clean, despite there being a place for everything. Toys aren't the problem though, it's clothes. My girls will change their clothes 3-4 times a day and of course each time they do, they leave them on the floor.
One day a number of months ago I had a profound realization: they just have too many clothes.
Sounds obvious now, but my adult mind forgot how kids work. I can keep all my summer and winter clothes and accessories in my room and simply not use it unless needed. But children never work that way. I noticed when my children were toddlers that too many toys were overwhelming and they enjoyed them more when they only had a few to chose from. That meant the rest had to be out of sight and out of mind.
So I had each child choose 7 outfits. They had to match and be seasonally appropriate. They were also allowed two church dresses for Sundays.
The change has been significant!!!
Now they aren't overwhelmed, and there's less laundry to do! Everything has been simplified.
As a bonus, they are also learning about choosing clothing carefully. I let them choose whatever they wanted and they both chose cute impractical dresses because they loved them. But then they would inevitably run out of clothes because despite the cuteness, they don't actually like wearing those dresses. They learned quickly to choose outfits that they actually knew they would wear. How many of us have spent good money on clothes we never actually wear?
I'm hoping this will prepare them for adulthood better by helping them make better choices about what they spend their money on. But mostly I'm just glad it helps them keep their room cleaner. Definitely a need when living small.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Choosing Small

Remember when people used to blog?
I've been thinking about this post for months. We had the opportunity to buy a bigger house, like double the size bigger house.
Awesome, right?
Isn't that what we all deep down want? Wouldn't it make things so much easier if we just had more space?
For the first time, we wouldn't need to live in a small house from economic necessity (thanks again 2008!) and we could have our American Dream.
So we looked at houses. Sure they were bigger, some even had a garage and all of them had that much desired second bathroom.
But the more we looked, the less we liked.
Why exactly did I need that extra bedroom? So I wouldn't have to clean up the homeschool things at the end of the day?  Is that worth $40,000 plus interest? Americans figured out how to use single bathrooms a long time ago and we've got a fairly good system going. Was it worth 40,000 (plus interest) for a place that gets used for maybe 30 minutes a day?
Plus we would trade our large yard/small house for large house/small yard. Not pacticularly keen on that.
So we decided to stay put.
So weirdly enough, we now find ourselves choosing to live small.
What's making this more "crazy" is that we are expecting our fourth child soon.
So I've been spending a lot of the past year learning more ways to continue living in our small house. I hope to keep up with blogging and share some of those in order to help others who live small by choice or by necessity. Plus, you know, other stuff I want to write about. Since it's my blog. :-)