Do you want to live a big life in a small house?
Do you feel like you are in over your head in your house? You are tired of keeping up with the Joneses and all of their stuff? Frustrated you spend your entire weekend with cleaning and maintenance? Sad your utility bills are flying out the window and not into your savings?
Is retirement staring you in the face or maybe it is just around the corner in one short decade and you don’t feel like you are ready? Maybe downsizing now could be the answer to more flexibility later.
Are you fascinated with the tiny house movement and the freedom a smaller house could afford you but just don’t want to live (that) small?
Do you already live in a house 400 to 1000 square feet and want to live the best life possible with creativity and design inspiration?
I know how you feel.
About 10 years ago, a couple of years after achieving the dream of a big house, I had the overwhelming desire for less. I was tired of stressing over the high utility bills, the time cleaning, and the piles of stuff. Ironically, I found myself longing for the simple, quaint small houses we lived in when we were first married.
When a relocation presented itself, we decided to make this the time to go small. It has not been without challenges. However, I am enjoying the creative process of making it work and want to share what I have learned with you.
What defines a small house
According to Wikipedia, a small house is between 400 and 1000 square feet. However, some define a small house as 2000 square feet or less.
I don’t think those details matter much. For me, making my living space intentional and using every corner of the house and yard to its fullest potential is what counts.
My goal with this blog
My desire is to help give you inspiration and encouragement, and for you to dream of what could be possible when you start living a big life in a small house.
Practical design ideas, making intentional use of space, how to entertain friends and family, and personal stories that inspire you to grow in your journey are all things you will find here. My hope is to empower you to live the best life possible in your home no matter how big or small.
I am not afraid of power tools or breaking a design rule just because someone said so. I have remodeled two of my own homes (now on the third), decorated my own new construction home, designed and built an 1800 square foot basement project, and refurbished an investment property. I have been hired professionally for design on new construction, remodel projects, color consultation, and home staging.
For five years I owned and operated Rustchic—furniture and home décor that had been repurposed or upcycled.
I have been a Pampered Chef upper level director since 1993. My love for homemaking ties perfectly with my desire to encourage and teach how easy it can be to provide a meal around the family table. Over the years, I have achieved numerous awards, taught training on a national level, and provided public speaking on various topics.
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