Your House Is Not Too Small

Simple living - your house is not too small

Do you ever find yourself muttering under your breath that this house is just too small, when faced with yet another pile of things that you can’t find a proper home for?

As Peter Walsh, the Australian anti-clutter man says:

You only have the space you have.

I have read two of his books and they are very good (see my recommended reads page for all my favourite books). The quote above has stayed with me because it is so simple, yet so fundamentally true.

In the past, I was guilty of keeping things that were earmarked for the vague and far off day when we would live in a bigger house. How crazy is that? First of all, I didn’t have any intention of moving in the near future. And secondly, if the day did come when I could suddenly buy a bigger house, presumably I would also be able to stretch to buying whatever it is was that was being stored, right?

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Simple Living Weekend: Pea Shoots And A New Bed

Simple living weekend 1

The school holidays are almost here! In fact, they will be by the time I post this. My middle son is going up to a new school and my oldest son is moving from year 3 to year 4. My daughter has been enquiring about getting a “big bed” for a while now, so with all the transition that’s going on it felt like the right time to move her out of her cot (and my room!), and into something more independent.

Getting her set up in her new room was my main goal this weekend. On Saturday morning I drove over to Ikea and found a simple pine bed I really liked for £45, along with a spring mattress for £100.

Both of the boys went straight from their cots to an adult single bed, so for the third time we have skipped the whole toddler bed market. This has saved a lot of money and time in beds, bedding and set-up/take-down.

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Simple Living Blog, Shared

Simple living shared: a new blog

In 2003, I started a journey of simple living, although I didn’t realise that was what it was at the time. Fifteen years on (and it’s been a bumpy ride!) I finally got my blogging act together. After several neglected attempts I’ve created this simple living blog so I can share my journey and connect with others doing the same.

Going back to 2003, my Dad had discovered a website called eBay. He’d been selling some things out of his home and garage. I signed up too. Then, my brother and I started looking for things to sell.

That was the beginning of discovering the joy in un-peeling the layers of stuff we accumulate in our lives. In removing all the physical badges of who we are and finding ourselves naked and vulnerable – and neglected – underneath it all.

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