So really, how much stuff do you use in a year, not counting reuse of the same thing?
Did you know that average American home has between 200,000-300,000 items in it? And we wonder why we cannot find stuff, talk about an inventory control problem!
So, again, what do I really need (NOT WANT)?
I thought about it and realized, not much, was even less before we had kids.
One couple spent a year going through ALL belongs, room by room. They dated each item. If the item had not been used in 365 days, they let it go. This was their 365 day rule. Sounds bloody marvelous.
Their only exception is heirlooms--of which they sorted through and chose their favorites. Rather than keeping all 107 childhood books, they kept 10, and so on.
Most that choose to downsize this drastically do it to more to a tiny home. My closest comparison is moving continents, but I know I left a trail of possessions in my path as well.
The more full my life gets, the more things to get done, the more a tiny home appeals to me. Does anyone else feel the same?
What is your motivation for making life more simple and streamlined?
Whatever the reason, don't give up, go for it!
"We are living our lives with more intention, clarity, & awareness -- which is empowering."
This tiny home is always spurring me to learn more about skylights. More on that next week.
real estate is about the house right?
Whatever the reason, having a nice place to work & play on your automobiles is handy.
And those woodworking projects that always seem to pop up. (That happens to everyone right? Not just me!?)
Things that are KEY to garage workspace while you are 'house' shopping:
1) in-floor heat!
3) size & storage options (or place to construct some yourself)
Although I LOVE my air compressor too....
For those that know me, you know I love things with wheels. My learning curve might be slow, but I love to learn about how stuff works.
Although I wish I was more mechanically inclined, I am more than most (come on, grinding prep for welding is fun!). PLUS, I have some amazing teachers--Alec, Tim, Gary & Don.
Maybe its because I want to know how crap works or maybe it's the do-it-yourself independent nature of mine.
The first property I sold was a shed with a living space included. I am not the only one that loves garage space.
On my wish list still....and will be for awhile probably:
Whatever your level of garage time, having a garage that fits your needs makes the home 'fit' you better....which can translate to making daily life run smoother for all occupants.
Finding the perfect house *MIGHT NOT* be just about the 'house'...but all about the GARAGE.
At last count, we have NINE wireless devices in our home. Some homes, I am sure have more (we don't have TVs, so that drops our count).
Then there are endless cords floating around...& of course when you really need one, you cannot find it.
Does this sound familiar?
While in DMS, I encountered my first Dupont Corian Charging Surface (it looked like marble). It was pretty! And it did tricks. Just by me putting my phone on the counter, it charged it. LOVE the concept.
There is a video below if you want to learn more, great cartoon (the kiddos loved it).
For those that put everything on the counter its great. If you hate clutter, this will drive you nuts.
If you are not in the market for countertop remodel, there are other options too!
My personal favorite: The drawer charging system!
(see above picture).
If this was built in, but from my search, you can make a charging drawer after the fact as well (easier in a night stand or the like). And it contains the clutter, I love it!
The most simple option is the the charging mat, you can get a variety of sizes (capacities) & colors. You can pick up & move your mat as needed, which is nice, but the clutter is present.
Chrysler is also starting to make charging mats in their vehicles as well.
Okay. Laundry rooms. I LOVE & HATE mine at the same time. Its bright & cheery....but well, I rather spend time somewhere else besides doing laundry. YES, it was our choice to use cloth diapers, which did heavily impact the time I spent in the laundry room for about 3 years of my life. But what else, can we do to make our laundry room experience more streamlined & functional?
Lots actually. For me, having things put away behind cabinet doors helps my sanity :) (I would LOVE to make a cabinet for the machines themselves someday as well.
Things to consider:
1) ability to 'hide the mess' of stain treatments, dedicates bags, and laundry soaps. Most people prefer higher cabinets or shelves to minimize bending.
2) air dry items! This is key for me--there is reason I still have clothes that are 15+ years old and still look like new! My husband made me a black iron pipe hanging rack to match my light fixture.
3) is your laundry room also the mud room like ours? If so, make strategies on how to organize the 'unloading' area of kiddo items (shoes, coats, bags). The lower cabinets house shoes (one cabinet for each gender) and coats are hanging on the back of the door so they can't be seen.
4) wipe clean surfaces! I wish we had wipe clean walls like the tile in this photo (rather than painted), would make removal of kiddos prints faster.
Below is a NEAT idea I have learned to love, especially if my husband is helping with laundry. You can even get a dry erase marker with a magnet in the lid. Just in case someone needs a reminder to not dry everything.
Love the above idea! There is even cabinets for the laundry baskets & the washer and dryer!--the clutter can be completely controlled, which is my fav.
Finally, something I miss from Europe, having the laundry in the kitchen--it makes sense for water hookup and counter space to fold is limited (like it usually is in the bathroom). A place to hang up air dry appeal requires creativity.
Starting to see the use of laundry in TINY HOMES (as seen below)....so I am not surprised I love this concept.
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa. This blog is about life, of which Real Estate is a part of. Happy reading!