Several readers expressed interest in how living in a tiny space worked out for us. I have written a couple of posts about it at my personal blog:
But I thought I would give you a tiny glimpse into how things are going now that we’ve been here for four months. First and foremost, we are still living without a microwave, and frankly I do not miss it at all. The kids have learned to read packages before they buy them on their grocery weeks to make sure there are instructions for stovetop/oven preparation, taking the guesswork out of cooking We are LOVING our electric popcorn maker. All of the kids continue to cook dinner at least one night a week and we continue to strive for a $100 a week food budget with a little flexibility.
Our dogs have developed some challenging behaviors and I’m not sure if it’s because of the move, the new schedule (only outside 3x a day versus whenever they wanted,) or just the temptation of being nearer to trouble (ie trashcans.) As a result, we are having to be cautious of what we put in trashcans, place our kitchen trash on top of our washing machine when we go out and be more diligent in watching their behaviors. But the coolest thing we are doing as a result of this is that Princess, as part of her homeschooling, is working with a dog trainer in a kind of train the trainer program and then she has daily homework with our dogs. We are doing it together once a week with a professional dog trainer, two of our dogs and us. It’s been great mommy/daughter time and she has such a gift/heart for animals that she’s getting alot out of it. I wasn’t able to barter for this, but after calling around and explaining the situation, we got a GREAT deal. So for $200 (coming out of kid’s activities) we are getting professional advice on our dogs, a train the trainer program for Princess and we are getting to participate in some classes with trained service animals. It’s been super cool.
My most common phrase these days is “we don’t have room for it.” Almost every purchase is something that is consumable (food, school supplies, etc.) We’ve continued to downsize our closests, rearranged furniture and room use 1/2 dozen times and spend the majority of our inside time working on school projects, reading or sleeping. I’m going to the library three times a week to get in solid, undisturbed work hours, and have an open invitation to the kids if they want to get out. Nights are spent in front of the TV (Netflix,) computer (games,) or a book. The little ones and I play lots of board games, but it’s typically under duress that the twins join in (which I understand at this age.) We received several new board games for Christmas that we LOVE.
It’s really not as bad as it could be, and as most people who know what we are doing think. I definitely have a challenge in getting solid work hours in, thus the frequent library trips. And at night, the noise level just seems crazy. But we are managing, learning to really take care of our stuff (so mom doesn’t trip on it in the middle of the night,) and definitely spending lots of quality family time due to weather and since there is literally no where to get away in our space. Overall, it’s been a good experience for us all, I believe. And since our old house bills are finally over, I am really looking forward to moving forward onto what will be the next phase of our lives!
The sorrow and joys of this roller-coaster overwhelm her at times, but she is committed to this course.
Hope plans to dig out of debt using any resource possible including her small business EPOH, her blog and any other resource that comes to mind!