Preparing to Downsize

This is our current home, a 1996 16×80 (roughly 1, 280sq ft) manufactured home. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large room consisting of the kitchen/living/dining rooms. It has a separate laundry area in front of the back door, but I wouldn’t call it a laundry room.

I told you all of that so that you know where we are and where we’re going. I honestly don’t feel like we’re losing anything because of how much we’re gaining once we move. I will talk about that later.

My first big idea is to use as much multi-use furniture and items as possible. Old dressers work great as TV stands and they can store almost anything. The right dresser will look classy in the living room. This is going to be especially beneficial to us since the kids will get the bedrooms leaving us in the living room on a fancy futon or pull out couch.

This one is easier for me than some others, but don’t keep things you don’t use. What-nots, furniture that doesn’t really serve a purpose, etc. Look around you and see what you haven’t used in the last six months or longer. If you haven’t used it yet then you don’t need it. In the words of Elsa, “let it go!”.

My last tip is to use your decor to tell your story. Use pictures, favorite pieces, and handmade items to achieve this goal. When you live in a small home you want to keep everything meaningful. Instead of buying a throw at Walmart, use one a family member made or make one yourself. It will change the look and feel of your home.

What helped you downsize? What are some favorite pieces in your home?

Why The Berry Cottage?

This picture is what The Berry Cottage looked like when we first bought it after we cut the grass. We started calling it The Berry House at first while referring to it as a cottage because that’s what it is. It has 752 square feet of living space not including the porches. Eventually, we would love to enclose the back porch so that we can have a master suite. Even with that addition, we will roughly have 952 square feet because we don’t want, or need, a big house. Our soon to be twelve year old will have his own room, the younger two will share the bigger room, leaving me and my husband in the living room.

The berry part of the name comes from a goal my husband and I have. We would love to homestead on our half an acre of land, which means berry bushes, vegetables, and chickens. Berry Cottage sounds a lot better than Corn Shack.

There is peace when we’re there working or just spending time sitting on our porch. It’s in the middle of a small town, but it’s quiet. Except for the occasional rooster crowing across the street. I love that, though.

I am praying that God will allow us to complete all of our projects so we can move soon. It’s quaint, but it’s home. In the short time that we’ve owned it, we have made beautiful memories and I know that’s why God led us to it.