Dreams Of Small

Off topic from the usual FoodRadical chatter, I want to share something that has been my focus recently.  I am learning affordable, efficient ways to utilize my small space.  I’m also testing the waters for a new direction in my writing.  FoodRadical may evolve into something different and I might decide to create a new blog with a new focus.  For now I enjoy the ease of sharing here where I am settled and established.  So, thanks for following me as I venture into uncharted territory.

I still have large house overflow in two friend’s basements and I’ve been working on downsizing my belongings with a minimalist attitude.  I realize it’s essential for small home living.  Tiny house living has had incredible appeal to me for years.  I have wasted spent hours reading articles and eyeing enticing pictures of charmed, simple living.  I dream of having my own little house on a piece of land somewhere.  Never has the dream been so close in reach than where I am now on my path.  However, the reality of that process requires a firm commitment that I am still not ready to make.  I have other places to experience and live before I decide on where that piece of land will be, therefore the tiny house will wait.

Truly, I have been practicing small house living in my little studio this past year.  Much like a mother-in-law house, my independent space is attached to a larger home that sits in a residential neighborhood of single family homes.  My private entrance is on the opposite side of the main home creating a sense of separateness.  The interior barely reaches the 400 square foot mark in size.  My home is a stilt house that sits on a hillside so I also have a large covered deck that acts as a living room extension, accessible by the gorgeous french doors that bring in plentiful light.  It’s a lovely feature; the best in my opinion.  The views I enjoy are phenomenal.  I digressed a bit!  I couldn’t help myself!

I have made considerable adjustments, coming from my previous home of over 1,700 square feet in addition to a tremendous stretch of outdoor space.  I can say I now have a solid understanding of the term “stir crazy” having lived the experience as I learned to adapt.  Yet, I now revel in the comfort of my cozy little haven.  I realize I am finding peace of mind and calmness of spirit as I let go of unnecessary stuff that has metaphorically weighed me down for years.

In a space this small with limited storage, it is essential to have a place for everything.  In my last post about the awesome Dollar Tree finds I mentioned that I would show you how I utilize their products.  As I went through my place taking pictures, I discovered I use a lot of Dollar Tree products!  There are many items useful to small space living.  My recommendation is to use your own discretion with regard to quality.  I inspect each potential purchase to determine if it will hold up well with the use I intend it for.  I try, try hard (I’ve caved a time or two!) not to buy something without a set intention for that item.  With few exceptions at this moment, I am using every Dollar Tree item I have purchased.

Additionally, I have wisely purchased furniture pieces that will give me extra storage.  I have found this to be absolutely necessary.  Never before have I so thoughtfully planned out my space or used furniture in ways I now do.  Visualizing an item for it’s re-purpose value has become rote.

I’ve attached pictures of my best and most useful purchases to date.  Enjoy what you see and I wish inspiring thoughts for you on your own organizing journey!  If you’ve made it this far, I thank you again for reading and sticking with me.  I thoroughly enjoyed sharing this stray from convention.

 

 

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