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.