Greetings faithful followers! I am currently writing to you from a small chair in my new living room with my laptop sitting on top of an unopened moving box and listening to the soothing sounds of an electric drill. Today, we are having dry wall put up in our master bedroom. We have been in our new home for about 3.5 weeks now and what I thought would be minor home improvement projects has inevitably turned into much more than expected. Although I absolutely love our new tiny home, I am about to pull my hair out while living with these renovations.
It started small with just wanting to paint some of the rooms which at first was very therapeutic. Now that I realize that just about every room needs it, I find it a bit daunting. I could certainly pay someone to do this, but with us having to hire dry wall workers and an electrician, I have to save money where I can. I also have a hard time hiring someone to do something I am perfectly capable of doing myself. By painting the entire interior myself, we have definitely been able to save thousands of dollars. Its very tedious work, however, having to spackle, sand, apply painters tape, paint, and touch up. It’s all taking longer than I thought. A big perk of doing this myself is that I at least don’t have to worry about getting my pets out of the house for it. I can’t say the same for the electrician, fireplace repair guy, and dry wall workers. Just about every day that I have had off of work has been consumed with painting or being here during repairs to make sure my pets don’t lose their minds and run away. After about 3.5 weeks of this, I am about to lose MY mind. The first person we hired to do our dry wall completely ghosted us which set us back a week. The new people we hired were over double the cost and have been terrible at communicating when they are going to show up. I keep telling myself that we are in the home stretch and that I just have to hang in there. Thankfully taking CBD oil each day has helped tremendously with my increasing anxiety.
Let’s lighten this up, shall we? Although home improvement has been more stressful than I anticipated… I am overwhelmingly more happy in this smaller home. Whether we are cooking, relaxing, working on home improvement projects, etc.. my husband, cat, dog, and I are always around each other which has been fantastic. We have a small family and literally love spending time together. Our back yard is a dream that definitely keeps us motivated to enjoy the outdoors. My dog Penny is around 12 years old now and she finally has the big flat yard she deserves. I have NEVER seen her so happy! She plays ball all day long and we are just minutes from some beautiful parks and trails for long walks. I have also noticed a huge change in myself since moving here (my husband definitely has). I feel that I have truly come alive and have been enjoying the day to day more than ever before. I am more excited to cook, play with Penny, do the dishes, work on little projects, and not numb out in front of the TV. I have spent so much of my adult life watching the same TV shows and movies over and over and over again when I get home from work or have time off. It’s sad how much this has consumed my life. The TV was a pacifier that I feel I no longer need. I will certainly still enjoy it from time to time, but no longer to the degree that I have before. In fact, I feel bored and uncomfortable sitting for an extended period of time. This is precisely why I haven’t written in a while. I haven’t stopped and sit still for a moment! My husband truly said it best that purchasing this smaller home in an exciting (and more affordable) area of town was like purchasing a new mindset!
As far as our journey to minimize and save money, we have had to hit pause while our new and old home repairs are finished. Our old home is almost ready to hit the market! I look forward to the big projects being over with so that we can at least unpack, not sleep on the floor, and actually know where our stuff is. I have a feeling that we will be selling much more of our furniture and decor than I wanted to with the lack of space. Again, I am slowly learning not to place so much importance on “things” and instead, think of all the traveling and family time we can focus on by having a life with less. All in all, I am learning to live with the stress of renovations and keep pushing forward to when we can finally relax. A big kudos to my husband for forcing me to take breaks during this crazy time and to my good friend Hilary with Poplar Homes for helping us navigate through the chaos. Glad you all stopped by! Stay tuned for before and after pictures!
“And I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do.” – Michael Scott The Office