As we have purged and downsized our life, we looked around at all of our furniture. We looked at every piece to analyze if it really made our lives better. Furniture is heavy and bulky. It takes up a lot of space. Therefore, we want to be intentional about each piece of furniture we own. As we looked around, we immediately noticed our dressers. Each family member had one and they took up a ton of space. In fact, our oldest son had a giant one that took up most of his tiny room. We knew this had to change. The solution was simple. I bought each family member a hanging closet organizer. I paid around $6 for each. We got rid of the dressers, eliminated the clothes we never wear, and put everything in the closet. Ah, each room immediately felt so much bigger! Plus, we have much less to move! I can not believe more people are not doing this. It has been a total game changer.
Some people think that we are absolutely crazy at this point. We just received our second child that we plan to adopt out of the foster care system, which makes us a family of five! Our family now consists of my husband and I along with three boys ages 5, 2, and 3 months. We also have a 70lb. dog. We have spent the last year and a half rehabbing our 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in the suburbs and are now preparing to move back to the city in a 2 bedroom flat. We are very excited about this move! First of all, by selling our home we will be paying off ALL of our debt! That's $93,000 of student loan debt!
Read: Why I am So Stoked to Live in an Apartment
In preparing for this move, we got rid of a lot! Our new apartment is 1000 sq. feet, which is plenty of space for us, but not if we fill our space with a ton of "stuff". Our three boys will share a room. This means that they will not be able to fill their space with a bunch of toys. They have a few small bins of toys and craft supplies, some books, and their bikes. We do not have a lot of furniture either. We do not use dressers. Instead we use hanging closet organizers. We also do not have a couch or an entertainment center.
Here is a breakdown of our furniture:
1 twin bed
1 toddler bed
1 queen bed
1 small side table
1 living room chair
1 small bookshelf
1 dinning room table
That's it! With less furniture, they apartment will seem bigger and give our kids space to run around and play. I know. We do not have a couch. Where do our guests sit? This is a question we get a lot. We have a pretty big dinning room table and that is where we sit with guests. The table is used for meals, having coffee, and playing games. We also plan on inviting friends to go on a walk after dinner or head over to a local coffee shop just a few blocks away.
We will also be living within walking distance to the zoo and a really cool park where we will spent a lot of time. We will also have a small balcony with will add a tiny bit of living space and fresh air.
Yes, we will be giving up having a big backyard, extra space, and a pretty impressive, newly rehabbed home, but we will be gaining a lot of freedom. Freedom from debt. Freedom to move more freely, and the freedom of time that maintaining a home was stealing from us.
I will post pics. and updates soon!
Spring is finally here! I could not be more excited. Let's just say that I am not a huge fan of winter, so when spring rolls around, I know that I have made it through my least favorite part of the year. Now I am dreaming of Popsicles, trips to the zoo and playing in the sprinkler. Of course, our first day of spring started with some "classic" pictures with the Easter Bunny while visiting baby farm animals.
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