This week I am still doing research, making plans, and downsizing. A lot of the building process is research, I have to have a full understanding of all of my parts before I will start building. Pallet wood and power tools will be my Wednesday building project. I hope to complete a simple ottoman with wheels while keeping all of my fingers intact. Practice makes perfect! I would like to enlist the help of someone with drafting knowledge to get my final plans in order... not that I won't change them a few more times before the finished house. It's not easy fitting your dream home into 25' x 8' in a short amount of time. We are actively downsizing in that I make sure to take out at least three (big) items per week are removed from the household hoard. August's toys are now contained in one neat shelving unit and basket. He finds it easier to clean up after himself and focus on the toys he likes best. All of our clothes now fit in a small dresser and closet. Getting dressed is getting easier and laundry gets put away faster. I had feared that removing my sectional sofa would make the living room feel empty and uncomfortable but it actually feels better. It's easy to clean, it's open, and we have ample room to play or do yoga. The two lounge chairs and table are more than enough seating for us right now. In all of the pairing down I find that the space is less stressful with each new space created. It is a new adjustment every day but in the long run I am more organized and spend less time "taking care of the house" and more time playing with my son or working on projects. After the garage sale I will feel a huge weight lifted. Anything we can't sell will be donated and the house will finally let go of its hold on me. We will be ready to move out as soon as our home is finished and never stress about clutter again. Right now I spend my days working, taking care of August, or doing tiny house research. I wish I could post to the blog more often but alas, I am spreading myself thin. The tiny house building book by Dan Louche is a life saver. It's like everything I would have scribbled down in two months of research but with pictures. Defiantly helped me get a handle on the bigger picture and see it in manageable parts.
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