Tiny Addition Anniversary
Happy one year anniversary to my tiny addition! It has officially been a year since I've moved into my tiny three hundred and eighty two square foot addition and I adore it. It was a rocky adventure getting my tiny addition to where it is today. Maybe I'm crazy, but I would do it all over again to have what I have today, even though it was challenging. I love my space and creating it was an amazing experience. To design, imagine, create and execute an idea that was once in your head is an amazing feeling. It turned out even better than I ever could have imagined.
I've also learned a lot from living in a small space and I would like to share with you what I have learned so far.
1. Cleaning is a breeze. It takes me twenty to thirty minutes to clean my entire space, really clean it. Which is amazing and gives me time to do other things, like write this post!
2. When one thing is out of place, chaos will ensue. It is very important when living in a tiny space that everything has a place. If it doesn't, things can become cluttered very quickly. I have to make sure to put things away and if something doesn't have a place I must create a space.
3. You can't buy everything you want all the time. I will be honest, this has been a bit of a challenge for me. Before buying anything, I have to really think about where it is going to go. Do I really need it? Do I have space for it? Will it add to my space? Will it make me happy? If the answer to any of these questions is no, it will not be coming home with me.
4. Not only is my living space tiny, my wardrobe is as well. Before buying any new clothes, I have to stop and think. Do I love it? Does it look amazing on me? Does it make me feel confident? Is there something in my closet it will replace? My rule of thumb with clothing is one in, one out. I cannot even begin to tell you how many items I have returned to keep my wardrobe from exploding.
5. I feel very secure in a small space. I can see the whole space in one pass and I know I am safe. Living alone and being a female I find this to be very comforting. You wouldn't really know I was tucked back behind my house, unless if you knew. You know?
6. I've learned that you have to purge, then purge some more and then keep purging. It's an ongoing process. It's all good though, the less you have will give you more time and energy to put into other things.
I know I will continue to keep learning more as I go, but for now I feel like I have learned a lot. It is great having a small space and realizing you don't need as much as you think that you do. I highly recommend living in a smaller space, maybe not as small as mine, but we never need as much as we think. As long as we love our space and it brings us joy, that's all that really matters.
Note, the first group of pictures was last year (two thousand and seventeen) when the project was complete. The last group of pictures I took this year (two thousand and eighteen). I turned the dining room into an office/dining room as I was needing a desk and this space made the most sense.