You must be minimalist! {OMG! WHY??}

"dustcatchers" on the wall

“dustcatchers” on the wall

Ha! no way! I absolutely LOVE my stuff. My little sister calls them dust catchers and “tierelantijntjes”. She is the minimalist in the family whose house could have jumped out from the pages of some fancy home magazine.

I love my bits and bobs, my rocks and gems and little statues. Beautiful shells from my travels line the many tiny shelves and display corners. My window sill is a giant shrine to the things in life that I love. my walls have many pictures and paintings and tiny shelves that should hold herbs painted in fantastically kitchy colours. And yes, dusting takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r!

I LOVE stuff!

I am far more selective about it now. I have to be. If I mooch around a carboot sale or a nice little charity shop and I find treasure it needs to:

  • be small enough to fit on one of my shelves
  • be so beautiful I will smile every time I see it
  • fit into my mad colour scheme (some people say I don’t have one and its chaos, they may be right!!)
  • have meaning in some way
  • have more than 1 purpose

These are the “rules” I go through when I find something. Rules are there to be broken though and if I really really love it I will break one of the other rules and bring it home.

Sometimes things will no longer fit the purpose I bought them for, sometimes they break or sometimes a friend sees something and loves it much more than I ever did and the item leaves my home making space for something else.

I don’t think living tiny means living minimalistic. I think living tiny gives you more space to be you and if chaos and stuff is what you love living tiny won’t stop you!

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OMG WHY? How small is small? {small house living}

small house means we are all close together

small house means we are all close together

When I tell people my boys and I live small I always get asked “how small”. hence a post on how small our small living is.

We have three rooms in our home. A boys room, an everything room and a bathroom

The everything room

Size 6 x 4 metres aprox

This is the kitchen, my studio, my bedroom, our diningroom, our livingroom. It is truly everything! I have a very small budget so right now it doesn’t make best use of the space and it isn’t exactly as I would like it to be but I have made it work with what I have.

What is in this room?

you know writing this all down has made me realise just how well those hours of playing Tetris as a child where spend!!

  • non perishable food for at least a month ( and enough tea for an entire army!)
  • plates/cutlery/pots/pans/few select kitchen gadgets
  • cooker with 4 gas hobs and double oven
  • fish tank
  • lots and lots of house plants
  • seedlings
  • fridge/freezer
  • approx 500 books (and many many more on Kindle!)
  • sofa bed (no further storage in this)
  • dining room table (lid lifts to store craft supplies)
  • 6 crates of craft supplies
  • potato box doubles as a seat at the table

The boys room

size 4 x 4 metres

The boys bedroom. Generally know as the lego death trap!

in this room we have:

  • 1 bunkbed
  • 1 loftbed
  • 2 chests of drawers (one for clothes, one for lego)
  • Many shelves in the alcoves for books, projects, games etc.
  • Small TV with a WII so we can snuggle up and watch Netflix during one of those many rainy days
  • 2 bookcases
  • desk with pc (under the loft bed)
  • 8 crates with toys (under the bunk bed)

The bathroom

size 2 x 3 metres

In this room we have

  • shower
  • washing machine
  • toilet
  • washbasin
  • storage for all bathroomy bits (tp-paper, soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, washing powder etc)

The Harry Potter (known to most people as the cupboard under the stairs)

Size. awkward

This isn’t a room, its a built in storage cupboard. There is just about enough space for a bunch of crates. a large ikea bag of knitting yarn and my bedding.

Home ed highlights

its been a quiet week filled with lots of walks.

my boys following the path to the mudsprings

my boys following the path to the mudsprings

tracking

tracking

leaf fungi

leaf fungi

Even though we go walking here quite often we always find something new. Like this fungi on a leaf!

snailshell

snailshell

The dangerous mudsprings!

The dangerous mudsprings!

The mud springs are an SSSI and far less exciting than they sound! you really have to know what you are looking for to see them. Sometimes if you are very lucky the mud oozes out towards the stream and its easier to see what all the fuss is about.

best time to have a train stopped!

best time to have a train stopped!

funghi!

funghi!

incense supplies!

incense supplies!

These crab apples where dug out from the mud given a rinse in the canal and taken home where I cut them into slices and strung them and hung them up to dry. once dry I add them to my own incense mixes.