I’m getting used to this small house, farm living life. When we first started looking for a house we both agreed we needed more space. We had slowly downsized the past few houses from 4,000 sq. ft to 2,400 and we were dying in that. When we saw this house I just knew this was the one. It was small we even left and laughed that there was no way. Before we got home I told Ivan to go back. I said I think it can work. My sister lives in California and everything in California is on a much smaller scale. So when I told her the size of our house she laughed and said that would be like a mansion to them. She’s helped me realize we live in excess. We buy more and more junk and fill up our houses until they are cluttered and we are constantly cleaning just to keep the clutter at bay. Why do we torture ourselves? Why do we hang on to useless crap? Do you ever go to a hotel and think, I could live like this? This is actually really nice, I have what I need. I do. So Ive been on a quest to de-clutter the house, get rid of stuff and simplify. Can I just tell you how freeing it is. I still have a ways to go. But man have I gotten rid of so much stuff and its like a weight lifted. You should try it. Just watch an episode of hoarders buried alive. It’ll get your buns cleaning in no time. I love having my family so close together in this house, it doesn’t feel small because we spend so much time outside. Which is one thing we never did in our last tiny backyard. We are on over an acre and we have huge trees that sway in the wind, I really love that sound. Its peaceful in the backyard. I feel like I’m in a small town but I get to be right in the middle of the city. Its pretty perfect.