Change it Up

Last night I was in my customary place on the sofa catching up on Facebook and some of my favorite blogs when I suddenly realized that I was uncomfortable. Not the uncomfortable that you get because you’ve been in one position too long, but an uncomfortableness that comes from your visible stuff being in the same wrong place too long.

I have a TV stand that my husband built for me a few years ago, and since we got rid of our television, it has been repurposed to hold the printer, stereo, cable modem and wifi box. I like the piece. It is pretty and makes me happy, and that’s why I keep it. Plus it’s handy to have a place to store the above mentioned items. However, the thing that made me really uncomfortable was that the stand was in the wrong place — and I saw it in the wrong place everyday. It made me uncomfortable. It had to be moved.

So, when my “furniture mover” got back from his evening walk, I enlisted his help to move things around a bit.  Mind you — we have a very small living room and there are only so many configurations that would work.  After some trial and error, I decided that a major change up was in order.

It’s amazing how something as simple as moving a few pieces of furniture around can make you feel so good. Not only is the printer/stereo stand now in the right place, but the room feels cleaner and new. The view from my spot on the sofa is new. I am more comfortable. I feel content.

Why not try it yourself? Enlist a few helpers and see if you can make something new with your living space. If it doesn’t work, you can always put things back, but you might find that you like it better.

Do you have any good ideas about making changes to your living space?  Any questions?  Leave them in the comment section below.




When we moved into The Cottage from the “tree” house, we lost over 300 square feet. At first, it felt squished, but now we are decluttering and getting rid of unnecessary stuff, and it feels really comfortable. Plus, it’s a lot easier to keep clean! Who knew we could be happy in less than 900 square feet of home? I wonder if we could be happy in an even smaller space????.

Moving to The Cottage

tree-houseWe moved into The Cottage when a tree fell on our house and completely destroyed it.  We lovingly refer to our former abode as the Tree-House for this reason.  Fortunately, when the tree fell, it landed in such a way as to not damage anything in the house — not furniture or appliances or anything really.  Even our furry friends were safe.

We lived in the Tree-House for 8 years and were pretty much resigned to living there a lot longer because the market had turned and we were under water with our mortgage.  Thus, when the tree fell, it was a blessing disguised as a tree.  The Tree-House was over 1200 square feet — not huge by todays standards, but there were four of us at the time and every room was pretty much stuffed to the gills, including the 2 car garage.

I think that if we had been able to pack and move like regular people, we might have been able to get rid of a lot of stuff, but as it happened, we had to pack up amidst the rubble and just get everything out before the demo started.

So, we basically packed up everything and moved it to The Cottage.

thecottageThe Cottage is a little less than 900 square feet 2 bedroom, 1 bath home with a detached one-car garage.  It has no central heat or air, but it does have a great little wood stove.  The owners used to live in it and did a lot of upgrades and remodeling to the kitchen and bathroom.  When we first looked at it, I just thought it was too small for us — but we were desperate for a place to live and the price was right, so we took it.  I figured we could live here a few months and then find something bigger.  That was 3 years ago.

It has been a challenge to find a place for everything, but we did, and we have been happy here.  The location is the best!  It is a 2 minute commute to work for me and we are close to all our little town’s amenities as well.  Mark (my husband) works at home, so he uses some of the living room as his office and hangs out with the wieners all day.

Now that both my boys are out of the house (Thing 1 is at university. Thing 2 is on a mission in Thailand), we’ve done some consolidating to their shared room and use their huge walk-in closet for storage.  There is still room for one of them to come home, but probably not both at the same time.

Did I mention we have a garage?  Well, not really.  Aren’t you supposed to park your car in a garage?  What we really have is a very large storage room — a very large, FULL storage room.  You see, all that stuff from the Tree-House had to go somewhere and there wasn’t room in the house.  Every once in a while we “clean” the garage and throw out some empty boxes and move stuff around, but it doesn’t change the fact that there is just too much stuff (junk?) in that garage.  Something has to change.