1700 square feet

We live in a three-bedroom, two-bath house. It was built in the 60’s by my grandparents. It’s old, totally not cookie cutter, and I love it.

But, how much space do we need?

My husband and I went on a housing search last year. The American Dream. Own your own home, and be a slave to your mortgage lender. Blegh. Makes me sick to my stomach.

Our house we live in is paid for. My grandparents built it and paid for it. I don’t even know if there was ever a mortgage on it. I’ll have to ask my mom.

But, the best part of it is there is no mortgage now.

What not having a mortgage has allowed me to do:

  • Stay at home with our beautiful treasure: our foster daughter we are waiting to adopt.
  • Be a less-stressed mom, wife and Christ follower. I’m giving all my worries to God — trying to anyway.
  • Re-evaluate what is really important to me and what I can do without.
  • Have time to write, think and breathe.
  • Garden.

Now, this all hasn’t been easy. Adjusting to half an income is hard. Especially in today’s world. Why is dirt and water so expensive? I don’t get it.

Anyway…

What not having a mortgage has taught me:

  • That I don’t need 1700 square feet to survive.
  • That I am much happier in a smaller space.
  • That a smaller space is easier to clean.
  • That living with others teaches you the love Christ has for us.

You see…instead of buying our own home, we decided to live in community with my mother. Our floor plan is such that we can separate into two “homes.” One: a one-bedroom apartment with kitchen, and the other: A two-bedroom, one-bath with a living area, and a converted minimalist kitchen in the dining room we never used except for holidays. Now, it is used daily. The living area is the heart of our home, and we are happy. At least I am. If momma ain’t happy…

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And, momma is happy. In our smaller space we can enjoy each other. We stay outside more and enjoy God and His creation. We garden not only to be outside and I have time now, but to provide food for us and for others. God is faithful.

This isn’t for everyone, and I get that. But, it is for me and my family. We are minimalist with too much stuff, simple livers who love God, and a family who would rather be with each other than with our co-workers. God bless’em!

How much space do you need? Is living in community the way to go? Chime in by clicking the link above this post.

God bless y’all on this minimalist journey,

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

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