Oh my gosh. What is wrong with my blog? Apparently the draft of this post has been live on my blog for a while in weird formatting. Ignore that. Moving on:
In my last post I began to tell you how/why on earth our family has decided to sell our lovely Single Family Home (which we love and adore) and move into a tiny condo.
With peaceful excitement.
Shall we continue?
The Manchild and I have really chewed on the idea of buying/building a tiny, well-planned house over the past year or so. I’ve never really dreamed about living in a house bigger than the one we are currently in. And it only has 1900 finished square feet (+ the unfinished basement). I’d retire in this house and never leave it that were in the cards/felt right for us. So “going bigger” isn’t on my radar. But going smaller? Yeah.
Imagine this: you’ve got a magic eyeball that can see the thoughts in my head: These are the phrases that swirl around in there underneath the gray hair-dyed brown. Sometimes these phrases square dance with each other. Sometimes these words eat chocolate together.
“Experiences Instead of Stuff”
“Liberation from STUFF”
“Cleaning the House all Day vs. Feeling Guilty for NOT Cleaning the House All Day vs. Cleaning the TINY house in 30 Minutes Flat Then Moving on With my Life”
I dunno about you, but those words excite me to no end! They really strike a chord in me and bring me great peace. But these are ideals- thoughts. They are sorta way out there as fun things to put on a motivational poster. But how would somebody go about ACTING ON THEM?
Let me tell you how we took steps forward to act on them:
1.We started looking at properties for sale and very small house plans. This was quite the job. I found a lot of tiny house plans that were “studios” or “one bedrooms” but it was tough to find plans with 2 or 3 bedrooms. See my Pinterest board (it doesn’t have a ton of pins on it, but the pins there will take you to some great resources). I began to research “house building permits” and was completely lost/out of my element.
2. We also had begun to talk about the possibility of moving overseas as a family at some point in the future. This kind of thought sort of battles against the previous one– Why would we build a custom/unique house, then leave it to move across the globe?
3. And also- We don’t really want to move out of our school zones if we are going to move semi-locally (ie. if we are staying in the DC area, let’s not have to make all new friends and change schools, right?).
4. And there’s the other thing– We have quite a lot of equity in our home and if we sold it, the equity could pay off our debts and we’d be debt free. (My definition of debt free is a bit fuzzy, but let’s not get into details today, k?)
5. In addition: I’d like to say “Yes” more often to good things. To lots of things. Like– if my husband said to me, “Ang, I want to do something different with my life and go be a garbage man. That would be my life’s passion! But the pay stinks.” I’d like to be able to say, “Yes. Fine. Let’s do what you want! Be happy!” I’d like for him to have options and not have a large home/mortgage/school loans/other debts hanging around his bread-winner neck.
I’d like to say “Yes” when my kids beg us to go get a season pass to the local amusement park. I’d like to say “Yes” to parkour summer camp. I’d like to say “Yes” to a family trip to NYC. This isn’t just a financially-driven “YES”. This would be a “Sure. We’ve got time and money and this is a good thing and since we don’t have any debts/obligations/lifestyle-necessitated time constraints that force me to say, “sorry, no”, then I will say “Yeah, let’s do it!”
p.s. I still fully enjoy saying “No” when my kids ask if we can go into the “Candy Palace” at the mall and buy some candy. That just makes me feel good and mean. Kids are better off when they hear a healthy amount of “No’s”, ya know?
So should I tell you how we found THE CONDO and how I know that this is all THE RIGHT THING to do even though most people think we are absolutely crazy and/or must be too poor to afford our house and therefore are down-sizing under duress? I should tell you. And I will! In the next post :-)