I’ve had this post in my head for a while now, and just haven’t had the energy to actually sit down and write it out! Fortunately, yesterday BuzzFeed shared my Black and White Gallery Wall project which gave me lots of new visitors and – conveniently – the gumption to share this mini-novel of a post. A few of you who follow on social media might already be aware that early in February, my family made the decision to move to Nashville, Tennessee. That’s why I haven’t had much of a chance to blog since then. In fact, we’re already moved and have been in the South for about a month now!
Long story short, my husband was pursued by a company down here to do work in the audio/visual field. It’s what he’s been doing most of his life, this is just a new opportunity to look at it from a different angle. Instead of running everything on the church end, he’s helping churches with installations and what not. (At least, I’m pretty sure that’s what he does)! It’s more of a 9-5 job which has been great for our family, and the boys are loving having their Dad home more often. Of course – we are in love with the area and the weather, too!
Here’s the catch – to be wise with our finances and to make sure we didn’t jump into something we’d later regret, we decided to get an apartment. We wanted to be sure of what each pay check would look like and get to know the different location options. With the knowledge we had at the time, I think we made a great move. Unfortunately, the new place is less than half the size of our beautiful home in Indiana! There are definitely some pros … and for sure a few cons, and I have some days where I struggle a bit – no shame in admitting it.
What are some things I love about having a smaller space?
– I can literally deep-clean the whole house in an hour or less
– I don’t have to move the plug when I vacuum
– We have valet trash service … a lazy person’s dream
– We’re forced to get rid of stuff we don’t need
(talk about taking the 40 bags in 40 days challenge to a whole nother level)
What are a few of the things I’d rather live without?
– My kids acting like mad men with no place to go
– Having no space for all of my kitchen stuff
– Not being able to have Mommy alone time … ever
– A general lack of storage
Like I said … the adjustment is a day-by-day process and it’s definitely not always easy. I do love that I’m getting a chance to bring new life to some of my decor pieces, though!
We have gotten a contract for our house in Indiana, and should be closing next month if all goes well; so we are searching for homes here in Tennessee now. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my “small-living” tips with you guys as the weeks go by in the apartment, and we’re leaning towards purchasing a fixer-upper that we can really get our hands dirty with!