Downsizing has taught me SO much. We went from 3200 square feet to 1100 square feet! That is a BIG difference. I still can’t believe ALL the crap I brought with us when we moved. It is embarrassing, for example- 4 sets of dishes, 10 plastic totes full of baby and girl clothes, 8 extra dining chairs that I didn’t have a spot for, a lot of seasonal crap, a giant turkey roaster (you know for that BIG thanksgiving I could host in our 10×10 kitchen) a crepe maker, ice-cream maker, a million blankets, sleeping bags for that one time we might actually go camping (never) and a bazillion canning jars….I think you get my point.
What I have learned from all that extra junk we moved 2,000 miles is..
If I don’t use it on a regular basis I do not need it!
If I happen to host thanksgiving I will figure out a different way, maybe the oven to cook my turkey? Or if we happen to go camping we could borrow stuff or take bedding from our bed. I have donated and sold a lot of it and still plan to do more and only keep things that I truly love.
As a rule when I buy something new I make myself turn around and donate a similar item.
New boots equal donating a pair of old boots.
Part of this reflection is thinking of a few pieces we have in our home that I am ready to part with. I have been ready for awhile but just have not found the right thing. Until now! I have been searching for pieces that are super functional and work well for tiny homes and small spaces….you know “downsizing”. So I wanted to share them as a favorite thing because there are!
- I get asked what we use for a desk, I either sit at my kitchen table to work or on my bed. We do have THIS small writing desk upstairs that the girls color and play on. Ok THIS tall dresser that doubles as a desk is my new favorite thing a game changer and from Target?! It comes in white and blue. I am thinking I will get it in the blue or white. Ahhhh hard to choose. But I want to order it this weekend so please tell me. It is going to replace this old dresser in our entry that the drawers stick when we open them….
One more piece I am going to part with is…that big white sideboard in our front room. I thought I would NEVER let this go! But I think something a little smaller would be better then I could fit two chairs. I have been searching for a piece with drawers, basically a dresser. I was thrilled when I came across these-
- #1- THIS one is the matching one to that tall dresser/secretary. I really don’t want to be matchy, but I liked them both so much. #2- THIS I like the long black hardware. #3- THIS one with the doors and drawers and I LOVE the legs. (picture of dresser in room from House Updated).
- I came across THIS home tour of an apartment in Brooklynn New York and every part of it just spoke to me. I love how they carefully selected a clock for their kitchen wall. Very thoughtful and smart about living in a downsized, smaller space.
- I am a big online shopper- like I just signed up to have my groceries delivered to me thru Pea Pod. So it makes total sense for me to order a few pieces that I couldn’t resist from Nordstrom, since their sale ends August 7th!! Hurry!
Nordstrom Key Wardrobe Pieces for Fall-
THESE Ankle Booties with the the cutest whip stitch detail, saved $50! I actually got rid of 3 pair of my tall boots I am all about the ankle boot.
THIS Bell Sleeve Sweater for fall. I am already thinking Christmas pictures because we get them taken early. I think I am going to wear this! I love the price, color and style. I sized up, I want it loose and long.
I typically buy one pair of jeans each year (I wear them over and over and over). I found THESE skinny jeans for a killer price. They will look perfect with the ankle boots and the gray bell sleeve sweater!
Nordstrom Sale for the HOME-
I am in the process of selecting a new runner for our stairs. THIS one is the one I was thinking! I was planning on navy but now I might do black. Also THIS rug is really similar to the one I have in our front room, looks a little softer.
THIS Shower Curtain is a classic white, yet couldn’t be any more unique. A white shower curtain is a must-have.
THIS Throw Pillow is my fall inspiration. If you are going to buy new pillows and do not own basic cream pillows then you need to get these!
I have been doing “Ask Nesting With Grace” on every email I send out when a blog post goes live to all of my subscribers (You can subscribe HERE). I got this email the other day and I wanted to share it here. This is from Erin (who I luckily got to meet in person at a friends house!)