I am back with a Small Space Living Feature. I am very excited about this small living tour, you will not believe this RV! And not only how charming it is but you can see they are thriving living small. Lauren from @thearrowanglers her hubby and baby are living in a 300 square foot RV and she shares why they made the move from an 800 square foot home with us today. As for me I walked away from this blog post today thinking less is so much more! I have a tendency to collect too much- even with clothes, which is ok- it is just about taking something out when you bring in more. Also this small living tour is proof that you can have a beautiful, inspiring space, no matter the size!
Love to hear what you took away from this small living spot today, leave me a comment!
What is your home Motto?
“Grace, Not Perfection” – I feel like this has to come with an explanation. I am a firm believer that I have the time to keep our home clean and feeling comfortable for everyone that comes in, but sometimes it is late at night and the house is a mess and neither of us want to clean, and that’s okay. We must be willing to show each other grace because we have been given the greatest gift of grace.
Why a smaller home?
We knew that as we aimed our family towards moving overseas that we would inevitably have to downsize the amount of stuff we had accumulated in the first year of our marriage. We decided that it would be easier to go ahead and downsize as we moved out of our 800 sqft apartment into a 300 sqft RV, to prepare for our ultimate move overseas. We also dreamed of being able to move our house wherever we moved this final year in the states.
Where do you keep all of the small appliances?
We didn’t bring many with us but our hand mixer and our blender is in the cupboard above our dining table. Our crockpot is underneath the sink (I used it a lot when we first moved in here in the colder months but haven’t used it recently so we probably don’t need it in here.)
Do you have a pantry? Where is all the food?
Yes! We have a mini Pantry. Our pantry pulls out and it’s so amazing because our broom, mop, and dust pan also fit in the pantry! Where is all the food? Most of our food is in the pantry, with the acception of some food that’s in another cabinet above our sink. Our island houses all of our spices and baking stuff!
Kids and their Toys:
What is your approach to kids toys?
I am a firm believer that imaginative play is crucial for a child to grow up. I am surrounded by people who have toys for everything their child could need. A jumper, a walker, a play pen, a exer-saucer, etc. We knew Piper wouldn’t be able to have these types of toys in our tiny home so we just never bought them for her. When she has too many options she gets overwhelmed/overstimulated and doesn’t know what to play with. Not to mention that anything can become a toy of her, a plastic water bottle, a paper cup, a plastic spoon, she loves making a game out of anything! (AMEN! This is my approach too)
How do you store or keep the kids toys and games organized?
She has a small basket of toys that fit underneath the entertainment center and we only get a few out at a time. We also have a few adult games we store in the cabinet above our chairs in the back of our RV.
Are you able to fit all your clothes in your master bedroom?
Yes, but I downsized my closet A LOT. I got rid of 5 garbage bags full of clothes in order to fit into our RV!
How do you keep the kids clothes organized and your clothes?
Piper has a lot of hand me downs from my niece and whenever she phases out of that size clothing I give the clothes back to my sister-in-law. This has helped us so much with keeping her clothes at a minimum and keeping only what currently fits her in our home. She has two drawers and two baskets under her crib that house all of her clothes. She has a little drawer on my side of the closet where I keep all of her diaper changing stuff so I can just lay her on the bed and change her diaper!
Small Space Living Rapid Fire Questions-
SEASONAL DECOR- We don’t have seasonal decor! I imagine that when Christmas comes around I would put up some fresh garland, and a tiny tree in the corner where our dining table is. I love fresh everything so I think I would just do fresh stuff when the seasons roll around! I can picture cute little pumpkins sitting outside the door to our RV.
ORGANIZING PAPERS ETC.- Our papers are all in a file box that fits in the cupboard above the chairs in the back of the RV. When new papers come in we give ourselves a couple days to get the papers into the file box so they aren’t just lingering.
SENTIMENTAL ITEMS- We read the book “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, and her theory about everything she keeps “sparking joy” is what we went with. If we picked up an item we owned and it didn’t currently spark joy we didn’t keep it. We found out quickly there wasn’t much that we were keeping that did spark joy. We have our wedding photo book, and our honeymoon book in the cupboard above our couch! Piper’s baby book is in the cupboard where her toys are, along with some of our books we love and care about!
ENTERTAINING- We LOVE entertaining! We have had had couples over for dinner, our small group meet inside when it was cold outside (12 people), and we even had a family of 7 over for popcorn and to play Settlers of Catan. We pulled the table into the middle of the living room and put our chairs all around it so we could play! If it’s a lot of people over for dinner we will just gather around on the floor!
HARDEST PART- This is hard for me to answer because I am naturally a pretty adaptable person so I don’t find much that I can’t adapt to. I don’t like that there’s no laundry room, and not a lot of room for our shoes. My husband doesn’t like that there is no room for him to go in to get office work done!
BEST PART- I LOVE that there is less space to clean. It definitely gets dirty quicker so it has to be cleaned more often but it doesn’t take long at all so I don’t mind!
Thank you Lauren for this tour and letting us in your home! Make sure to follow Lauren here- @thearrowanglers to keep up with all her great ideas!
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