Less of Life and More of Living

I want to share a quick story that might answer a few questions about why we would leave our beautiful, all brick, almost new home in a great neighborhood.  To understand this story, though, I want to share a little bit about our past.  I also need to explain a “stirring” inside me that’s been brewing for a few years now.  This stirring is all about creating less of life and more of living.Less of life and more of living

When Michael and I married 12 years ago (has it really been that long?) we purchased our “starter” home in a quaint “builder grade” neighborhood. We were on a five year plan. You know what I mean, the typical American dream. We would live in this home, maybe bring a child into it, outgrow it, and move on to bigger and better things.

This was exactly how it happened. We lived there about six years before our son was born.  As most of you know, as he grew, his things grew with him and we started to feel the need for something bigger.

You can probably guess where this story is going.

We listed that home, sold it, and moved in to my mother and father in laws home (temporarily) while we searched for bigger and better things.

It took a little while, or more than a while (over a year), to find the home we planned on raising our children in.  We did find it though, and we were overjoyed because it was a foreclosure (In other words, in our budget!!) in one of the best neighborhoods AND it had a whopping 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a dining room and a large office. We thought we had hit the jackpot, and we had.

The bigger the better, right?

I had a checklist of all the things I wanted in a new home, and this home checked most of the boxes. Although I didn’t love all the basic finishes of the home, the space was more than we thought we would ever have!

Fast forward to six months later……

I’m still loving the home and all the space, but I’m starting to realize that the more space you have the more junk you accumulate.

And as ironic as it is being a vintage/junk lover, I HATE clutter.

Somehow during this time my desires for my home started to change.

I realized that having more square footage wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

Personally, the more space I have, the more disorganized I become. Can anyone relate?

As an outlet from my new stay-at-home mom job, I started my blog. I needed to create something for me, my creativity, and a distraction from my colicky baby!

I started updating our home on pennies, with thrift store finds and gallons of paint (without my income, it’s all we could do).

I developed a love for flipping furniture. 

I honed in on my crafty side and decided to even start sharing videos on YouTube!

I was so excited to finally turn our “basic builder grade” home into more of a modern farmhouse style.  I was loving the new touches I could create, all the while doing it on a strict budget!

Even though I loved how our home was evolving, something about it still didn’t seem like “home” to me.

Our home sits on a busy road, with no trees and lots of cut through traffic.  Even if I could change every square inch on the inside, I still couldn’t change the location or the style of the home (modern builder grade).

I longed for a more “cottage style” home with lots of trees and more privacy.

That’s when fate happened. LOL, not really fate, but God put me in the right place at the right time I believe.

I’ll spare all the details, but on one of my afternoon rides (the only way my youngest will sleep) I drove by a home that was clearly being flipped.

Something about this home drew me to it. I’m not going to say I fell in love with the outside, and it’s clearly been added on to and added on to, but something about it felt right.

The lot was shaded with mature trees and I was intrigued by the layout. Long story short, I called on the sign and within a week we met the “flippers” wife, a realtor, and saw the inside. Just a few short weeks later we listed ours and put a contract on this one.

I won’t say it’s our “dream house” (pretty close though), but it sure felt right and I felt like it was made for us.

Let’s get back to my point:

Less of life, more of living

With our 3100 square foot builder grade home, it was everything I thought I ever wanted. Five bedrooms, an office, a dining room, it was a dream right?

My desires have moved from a “the bigger the better” mentality to more of a “less is more” mentality.

I don’t need five bedrooms with just 2 kids. I don’t need an extra dining room (we only used it 3 times in 3 years). And with 5 bedrooms why would I need an office? LOL. Also, I’ve learned that the kids “Playroom” really should be called the disaster room because it looks like a tornado went through on a daily basis.

We’re getting back to the basics with our new home.

It has a private yard that the kids can safely play in.  It has a large family room because that’s where we spend the majority of our time.  It has ample space for toys, but not an entire room that momma has to clean non stop.

More than anything, it feels like us.

So here we go on a new adventure in a new home. Want to see a sneak peak of the inside?

Thanks for following along this journey. I can’t wait to share more pics and more projects.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from our vintage beach cottage.






47 thoughts on “Less of Life and More of Living

  1. Lindsey, I hope you’ll all be happy in your new home. I hate moving so much that when we decided to buy a house I wanted to make sure I got it right the first time! 😀 Realtors always seem to advise that you go for the most square footage you can afford, but I knew I wanted a house that was not a square foot bigger than it needed to be, with a small garage that would not be used for storage and no storage sheds. I wanted a house, not a warehouse! Living space, not storage space! It has worked well for decades. Wishing you all the best.

    1. I love the “I want a house, not a warehouse.” We have cleaned out so much stuff and taken so much to the thrift stores it’s almost embarassing. Thanks for your kind words.

  2. How exciting, a new home. I hate moving too, but sometimes a change is needed. I want to see more. Have fun decorating. Thanks so much for sharing at Dishing It & Digging it.

  3. Good luck with your move! We are in a similar aituation – we have a large house in a great location but the garden is hard to maintain, it’s hard to keep 3 bathrooms clean and, in the end, we don’t need lots of room. We just need each other. We’re staying for the moment but I totally get where you’re coming from with your move. I hope it gives you the life you dream of x

  4. Great move, you will be happy in your new home. Lower heating/cooling costs, you will have less junk, less cleaning less of thegatives and more time to spend and what is really important

    1. This is most excellent Lindsey! I so admire your desire for “more living” and the courage to put it in place. I really enjoyed what you had to say.

  5. Your article hit home with me! I did a massive purge of our home a few months ago and it feels so much better in here! I don’t want to spend my time cleaning up…I want to enjoy my gardens and chickens!

  6. I totally agree with you. The bigger the house, the more clutter you can put in it. I’ve been struggling with clutter ever since we moved, and while I really love the space, it’s a constant battle to try to keep a modicum of organization.
    Thank you for joining The Really Crafty Link Party this week!

  7. We downsized a few years ago and love our little home. It’s very seldom that we wish we had more space and those times just don’t outweigh the enjoyment and comfort we feel 99% of the time.

  8. Such a sweet story! I am so happy for you! We are in the middle of building, what I hope will be, our forever home. It is so nice to find something that really speaks to your heart.

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  9. The thing with space is that we’re tempted to fill it, but sometimes the space is what’s important not the things you put in it.

    All the best for life in your new home and for making the space your own

  10. I can totally relate to more space = more stuff. When I moved to Utah for grad school, I only brought what could fit in my car. I ended up renting a 2 bedroom house and of course by the end of grad school had filled the house with stuff. When I moved from there, I again got rid of everything and only took what could fit in my car. The nice thing about moving so often (I lived in 6 states in 5 years) is that it makes you take inventory of your stuff and get rid of the things that collect but aren’t actually used.

    1. I totally agree; moving can be such a headache but it feels so good to get rid of stuff! Thanks for stopping by.

  11. I hear you; the bigger the home the more cleaning and upkeep there is to do too! We have a very large home and I often wish we had thought to build it just a bit smaller. I am pretty good at keeping on top of the clutter but I bet I would think otherwise if we had to pack up and move. Best of luck to you in your new home.

  12. Lindsey,
    I have started to feel similar, we live on the main road of our village & it is becoming unsettling to us with the amount of traffic that has increased.
    But we love the area…I too believe less is so much more!
    Thank you for your inspiration!

    You’re welcome to drop by for a cuppa anytime!

  13. I can really relate to your story Lindsey, although we are renovating an old home. But when we started the planning, we had an entire extra storey drawn up, complete with parent retreat, craft/office area and ensuite. Then we started thinking about our need for all this extra space, especially as our nest was fast emptying. We downsized our plans, and decided just to revamp what we already had. We’re still in the middle of the reno, but it’s much more suited to our needs, now that there’s mostly just the two of us. I enjoyed reading your post xx

    1. Hi Sue, it’s so refreshing to live with what we NEED and not all the extra. I’m so glad you can relate. Have a wonderful weekend and good luck on all the renovations. Lindsey

  14. I’m really on the same page with your here, particularly when it comes to clothing. I’d rather have a couple of really good looking, well-fitting outfits for dressing up than a closet full of so-so options.
    Great title for this post!

  15. What a lovely room hope you are happy in your new home Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  16. Yes, I can relate! I’ve been on a mission to declutter. Room by room, drawer by drawer it’s getting done. Congrats on your new home that’s just the right size!

  17. I hear ya girl! We moved into our home 9 years ago this July. I knew it was larger than what I wanted, but like yours, it checked off most of the boxes. I wanted a home all on one level. I got it, but I also got two bedrooms, two baths, and a bonus room upstairs that I didn’t really want. This home has been great for all our kids and our grands, but in the next 5 years or so I’m sure we will down size. I’m wanting less, and yes; I have filled this home up! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  18. Within the last year, I have moved to a new city into a home that is half the size of our previous home of 16 years. It is an adjustment but worth it. I love the location and instantly felt at home again, even in a new city. Good luck with your adjustments into the smaller home.

    1. We are adjusting too and so far it’s been a great move. Thanks for stopping by!

  19. I hate clutter! Hate it! Bit we have kids, so we have clutter. Before the Mrs., I was OCD streamlined. Now, I am just lucky if I don’t get stuck in place due t maple syrup! Oy! Best of luck on the move, and much mazel to you all! #thatfridaylinky xo

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