Welcome! Welcome to My Wee Abode! It’s finally here! I can’t believe it! The blog that I have been working on for, wellllll let’s just say a bit too long, is finally here! But, I’m here now, and that’s what is important, right? And, for my very first post, it seems appropriate that I share some of the pros and cons of small home living.
WELCOME TO MY WEE ABODE
Thank you SO much for stopping by to visit my home AND blog. I know some of you have been waiting very patiently (some have waited for months!), and many have even been joining me as I posted some fun little countdown graphics on Facebook and Instagram. So many family members, friends, and fellow bloggers have been encouraging and helping me, in so many ways! I wish I could list each of your names right here… but, then we all might end up being here longer than any of us planned on (at least for today)! I’m so excited to start this little adventure, and I hope that we can share, laugh, and learn from each other along the way!
LET’S GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER
If you haven’t visited my About Page, please do! There you will find out a bit of my background and about how My Wee Abode came about. But, for my first post, I just wanted to share some of the reasons why I (mostly) love the challenges of living in a small home. (Oh, fair warning… I really over-use exclamation points and these little dealies “…”.)
You can see my bucket list items at 5 Wishlist Items for Every Small Home.
PROS AND CONS OF SMALL HOME LIVING
First and foremost, I love the fact that I have a home that is in a lovely area and is also so affordable. The Lord amazingly orchestrated that this tiny rental apartment become My Wee Abode. And that glory-story deserves its own post!
Probably the simplest reason I enjoy having a small home is I LOVE being able to vacuum my whole house in 5 minutes! Literally, I have less than 300sf to vacuum. It’s wonderful!
Along the same line as vacuuming, I love that it only takes 1-2 hours to totally clean my apartment, depending on what I need to do. Picking up and light cleaning really only takes about ½ hour. Doing some deep, spring cleaning can take longer.
Feeling safe and sound is a definite perk of living above a garage where the front door to My Wee Abode is only accessible by walking through the garage (more on that in a “coming soon” post).
I love the challenge of finding unique storage in my place and making it look like it’s ‘just’ decor. Those storage solutions also contribute to My Wee Abode beginning to feel like a cottage/farmhouse loft when you walk in the front door. (BTW, you can get instant access to this winter printable and more in my FREE PRINTABLES LIBRARY… Just click HERE!)
I even love the challenge of cooking without a ‘built-in’ kitchen (again, more on that in another ‘coming soon’ post). (Ooooo… I just realized, I really over-use parenthesis, too.)
Before I go on about some of the difficulties I encounter living in a small home, I want to pause and share a quick story. My mom was an amazing artist and owned her own finished ceramics business for many years. This figurine was one she painted for our home when I was a young girl.
Growing up, I marveled at the details of this piece, every tiny part hand-painted and/or chalked. The beautiful scarf with the plaid lines, the petite flower on the lapel, the ‘leopard fur’ trim on the coat, and the impeccable makeup that always makes me think of Jane Wyman, are just a few of the aspects of the figurine that help me remember what a superb artist my mom was in years gone by. She recently moved into a retirement community, and I was more than happy to help her ‘down-size’ when she asked if I wanted to keep it! So, for the first time “Jane” is skating across my media console this winter. 🙂
Okay… enough nostalgia for today (there will be more in the future, I’m sure!) What don’t I like about living in My Wee Abode?
I don’t have access to a laundry facility on the premises, which is kind of a pain. However, my sweet sister, DeeDee, and my dd (dear daughter), Nika, both live just 5 minutes away and graciously allow me to use their washers and dryers… for a price. I “get” to color my sister’s hair every 6 weeks, and I do have to use quarters at my daughter’s… just like she does.
I have a love-hate relationship with my ‘porch’. Well, it’s more like a landing. I would really love to put a cute little café table and chair or rocker on my porch. But, no-can-do on a 3 x 3 landing. However, I can, and DO get creative with that, too!
Also, I really don’t like *not* having a garage to do all my furniture makeovers (the garage that My Wee Abode is attached to is not mine to use =/ ). However, I’m blessed to have a kitchen that is plenty big enough to get makeovers accomplished, as well as siblings who let me use their yards for larger projects!
As I plug-along on this blogging journey, I’m sure I’ll run into other pros and cons of living in a tiny home, and I’ll be sure to share those when I think of them! But for now, tell me…do you live in a small home? What do you love about it… or not love? Have you ever thought about down-sizing? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Big ‘shout-out’ to my daughter, Veronika “Nika” from Captured Grace Photography (you can visit her and her husband on Facebook). These photos were taken by her at My Wee Abode… she’s giving her mama an education in photography! 😉