to upgrade [ OR ] make do

On Facebook this week I became really transparent about my discontentment of our small home and larger family. Here is what I said:

The constant discussion in our house: 

We live in a 1,200 square foot home with 6 people. Four of whom are of the male persuasion and three that are very active little boys. The noise in my house is sometimes deafening and we often feel like we can't escape from what everyone else in the house is doing. Privacy is hard to come by.

More land, more bedroom space for the kids and
 a much larger kitchen/dining area for feeding the brood/entertaining are our main reasons to want to move.

But as we look at our single income, the housing market and our life goals, we can't reconcile it all to make it happen. We are stuck.

So, I've been praying for contentment and creativity to make our small-to-us space work for all of our whole food cooking, homeschooling, homesteading, and living. And I would love any input you have! I'm pinning like crazy over on Pinterest and trying to think outside of the box to make our house my dream home.


The response back was overwhelming. People offered ideas, blogs to read and encouragement from their own small quarters. It was just what I needed to garner new enthusiasm to make this house work for our family.

We bought it before we knew what kind of family we would become. I was 8 months preggo with my second kid and a 10 month old baby under foot. We had no idea we would adopt two more kids at the same time, that we would want to homeschool or move towards homesteading. We bought a stereotypical house for a stereotypical family. Little did we know it was all about to change.

Now, I am ready to tackle this house with new vigor and enthusiasm to make it my dream home. My Pinterest board is filled with ideas of triple hanging bunk beds and hammock lofts. It's getting exciting around here as I dream and search for the perfect, budget-friendly ideas. My oldest was even getting giddy when I showed him some of my ideas.

And who knows, there might even be some DIY/home improvement posts to come out of it...

P.S. Did you know we thought about downsizing our home?


Brittany at Equipping Godly Women said...

I'm trying to make do as long as possible, but no one would blame you if you upgraded! Have you searched Pinterest for small house decorating tips?

Anonymous said...

I am sure you will come up with some amazing ideas. Cannot wait to hear the progress. Take it one room (one bite) at a time. You never know what opportunities may arise when you least expect them.

EllyMae said...

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/332492384962580321/ this is another idea for 3 "bunk" beds but built on one wall. I wasn't sure how to send it to you directly on Pinterest! Looks like you have a wonderful family and wherever you live , Love is the most important "ingredient" not space!! I'm sure your children are very blessed to have you both as parents! If you want to check, I'm Luella Raper on Pinterest and I do have a Kids category and learning category mostly aimed to help my Grandchildren. Luella

Melissa French - The More With Less Mom said...

It's good to think through all your options before making decisions. Hello from Anti-Procrastination Tuesday!