The summer is gone!


Summer went by in a fast blur, and it seems autumn has already fallen upon us, literally. It has been pouring for 4 days straight, monsoon-like rainfalls that stop for an hour or so at a time and then continue all night long. I really don’t mind the rain, but since we’ve moved into this tiny apartment it gets hard entertaining the children. They are literally bouncing off the walls all. the. time.

Our lease on our old place came up at the end of July, and because of construction delays, we aren’t able to move into our house (because there are no windows on it… or walls, or plumbing, or electrical…), so we’ve rented a tiny apartment of 750 sq ft. I realise that’s not SO tiny, I realise there are smaller places in the world and that we are lucky to have a roof over our heads… but squeeze a family of four into a one-bedroom plus den apartment, (we sleep in the den, which doesn’t have doors) and the kids share the master bedroom, and suddenly you start to understand how sardines feel in their tin cans.

To combat the feeling that this space is too small for us, which it really isn’t, only we’ve grown accustomed to a larger space, we’ve left most of our items in storage. I’m slowly going through the boxes in our storage unit to find more fall-appropriate clothing, but the kids toys will be limited and they will be allowed to ‘swap’ them occasionally, the only kitchen appliance I have is my Breville Keurig coffee brewer (which I absolutely adore!) and it works as a kettle for hot water as well.

The less stuff you have, the more room you have.

I am turning that line into my new mantra.

Living in this tiny apartment is a good exercise in ‘minimal living’, where keeping clutter under control is a never ending chore.

I am looking forward to the next couple of months living here, seeing what stories come about, what my children learn from ‘downsizing’, and eventually moving into our own-built home.

How has your summer been? Anything new?

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4 thoughts on “The summer is gone!

  1. Hey lady!!!! I missed ya!!!! Good to see you are settling in your new “cozy” home. I wish we had more rain here on east coast. I absolutely love the rain. This summer I’ve been partying it up like I am 22 again lol. And then my acid reflux kicked in and reminded me of my alcohol intakes hahah

  2. I should really adopt the minimal approach to living. I find that I have accumulated too much crap that I don’t really need. I already did one huge purge of things I haven’t picked up in years. Now that I’ve done that, I feel like I can go back and purge more.

    It’s true, if I get rid of most of my stuff, my home will look much bigger.

    1. Yes yes yes!
      I think as consumers we’ve been programmed from a young age to acquire, purchase, store, organize and buy more stuff. Fill up our houses! Buy stuff because others have it! And then we’re stuck in the middle of this huge pile of stuff that we don’t even want and can’t even decipher what means anything to us anymore… sorry for the rant.
      It’s very true though, purging becomes addictive and it’s almost a challenge – What else can I live without?