I kinda’ let the cat out of the bag the other day, when I told you that the hubs and I sold our big house and are now living in a tiny apartment.
But don’t cry for me. We are having the time of our lives.
Living in this tiny space is mostly tolerable because I know it is temporary. I know the exact day, date and time we’re moving out. I’m learning that I can handle just about anything challenging as long as I know it won’t last forever.
I’ve also learned the value and joy of choosing to focus on things that are positive for which I am grateful.
Kitchen. What’s not to enjoy about a kitchen (I use the term loosely) in which I can make dinner, rinse the dishes, load them into the dishwasher, put something into the fridge and move clothes from washer to dryer—without having to take more than two steps. That’s tiny. Amazing, too.
Parking. We have tons of parking, something I hadn’t considered much before in my life. With our tiny home comes massive amounts of parking. Go figure. I never worry about where I’ll park or if I need to move the car on street-sweeping day. It’s all so very convenient.
Quick and easy. It takes about 30 minutes to clean this place from top to bottom. And I laugh the entire time because it’s like cleaning a doll house.
No peer pressure. I don’t care what anyone thinks. This place is not mine. I’m not responsible for color choices or the decor of which there is none. I’m learning a lot about how freeing it is to not be under the weight of something called peer pressure.
Planning. A big part of this equation is the home we have waiting for us in Colorado. I never thought about how much fun it could be to play interior designer. That’s what it feels like because I have floor plans, paint color charts and … Pinterest. Oh, my. I have discovered so many clever and new ideas for our new home.
Angie’s List. We bought this house in Colorado. We live in California. How do we manage to get housecleaners, garage door servicer, painters and carpet cleaners in to look at the jobs and give us quotes? How do we select the right contractors when we are so far away? How do we let them into the house? Who inspects their work? Who can we trust?
I’ll tell you how: Angie’s List. This company has worked well for us here in California, so I added Colorado to our membership (cheap). I went online and searched for the services we needed. I contacted only those Colorado providers with multiple A+ ratings who service the area of our property.
I contacted companies one by one. By phone. I wanted to talk to someone. I was up front in telling them I’m far away. I need people I can trust—not only with access to my home, but to do the work without me hovering.
Want to know what happened? Well, I hired Colorado’s finest housecleaning service, the best ever carpet steam cleaning service ever, a fine garage door servicing company and an extraordinary painter. Each one had many A+ ratings on Angie’s List. I gave each of them the 4-digit code to the garage door, which allowed them access to the house.
Each service providers sent pictures via their cellphones so I could see their work. We had that place sparkling within a week, as each of these providers coordinated their work with the others.
Our lovely tenants arrived, changed the code on the garage door, moved in and got settled into the community—all without us needing to set foot inside the state. Imagine that. Angie and her company saved the day for us and I am so grateful.
Less impulsivity. I am impulsive by nature, and it can be a problem. But I cannot be impulsive during this interim time in my life. I can’t decorate, I can’t shop for furniture or even arrange the furniture that we own already. Everything is in storage. The house is far away and currently occupied by tenants, who really have become caretakers. All I can do is plan–not such a bad thing. I’m focusing every day on patience, and pretty darn proud of myself for how patient I’m becoming.
Knitting. Oh, how I love to knit. I have precious little time to do that, normally. But this unique living situation has given me lots more time to do this crazy little hobby that I love so much.
Life is good.