Three Things I Don’t Need (Since I Bought a Small House)

The greatest lesson the Cozy Cottage has taught us is the lesson of letting go. Letting go can be a joyful thing. Letting go feels like removing weight from your shoulders. Each day, we’re walking a little lighter and more freely in our little house. I’ve compiled a list of three things I can do without. I don’t need them! I’m free!

1.) Microwave To be honest, this one scared me. I mean, who doesn’t love the smell of microwave popcorn? Or the satisfaction of heating water for your tea right in the mug? And what about re-heating leftovers? No, I definitely wasn’t ready to give up the microwave. And still … it took up precious room on the counter. And how much did we really use it? So I carried it down to the basement. It wasn’t plugged in, but it sat down there, just in case. A week went by. One night, my son brought it up to heat up some water for hot chocolate. But then I showed him how to heat it in a saucepan on the stove. It didn’t take that much longer than the microwave. Mind. Blown. The microwave is gone now. I make popcorn on the stovetop. It’s delicious. I make tea in a kettle. And leftovers get re-heated in a pan. Except for pizza. Have you ever re-heated pizza in the oven? It’s heavenly. Try it. You’ll thank me.

2.) A Fence Our dog Baxter is an active guy. He loves to chase squirrels, rabbits, and squirrels. Oh, and squirrels. Our last house had a nice yard that was entirely fenced in. The Cozy Cottage does not. Before we moved in, we thought, “Of course, we’ll have to put up a fence for the dog.” Well, we haven’t, and we’re not going to. We love the way our back yard opens up to our neighbors. We’ve had so many wonderful conversations with the folks on either side of our house, and many of those conversations wouldn’t have happened if we had a fence. Also, we walk more. Baxter refuses to let us laze on the couch. When he’s gotta go, he’s gotta go! So we get up, and we take a walk. A lot of times, my husband and I walk together, and we have uninterrupted conversation! Or sometimes I’ll grab one of my kids, and I love hearing what’s going on in their world. Best of all, sometimes I walk alone. I have real thoughts, and I can finish them. I’m getting closer to solving the planet’s problems and world domination. Fence? No thanks.

3.) Master Suite In the near future, I’m going to devote an entire post to our “Master Bedroom,” because even I can’t believe in our bedroom setup. Our house has two bedrooms. That’s right! So it’s taken a little creativity to make sure everyone has a comfortable place to sleep. I used to think I wanted a giant bedroom with a sitting area, maybe even a couch and a desk, and an adjoining bathroom with two sinks so my darling husband could brush his teeth at his sink while I washed my face beside him in my sink. Our reality is nothing like that. Our Cozy Cottage has one bathroom, and sometimes it gets a little crazy, especially when five people are trying to get ready at the same time. But our little “master” bedroom is just enough for our queen-size bed, a lamp, and a little bookshelf. We have one closet and no dresser (but thanks to IKEA, our bed has four spacious drawers beneath it). You know what? My tiny bedroom is awesome! It’s pretty easy to keep neat, and there isn’t room for a lot of extra junk in there. Therefore, it’s a very relaxing place to be. When I go in there, I know I have a lamp, a book, comfy pillows, and my jammies. Turns out I don’t need the other stuff.




3 thoughts on “Three Things I Don’t Need (Since I Bought a Small House)

  1. Katie Marsico November 17, 2016 / 2:16 am

    As someone living in a split level with seven other people, three dogs, two hamsters, and a box turtle, I love it!


  2. Cheryl A Turek November 17, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    You have become my mentor! Every day I look around our large 4 bedroom [3+ office] 2 story with full basement home and remove something that I have no idea why I am keeping it or have not used in the last 2 if not 5 years. We talk of downsizing, but not as small as you have done. Maybe only a 2 bedroom with basement. We don’t use our living room or should I call it the formally entertaining room, or the dining room which only stores the “Good” dishes that we use once a year. But that is not the worst! I have a holiday storage room that houses boxes upon boxes of decorations for each and every holiday that is on the calendar!
    I want to go back to being in a simple life, having what I need with in reach and not tucked away in some closet or room the requires a drawn out thought process to access.
    Thank you for inspiration and the joy that you and yours have shown all of those who know you.


  3. sharon schlundt November 17, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Thanks.  It’s always fun reading your thoughts and experiences.   Do you realize that you are writing chapters of your book.  That’s how Jerry Apps began too.  He writes something every single day, a decades-old habit.  At least two have turned into books. In from Springdale Farm conversations around the work table, I have learned that some people think microwave actually makes a negative change in the food used in it.   One thing I wouldn’t need in a small house is a dog.  Ha.  But you have turned out to be a happy dog family.  

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