Before moving to the tiny: the start of getting rid of all of your stuff!

It seems a little backwards to accumulate stuff while trying to eliminate it before going tiny, but going from city life to mountain life full time requires a lot of "different stuff".  

So far the process has been like this: 

1. Make a list of what you NEED to live at the tiny, example - outdoor space. A gazebo is a must, an outdoor sofa / sitting area is a must, a snow blower = probably important, a permanent space to house records & of course slippers. And not the cheap kind - the really really good kind. 

2. Look and sort through what you HAVE currently, what is stupid (aka the 24 margarita glasses you've been saving because you MAY have a party someday), get rid of said ridiculous glasses but look for mason jar glasses with lids because - you'll actually use them.  

3. Make piles of "donate"/ "sell" and "uhhh I'm not sure I kinda wanna keep it", these piles will stay in the house for----evvverrr- because it's hard to remember to donate them and eventually you just donate the for sale pile anyways. 

4. Panic and order things on amazon because you won't have access to amazon and your spices need organization BEFORE you go tiny. Spices seemed like a priority because - moving to the mountains and for some reason I feel like they may not have spices in Golden, Bc. This is my fear based way of thinking and is NOT real. (But seriously my spices look so good now! Here's the link to order them! 

 

5. Try to figure out storage, because we do special things that we are going to keep. Even though we are purging a lot - we have items that we have to keep. Art. Family keepsakes, baby books etc.They mean a lot to us but we won't have room directly in the tiny to keep them safe without taking up space for food/ current clothing needs. 

 

 

How do the kids feel about selling, purging:

Rhett is excited, he seems to enjoy breaking things more than keeping them - and his love for sciences experiments allow us to teach him that at the tiny on the property he will have SO many toys

Kinsley, just wants to keep some of her Archies and her phone, and computer. Since Covid all of her friendships are online, I mean on Saturdays they play games on the computer instead of play dates - this frustrates me to the core but also I see it as a positive as we transition 2.5 hours away! Shell be able to maintain those relationships because of her phone and computer. 

Neil, he lives like a minimalist already - so the purging isn't too much. His main goal right now is to make sure the family is setup for success when we live there - so ordering the things our family MUST have in order to have water, heat etc during the winter months. When I first met Neil - his apartment was the cleanest place with a spot for EVERYTHING. I knew I liked him ASAP because of his simple lifestyle lol. 

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Mom (that's me!):

I am holding onto things that I know I should part with. Today I sorted through jewelry - do I really need the hoops I wore to the bar during my college days in London, Ontario? Do I really need the ring my first boyfriend gave me in grade 6 with a "B&M" on it? Probably not - but they all hold memories. Having gone through the process almost 19 months ago of purging to go tiny post separation, I find this time much harder. I purged 90% of my "things" already once, and as I continue I feel my value is lowering. 

Which makes me realize - this is more important than before. It is no secret that I love nice things, and when choosing things to go inside the tiny I want to make sure every single piece is something I LOVE. Also knowing that one day (2 years is the goal) we will build a home and be able to put a lot of these beautiful things into our home that we've built together. 

Rhett & I show you some of the PILES of stuff we have, and this is just a glimpse, it feels crazy to think I've been in this rental for 15 months and have become a "Costco" family. Meaning storing shelves of paper towels, toilet paper and corn (randomly). That may have been a result of covid-19 panic moments, and a few moments of I want to make sure I'm prepared for ...life. 

 

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Spice jar transformation: 

Spice jar labels, the perfect blend of simplicity & modern farmhouse style. 

Small spice jars that are perfect for EVERYTHING. 

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- Megan, Rhett, Kins & Neil. 

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