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Pre-Holiday Purge

Sometimes it feels like I'm drowning in toys. I'm sure many moms can relate. Just as I've finally sorted, downsized, and reorganized my girls' array of playthings, another birthday comes along (or worse: Christmas), and we have to start the process all over again. Living in a small or tiny home means that it's impossible to keep every toy my girls are given forever, and I don't think that's a bad thing.
I try to encourage gifts that are easily stored, ones that foster the imagination, and gifts of experiences as much as possible, but in the end, I care more about the heart of the giver than the gift itself, and I want to foster an attitude of gratefulness in my children regardless of what presents they get throughout the year. We do keep a lot of their bigger play things at their grandparents' houses to play with when we go visit, but toys still manage to accumulate throughout the year. 
Recently, a friend of mine suggested implementing a pre-holiday pu…

Happy Thanksgiving!

We here at Small Home Family want to wish all of our American readers a very happy Thanksgiving!

May you enjoy a warm home (no matter the size), good food, and blessed times spent with family and friends.

Back in the Cloth Habit

It's been two weeks since we pulled out the cloth diapers again, and it's going remarkably well. I have had no trouble keeping up with the laundry, and Sweetheart seems to have adjusted to the change just fine. It feels kind of like I've said hello to an old friend again, which is a strange way to talk about diapers, I will admit.

One thing that has really surprised me is how the need to wash diapers has helped me stay on top of regular laundry as well. Since I'm running next door to check the diaper laundry already, it's really not a big deal to throw in a load of regular clothes once I'm done washing diapers. Smaller, more frequent loads are easier to fold and put away, too. I am finding that we don't need as many clothes when I wash them sooner. My drawers are getting kind of full since there aren't a bunch of clothes in various laundry piles all the time. I really never thought that adding additional laundry to my routine would make my home run more…

The Great Christmas Tree Ordeal of 2004

Thirteen years ago, we were young newlyweds living on love, so excited to be starting our life together and creating our own holiday memories and traditions along the way.

As college students, we were country folk living in the city for the first time, and in our hometown (where we live once again now), most people who want a real Christmas tree go out to the Christmas tree farm and chop one down themselves. They tie it to the top of their car or put it in the back of their pick up and drive it home. This was what we both remembered doing growing up, and we were out of our element in our new, big-city life.

It became clear pretty quickly that there was no tree farm near our apartment, and even if there had been, we had no rope to tie the tree to the top of our little car and no money to buy a rope. We barely had enough money to buy a tree. There was a tree lot a couple of blocks away from our apartment, and one afternoon in December, we walked the short distance to pick out our first…

Cloth Diaper Dropouts

I mentioned in a prior post that we often trip over boxes of diapers.

Disposable diapers.

It seems antithetical to the tiny house movement, doesn't it?

So why haven't we jumped on to the cloth diapering bandwagon like so many of our fellow small-living parents have?

Here's the honest to goodness truth:

We are cloth diaper dropouts.
Sunshine, who is now four and mostly potty trained during the day, wore cloth diapers almost exclusively until we started toilet training before Sweetheart (20 months) was born. I spent months sewing a fitted diaper stash for the little baby stage, and we stocked prefolds and covers and pocket diapers and inserts and doublers and an all-in-one and more fitteds for Sunshine as she grew. We have enough cloth diapers to go days between washings, and we invested a fair amount of money into that stash.

As we prepared for Sweetheart's birth, I pulled out the smallest diapers and got them all ready to go for our second time around. I couldn't b…

I could live with an outdoor space like that...

Remember that big house I talked about in this post? The one my brother-in-law and his wife were hoping to purchase? Well, they moved into their new home on Halloween, and Chris spent most of the morning and afternoon helping them carry furniture and boxes into their new digs. That evening, we packed up our girls (I mean Owlette and Catboy) and drove across town to go trick-or-treat at Uncle E and Aunt W's new place. I got the full tour, and my girls went crazy running all around and up and down the stairs and into closets and behind closed doors. I had a mild panic attack as I chased Sweetheart around, trying to keep her from all of the things that haven't been baby proofed yet.

Ah, family time at it's finest!

A house of the several-thousand-square-foot variety is clearly not my cup of tea, but I am looking forward to spending time visiting, especially since it's now only a fifteen minute drive to their house rather than the half hour it used to take to go see them.