Simplicity. Quality. A desire to be purposeful and intentional with this life we've been gifted. Dreams had changed, morphed... the way we were living and the way we wanted to live didn't align. So, we dared to chase a new dream and made what some would consider a fairly radical change.
We sold our comfortable 15 year old, 2 story, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2115 sq. ft. home and downsized to a 57 year old, ranch style, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1300 sq. ft. home.
That may not seem like a significant change, but our basement bathroom is currently out of order, so technically we only use one and we do most of our "living" on our main floor which is a colossal 960 sq. ft.! It's plenty of space though, really!
The moving process went very quickly and rather smoothly with only a few small bumps. We listed our home for sale by owner on a Thursday evening. By Friday we had five showings set up for the weekend and on Saturday morning at our first showing we had an offer at our asking price with no contingencies (no home to sell, willing to forgo an inspection), but they wanted us to decide before the next showing. We accepted the offer and then scrambled to find a new house for us! Fortunately, we had already been looking at houses a couple of months prior. We found our home and ended up moving only a few streets away! We are grateful to still be a part of the same neighborhood that we had grown to love; however, their is a slight contrast. Our old street was full of young families and our new street is full of retired people and their dogs! Retired people are the best neighborhood watch people ever and they know everything-ha! We are so grateful for such sweet, caring neighbors and they love seeing little kids running around the neighborhood again.
Our move in pictures:
|From: 2 story, 2 stall attached garage with white vinyl fenced in yard|
|To: ranch style, 3 stall detached garage with cedar fenced in backyard|
We love having mature trees in our yard! We can't wait to be able to rake the leaves into piles for jumping! In our last house, the trees were so young that we would rake a small pile, toss it into a box and repeat until we finally had enough to dump out and make a pile for the kids to jump into. We also love that this yard has significantly less flower beds to weed and obstructions to weed-whack around; we've gained a lot of time with just that one change. We have big plans to add a bit of curb appeal in the future, but for now we've filled the flower boxes with blooms and removed the bushes to make way for colorful perennials! One of the luxuries we've given up in this move an attached garage, but we now have an extra stall which is a big bonus for the Mr.! We also went from main floor laundry to basement laundry, but since our bedrooms were way upstairs in our last house this really feels no different! We knew that a downsize would mean giving up certain conveniences, but it's been worth it...and really---first. world. problems.
|The heart of our home! Those cream cabinets will be painted white!|
|The Mr. wanted a black door, so I used chalk board paint!|