There really are not words to express the level of happy I am to be unpacking and putting things in their place. While moving, running two businesses, and getting use to our new surroundings, lots has slacked. I don’t remember the last time I cooked, or got a hair cut. But, what I do know is my house is 90% less boxes, and rooms are starting to look like rooms. Who needs food and good hair when you can actually walk around your own home?
The challenge with our new home is that it’s a whopping 4,000 square feet less than our old one, with no garage or attic space to help us shift things around as we figure it all out. The rooms are also much smaller, which is why we plan to be adding on some bigger rooms to the house. We just feel like it will give us the space we need to be happiest in this house. Our old house helped us learn where we want to splurge and invest more time money and energy, so we are confident we can make this smaller space work for us, with a few loving edits. If you follow us on IG, you have a good idea of what our cottage looks like, if not, here is a less cryptic peek.
We have BIG plans for this little house, but we also love so much about her already. I always wanted a front porch, and we have already been using it so much! Atlas loves to play out there, and the weather has been amazing. It’s a serious dream come true. Also, Atlas has grown SO much during this move. It’s insane.
So now that you know what the house and the baby look like these days, it’s only natural to show you what his room looks like today. We have a laundry list of things to do in there, but it does feel good to be able to have it usable.
We moved his old rug into the living room, because this room is too small (we have plans to expand it), and used the old guest rug in here (for now). The same curtains and cozy chair made the cut as well as one of the campaign dressers Joey refinished a while back.
The same lamp and end table work in this small space, so we kept them too. I am a bit bummed we can’t fit both the dressers in there right now, but I keep reminding myself they will be reunited in a little bit. Right not his twin is living in the storage facility like the bad child sent off to boarding school while this one plays the role of a changing table.
A new thing about this house is floor vents. Very cool, and work great, but they kind of tell you where you can and can’t put furniture. And because walking over them with a skirt is not appropriate with a toddler in my company, one must be careful.
If you step out of Atlas’ room (the tiled room is a bathroom, his room is next to it, and my temp office is the door next to Atlas’.), it get’s a little funky with the funhouse door thing going on. We plan to merge my office with his room and install a door jam that would face you, instead of two doors kind of facing each other. This will double the size of his room, and his closet.
This final pic is the other end of the hallway. To the right of the stairs is our current master, up the stairs is the guest quarters, Joey’s studio, and Atlas’ playspace. We plan to make the upstairs our master, and possible turn the current master into my studio. To the left of the stairs is the current living room, pre 500-600 square foot addition. Little house, lots of work. Lots of excitement.
To finish off Atlas’ room, here is what we need to do next:
We’ll be making home tour posts as we make each room less chaotic! Next up? Either the master bedroom or kitchen. It’s a toss up!
Do you have any tips for unpacking with an active toddler? Way’s to keep the clutter to a minimum in a tight space? We would love to know, and I am sure our readers would too! Leave a comment and share your wisdom!