I’m Evelyn. This is Dan. Together we are happily raising and home educating four young children in a modest home in Southern Colorado.
Ten years ago we were on track for the normal mid-income American life of more and bigger. We had a “starter” house of 1,300 sq. ft. but it never felt like home. We felt squeezed financially, overwhelmed with stuff that didn’t bring us joy and lost in sq. ft. that we didn’t know what to do with all at the same time. It didn’t make sense.
We decided to make a change as we started our family. Before our first baby was born, we downsized to a tiny one-bedroom 450 sq. ft. basement apartment. We called it The Shoebox. The plan was to only live in The Shoebox for one year, but it’s funny how life dishes twists you don’t expect. We spent five years in The Shoebox and had three babies during that time. I fought hard to live gratefully, fully. Slowly but surely we realized that we had more purpose, more joy, and more peace when we were “living small” in a little home with less stuff.
The infatuation with “living small” grew. We started living fully, intentionally, joyfully right in the imperfect apartment we had made a home. We embraced minimalism and started looking to own less stuff on purpose. When our fourth baby was on the way, we knew it was time to upsize just a bit. It took a year to find the right home, but we finally found The Green House. (And here is a tribute to the almost-five-years we lived in the Shoebox)
We now live as a family of six in 1,000 sq. ft. All our children share one room. We continue to seek the minimum level of belongings and find that the more minimalist we become, we feel lighter. We have less mess than if we owned more things. (But trust me—our home is still in disarray more often than not! 😉 ) We are more creative. We spend more time together constructively. We have more time to experience nature and explore creation. We have white space. We can breathe.
Are you feeling the same way?
Maybe you’re feeling like something in your life just isn’t adding up. You’re working too hard for little return. You’re not spending time on the things which matter to you most. You’re spending way too much time organizing and cleaning only to find the same area a mess a week later. You’re frustrated, overwhelmed, and tired of the clutter.
Friend, there’s a better way.
Take the steps to start intentionally living with less, and you’ll start to feel freer. We are passionate about helping people who feel trapped by too much stuff and busy lives to find freedom in small. Choose to live with less: less stuff, less obligations, less pressure, less mess, and you’ll be pleased with the result. We promise.
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We are so glad you are here. Thanks for walking this road to less with us!