I am so excited to introduce you to a fellow blogger and friend – Tasia of Batavias Best Bargains. Today, Tasia is sharing a bit of her story with us – how her family found that living with less can become so much more – and how they are finding beauty in simplicity. Enjoy! ~Victoria
What a powerful word.
But why is it so scary?
Four years ago I was at home with my first born child. All my friends were having their second and third child. They were all buying bigger homes.
I got pregnant with my second child two years later. I couldn’t help but hear myself saying that we needed a bigger home.
We live in a small house. 1,296 sq. feet to be exact. Some of you reading this may be saying “that’s not small.” Others may be thinking very small. However, for the average American its small. According to the 2014 Census Bureau the average American home is 2,600 sq. ft.
I stayed home after my first daughter was born. Finances were tight. Tighter than I had ever dreamed and I wasn’t sure what I wanted out of life. I had to do some soul searching. We began to accept that living a simple life is good. We started clearing out the extras.
I found a part time job at Habitat for Humanity and we used my paychecks to pay off our debt. It was not easy, but through this discipline we were realizing that more is not always better. We were seeing the beauty in simplicity.
In all my conversations, everyone was buying bigger houses. More space. More Land. More money is all I could see.
If you are not careful the wants and needs become so blurred you are left wondering what it was you were chasing after in the first place.
For our family it comes down to this one thing: Do not compare.That’s a big step in simplifying. When you change lenses of comparing to compassion you see less wants and more needs.
We could not afford a bigger house. My kids are sharing a room. Until recently, our dining room table was in the kitchen snuggled up against the wall. When we had family or friends over, the table was pulled out so you can back up your chairs in front of the fridge.
I began to ask myself – Why did I want more? Why did I want bigger? Our house has 3 bedrooms and a small room that we used for the playroom. This is a mortgage we can afford. This is a mortgage that allows us to live within our means.
I prayed and found contentment and came to the place of being thankful for all that we do have. I don’t need more stuff. A bigger house to fill with stuff.
As an operations manager at Habitat for Humanity I saw families getting the chance at home-ownership. It softened my heart and made me realize that we have plenty.
So instead of buying a bigger house, we chose to simplify in the aspect of finishing our basement for more living space. We moved our living room down to the basement and made the kids a playroom.
Now my dining room table has it’s own space. We can actually fit 6 people around the table. Although the table snug against the wall would have continued to work God provided the means for us to work with what we already had.
This simple change feels amazing. So good. Like I have a new home. And the best part? It cost much less than a new mortgage.
My encouragement to you: If you can reflect for a moment each day to see all that you do have, you will slowly pass by all that this world says you do not have.
Tasia is a blogger over at BataviaBestBargains.com.
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