Kyla's Keeping Things Simple

Kyla's Keeping Things Simple

Nancy Mitchell
Apr 5, 2012

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Atascadero, CA
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What I Love About My Small Home:
I love that it keeps our family close, we can't isolate ourselves! I love the tall ceilings that make it feel bigger. I love that it makes me keep things simple - I can only keep what we reguarly use and wear. I'm anti-clutter!
We added a bar between the kitchen and living room. It was the obvious thing to do with the useless 1/2 wall that was there when we moved in. I enjoy the ability to chat with people relaxing at the bar while I'm cooking.
I also love that we OWN it for less than what we were paying in rent for a larger home. I used to spend a whole day cleaning and now, I can have the dreaded chores done thoroughly in 3 hours...this simplifies my schedule immensely!
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space:
The biggest challenge has been having only one bathroom. The 3 of us getting ready in the mornings is a bit difficult, and our daughter's only 7...dreading the teenage years! To make it easier, we moved the toilet from the middle of the bathroom to next to the wall. We then added a double sink vanity so 2 people can get ready at once. We also added a large wall mirror (which was free, we found it in our garage!) and my husband added a gorgeous cherry frame to it, with a shelf to hold frequently used lotions, gels, and soaps.

We also raised the kitchen cabinets as high as possible to maximize our kitchen storage. Open shelving underneath allows us to reach our frequently used dishes quickly.

When we moved in last year, we were forced to get rid of tons of stuff! It was a cleansing and liberating feeling!
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