The One Thing I Just Can't Live Without

The One Thing I Just Can't Live Without

Sarah Rae Smith
Apr 7, 2011

Living in small spaces is all the hype these days and my husband and I are paring down our belongings left and right. Although we're good with doing without and borrowing things from friends and using our community as a network of resources — there's still a few things we just can't live without. I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours!

For my husband and I who have moved more times than we have fingers to count, we've shifted, sold and brought in more furniture and furnishings than we care to admit. We've loved them all (or at least I have… jury is still out on my poor supportive husband) and are OK with the in-and-out nature of our belongings.

That said, there are a few things we need in our house to make it function. Not to sound temporal, but our computers top that list as we need them to make money and keep the lights on and food in our tummies! When it comes to decor, I have an old board game I cherish. My 8 cousins and I played hundreds of thousands of games with it against my Grandfather and it is very special to me.

As a family, my husband and I have a long wooden bench which you can see in the photo above that we've had in our last 4 spaces — no matter how small — which was often a chore with a 10' bench! It's made from antique barn wood that holds no significance to us other than it being the first piece of cool furniture we ever bought. We've always had neat "stuff" and artwork, but it was the beginning of love for fun and funky things that has only grown stronger as the years have progressed.

When all is said and done, we don't need anything in our house to live, but if there was a fire and aside from grabbing important documents and photos (though most of those are online for just such an instance), we'd pack up our pups and drag that bench out before it was engulfed in the flames! If we failed to do so, I'm sure we'd find another and so the cycle would continue.

What's the favorite thing in your home? Through thick and through thin, what will always be found in your space? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Our Bench Can Be Found In The Following Posts:
The Trover's Temporary Pre-Designed Pad
Before & After: Spray Painted Chevron Carpet
How To: Make Hanging Wooden Walls With Grommets

Images: Sarah Rae Trover

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