Sorry for the quiet week, there's been much going on. Right now we're scrambling to get the shabin habitiable. We're on a coundown that has no defined end. WE have to turn a 1200 square foot house and 8x10' shed into 400 square feet of living space forty minutes from town. A yardsale is scheduled to commence at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. I look at everything now in a different light.
"Can we keep this?" "What worth does it have?" "What other uses can it perform?"
I've unconciously developed a merit system for everything we own. Everytime I pick something up to clean or straighten or use my mind becomes a ruthless chopping block for our posessions. I imagine my appliances, slowly ammased over long years, trembling in fear that they won't live up to my new standards. My kitchen has become the parts store in The Brave Little Toaster. They probably sing tales of woe and horror when I turn the light off for the night.
This change is going to be significant, drastic. I reminded the kids of the Ingalls and how like pioneers we'd be. Apparently, that was a poor choice since now they want to know when we're buying a wagon and horses. I'm trying to look at everything in a more than positive light. We're diving in with both feet and a hard prayer. But I need ideas, insight and inspiration. Here are some things I'm still unsure about
-keeping food for seven people by only using a small compact 4cu ft fridge
-how to bake without an oven
-what to stock up on in dry goods that are still healthful
-what essential homeschool things we'll need
So, I pose this question to you, if you had to downsize by 2/3rds, everyone has approximate 57 square feet to themselves, what is a necessity? what can you not live without? How would you do it?