Lou at Little Green Shed put me on to Sara Emslie’s book and as soon as I saw inside and peeked at the author’s own, beautifully small and minimal Victorian terrace, I was smitten. It is a fab book for those of us who live - or plan to live - in a small house.
Since last summer, we’ve been systematically and ruthlessly culling our possessions. Well, I say we. My husband has dutifully shipped carloads of ex-possessions to charity and the tip but has done much of the heavy lifting with a look of bemused confusion on his face. Having said that, he is coping well with things disappearing and is most accommodating when a supposed relaxed weekend turns into an opportunity to clear out the utility room.
And I have to admit, living with less stuff is truly liberating. I am a total convert and review and edit our possessions on an almost daily basis these days. There’s a financial benefit too; we’ve raised over £800 by selling the things we no longer use.
After all, how much space does a family of four really need? In our uber-expensive area of the Cotswolds with a mainline train into London, square footage is at a premium. Suddenly a dinky abode is looking doable and that feels great!