It’s already the end of August and we are quickly moving into September. I can hardly believe that it’s almost three month since I moved into “The Tiny Abode.” It remains an ever changing project with many names such as one mentioned above, or Expedition Base Camp and Zennnn. It’s been taking some time to make it into my own and create a place that is sheer bliss, simplicity, freedom and tranquility. From the moment you walk in, it tells a story, the story of me and what I hold near and dear. New spaces are maximized and utilized daily, making it a very efficient but also very cozy space. In the beginning I always looked at it as a transitional space and in some regards it remains as such. But these days I see it less as a transition which means a temporary space to me, but I see it as a home. A place I can be comfortable in, a place I can feel at peace. The home is a castle for any Cancer sign and this has always been the case with me. Feeling that this has become a castle stems largely from the way I have decorated it and when you live in a small space, only your most favorite things can come along and take up what I call prime real estate. There is no such thing as three Pepsi’s in the fridge and it’s not allowed unless it is in between shopping trips when the fridge slowly empties. And how lucky am I that Cinnamon see’s it as a big playhouse and absolutely loves it here. I think she loves her human actually and would love it anywhere as long as she can be close.
In the beginning I was busy just stowing everything and getting it out of the way. Later function stepped in and to this day I buy shelves to stow things vertically, such as big plates on the bottom and smaller plates on top of the little tray table/ shelf that fits perfectly into the larger cupboard. Of course I could store them right on top of each other but with achy hands, removing 4 plates to get to the one can become a struggle, so a little shelf within makes it much easier for me, plus it takes up the wasted space, vertically, we do often see in our cabinets. I have become an expert of freeing up space and a love for the game of Tetris has served me well. Chances are that with every day, The Tiny Abode looks just a little different and one project after another is being knocked out. You’d think in such a small space it would be a breeze to take care of it quickly, but not for me as my days depend on how I physically feel. It has been fun though to see it transform into a Boho chic, spiritual place of calm.
I believe that I passed the test and I have aced this little trial run to tiny living. You wouldn’t believe how important and essential each piece in here becomes. My advice to everyone wanting to go tiny or to become a minimalist would be this. Every piece should bring joy and no matter where you turn your head, you should be surrounded by your favorite things. And this doesn’t matter the size of space you live in and is a great rule in general. My space is definitely an eclectic mix of things and you will find drums on display, a Rain stick, a Ukulele and a Didgeridoo. There is a Bear carving that shares one bench of the dinner table, there are a few favorite acrylic paintings, one I painted and one that was a gift. There are prayer flags inside and out the home, a heavy metal personalized sign with the name of my future home, already picked out. There is a dream catcher, star lights, bottle lights, a Himalayan salt lamp, my old hiking stick that now holds a curtain to separate the bedroom. There is a giant wooden/metal tree of life sign in the bedroom, and you will find sage, essential oils and lots of healing gemstones all around. There is a very personal and favorite painting from a dear soul that means a lot and and which I see every day, and you will find stars on the ceiling that glow at night, a Native American arrow and Witches Bells over the entry way to shield off negative energy and protect the home. Besides there is a library, a Tibetan singing bowl and even a few plants got to squeeze in and so much more, all geared for ambience and a serene feeling. There is a big rock in my house that I remember carrying for about two miles back to the car from one of last years trails.
Currently I am working on a basic boring, multi opening, white cabinet that I had in storage and I am refinishing and repurposing it. It has taken on the color of “The real Teal” amongst a base coat of navy blue, and accent colors of brown, orange, mint green and gold. The back of it will have a big white stencil with the OM Symbol and a mandala around it, and eventually it will house one of two very important guests from Wales that I am expecting. Stay tuned, as new energy is about to enter my life to aid in my healing process. There is another spiritual decal that needs to go up in the bedroom and a bench and tree stomp in the back yard needs painting and staining. A directional wooden post with distance markers, all found in the surrounding area will need to be assembled, painted and brought to life sometime soon. It will finish the outside area nicely and compliment the hammock, the cinder block bench, the homemade wind chimes and the waterfall tapestry hanging over one of the exterior wall.
I was ecstatic yesterday when my bright red retro toaster arrived. It was a pretty penny, but I don’t care and I love it. Toast this morning left me with a big smile and I say that’s what it is all about. Today I upgraded the old mattress and I can’t wait to try it out. At the moment it is still rolled up tightly, outside by the front door and I have to wait for help to bring it inside since I can’t budge it even one bit. I hope it will prove as another investment that was well worth it, and hopefully I wake up as if from a heavenly slumber on Cloud9. My arthritic bones better thank with less pain and increased mobility.