Hoarders and Tiny Homes

I’m sure most people have seen shows recently about Tiny Homes and Hoarders.  Well, our family is definitely obsessed with the first.  Even my 5 and 7 year olds will binge watch Tiny House Nation or Tiny House Hunters with me.  They say they want to even live in one.  The obsession started with me and my husband likes the “idea” of tiny houses but is reluctant to make it his life goal.  I can’t say I blame him.  I’m all for minimalism but realistically having three boys living in a home on wheels isn’t for the faint of heart.  We have a travel trailer that we bought less that a year ago and it has been a lot of fun but it has had it’s challenges.  Mostly, the bathroom and the noise level.  At some points more than one person is going to have to poop at the same time.  Apparently at our house, that happens quite frequently.  TMI, I know.  And with boys that are 3, 5 and 7, the noise level and over all activeness of them is overwhelming.  I couldn’t take that in anything under 400sq feet at this time in my life.  BUT, we still love to take small trips in our camper and I’m definitely willing to revisit the idea as soon as the boys have settled down a bit.  At the other end of the spectrum is Hoarders.  I have never really seen this show until last night.  Guys…..I’m going to be honest with you.  It almost made me have a panic attack.  To be drawn to a life of minimalism now and then see these people who have a disorder that makes them compulsively collect things they don’t need and clutter their lives, it made me sick to my stomach.  It made me want to go through my house with a trash bag and start decluttering right then and there.  I have been doing this progressively as of late but with it being summer and my kids being so young, it has been a slow process.   I think my husband really looked at me in a new light when he saw people on there who had shopping addictions and their houses were so filthy that they had dead animals in them.  I think I will stick to my tiny house shows from now on.  Although I did like the motivation.  Even though my husband isn’t ready to take the plunge into moving into a tiny house, he did say that he didn’t even enjoy watching regular House Hunters or shows like that anymore because people were so frivolous and wanted so much.  To hear him say that made me very happy.  I’m so glad that we share the same values.  Neither of us are very materialistic so it is going to make this journey that I am on a lot easier.  I have not been pushy with him to get rid of his stuff, although I have asked him to go through his things to see what doesn’t fit.  I think he understands that I am trying to make our lives cleaner and clearer for us to have more money, time and a stress free environment.   I’m not judging anyone’s lifestyle.  I’m for whatever makes anyone feel happy.  Although if it makes you sick, that probably isn’t good for you (aka, dead animals in your house).  Anyway, these little confirmations were nice over the past few days.  It has kept me going.  Which is very difficult when you are a stressed out, overwhelmed, exhausted stay at home mom.

Peace and Love,

Christal

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