My husband and I have had some big conversations recently and I kind of felt like I needed to jot down where we are currently at. Over the past couple of years I have become a mother, quit my job, adjusted our spending, saved money, found new ways to make money and downsized our possessions. Our lives are 100% better for it and the many benefits of our new lifestyle have made me want to continue pursuing a lifestyle of both living and being content with less.
If you know me in real life or have been following for a while then you'll know that we have been discussing the dreaded decision of either renovating our current house or buying a new home for what feels like forever!
Well, we've finally made peace with the decision to stay where we are.
Moving house and climbing the property ladder is pretty much expected but in reality it's not what we want. At least not for now, anyway. To buy a house identical to ours but just a few roads away would add another £100k to the mortgage. Nope. And now we own less, the house is less cluttered and feels so much more spacious. I've realised that our home is actually more than big enough for what we need!
I feel quite relieved that we know where we are at now. Sure, we need stuff doing to our house though. We need a lot doing to it to make it liveable. So we've resolved to spend time and money getting the important stuff done. A bathroom that functions would be amazing. And I'd love to say goodbye to 100 year old plaster and wonky doors that don't shut.
So yes, we're finally going to get it done and I'm quite excited!
And maybe, whilst we are doing that we can continue to overpay our mortgage. Pay it all off, even. To be content with what we have, what we own and where we live means we will have more freedom to live the life we want as a family.
I hope to share any updates on how we're going and I'm looking forwards to sharing my ideas for family friendly minimal interiors over the next few months!