Friday, August 07, 2015

HELP!!! I'm buried in STUFF!

I've always known that I am a pretty fortunate woman. For the last 20 years, I've had a crafting space of my own and no matter how big or small, I've always made good use of these spaces. The house we are moving to is considerably smaller with no actual space for a craft area. I'm going to put a lot in storage, but even the basics that I will need/want are completely overwhelming me. Once we move the house onto our land, we are going to make me a dedicated she-shed/craft room. For the next year or two, or three, I have to figure how to manage with very little space. To say I'm overwhelmed is quite the understatement, lol! Here is a peek of what I'm dealing with in my packing and sorting adventures....and please excuse my mess, I am packing after all.....😝

This is a huge closet where I keep my fabric for my bags and stuff I sell.  And batting.  And stuffing, and WIPS.  I am going to miss this closet and much of what is in here will go to the new house, because it's for my business.  Ugh.
This is one of my yarn hutches, it's small and will look cute anywhere we put it.

Here are my cupboards and my ironing cabinet that stores TONS of fabric.  They will not be coming with us to the new house, but will go into storage. I will be giving most of that fabric away......

My second yarn hutch, which hubby and I just recently repurposed out of a couple of old dressers.  Thankfully, it has enough room to hold the majority of my yarn--and it is small enough that it will fit into the new house somewhere.  All the stuff on the sewing table, however----omg, i have no idea....

My main fabric hutch.  I am going to have to be able to reorganize it at the new house to hold all of the fabrics I plan on bringing with me.  It's doable.  I think.  I hope.....

more craft storage, that will somehow come with us.

Most of the stuff on my table is consistently used when I am sewing.  There are a lot of magazines and 'junk' that I need to just get rid of.  I keep telling myself I'll feel so much lighter when this is all over and done......

I have already resigned myself to the fact that I won't be able to take my sewing table. And my wall cupboards. And my ironing cabinet. And my pegboards. I am taking the yarn and fabric hutches and any and all plastic storage systems, so the yarn and fabric that makes the trip to the new house already has a set storage spot, and those hutches will be arranged neatly in the main space of the house. We do have a big walk-in closet in the master where I can store some stuff, but not too much because it'll also be used for bulk paper products storage, clothes, Seamus' toys and whatever else we can smoosh in there.  We plan on finding a storage locker near the house for overflow, so I suppose if I need something, I can go there. It's just so overwhelming. At the same time, it'll admittedly be extremely "freeing" to not be so weighted down by my stuff. Downsizing a home, means downsizing stuff. My craft stuff is my hobby and my livelihood. I don't have to have ALL of it though, so please, send me strength and positive vibes, I'm going to try to go through and make some boxes of stuff to give away. Oye, I need the vibes, lol! 

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Here we are again, back in action!

It's been a while since I posted here. We've been through the wringer and back, but I'm happy to say that things are getting better. We are on a new adventure, and I'd love for you to come along with us as we make some major life changes! 

After we lost our beautiful homestead, 

we ended up moving to Orrville, Ohio and renting a home. 

We signed up to do a rent to own, but when it came time for us to get financing, it just wasn't possible so soon after the foreclosure. I have been happy in Orrville, it's a beautiful little town. It's the gateway to Amish country, which I love, and a nice place to raise our son and for our teens to live. Scott, however, didn't share my enthusiasm. After his heart attack, he went into a major depression, feeling very "useless" in his words, because he could no longer work. He is now disabled. His dream was to get back to the country, where he could spend the rest of his life happy and content. He is not a city boy by any stretch, whereas I grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, so I am able to be content in a small town. He wanted space, and we are sorely lacking that in Orrville. Once I knew that we couldn't purchase the house we were renting, I decided to take another approach--my first consideration was to move to Akron in an area that is in the midst of revitalization, where home rents and sale prices are cheap. Needless to say, Scott was not willing to go there. So, I switched gears again. The biggest issue we face is expense. Rents are very high, and living on a fixed income, most anything we have looked at in a better setting for Scott would take at least 1/2 of our monthly income, almost always much more than that.  So renting a house in the country or the suburbs was out. Now, I grew up and have spent most of my life in beautiful old houses, that is always what I've looked for in a home. Even a mid century house would be ideal, but I've always turned my nose up at the newer construction and wouldn't even consider modular/manufactured homes. Until now. 

I started searching for rentals in mobile home parks, something I've always been a little 'snooty' about in the past. My biggest concern with a mobile home, though, has always been stormy weather, tornadoes were my biggest fear. But I did research on actual risks and in the long run, it's no different than any other type of home--in the area we live in now. If we lived in Kansas or Oklahoma or the like, I probably wouldn't consider it.

I then started searching around Craigslist and different manufactured home sites online, and we saw that living in a mobile would greatly reduce our expenses. Then we started thinking, if we bought one, we would OWN our home again! Our only obstacle was cash, and generously, a few family members offered to help us with that. So, we were looking around for great deals, something that wasn't more that 20 years old, it could need some work, because we can fix anything.  Opportunities started popping up all over the state, and we had to decide, are we willing to relocate possibly further away from our kids and family. Then one day, Scott says, "hey hon, there is a 3 acre piece of land for sale, near our old homestead, and the owner is willing to finance!" There it was, the perfect opportunity just landed in our lap! So we drove to the site to look at the plot. It is beautiful, quiet, Amish neighbors, flat land, no drilling or fracking, no flood plain, no trains, no highway, no traffic, no light pollution. It is partially wooded, which we wanted as well. And so, we called up the realtor and jumped on it and here we are a week later, officially land owners again!


Now, our plan was to find a mobile home that we could purchase and then move onto the property. We researched the zoning laws for that township and found there are size requirements, no single wides allowed. Ok, so we have to look for double wides, no problem! We found a great one on Craigslist, we lined up the cash from a relative who was willing to lend it to us and called to go see it, and of course, we missed it by 24 hours. I started looking around again, I found one, in a family friendly park, that could be feasible, the asking price was more than we had, but another relative promised to lend us some money to make up the difference, so I went to look at it, hoping to talk him down some. The owner just bought a house and wanted it sold. Scott and I went to see it, it was perfect! It needs a little work, but nothing major and nothing we can't handle. So, I made him an offer and he accepted! 

So, less than two years after losing our homestead, we own our own home and a piece of land to put it on! We couldn't have done it without help, and for that we are so grateful! But, once we are out of the Orrville house, our expenses will plunge, and the next goal is saving up money for putting in a septic system and a well, and also, moving the house to our property. We will have to live in the mobile park for probably a year, but we will be going to our property often, we have to clear it, put in a driveway and build a permanent foundation for the house--and then it will no longer be a mobile home, it will be a fixed, permanent home.

If you read all that, you rock, lol. So, now that I have the backstory told, from here on out my blog will be our story and we will record our journey to get to our land, and then it will go back to being a homesteading blog. I'll also be blogging about my crafts, my foods, homeschooling and family in general. I'd love to have you join us on our journey, I will guarantee, it won't be boring, because our life rarely is boring!