The Simplified Living Experiment: Part 1

For those of you that don’t know, I’ve lived in the same house in Hoboken for over 20 years. I started as a renter and bought the four-floor brick house over a decade ago. I’ve been fixing up the place here and there, trying to keep up on repairs while trying to parent 6-year old Arthur (aka The Cenz) and 18-month Beatrice (aka Baby-Business).

It’s not that i don’t love my big apartment…I do!  But after years in a triplex with lots of space and bathrooms etc., I’ve decided my need for simplifying is outweighing my need for space. My need for stuff isn’t really driving me-i want happiness, love, and art. NOT bins and bins of Disney characters and rows and rows of knick-knacks… The time is now. Arthur is 6 and Beatrice is 1. They are both small enough to enjoy the close proximity of mommy at any time. We’ve been sleeping in the same room for about 4 months now by choice and i’ve grown to quite like it. To come in at night and hear both of my babies breathing and to smell their baby-skin right near me has been a comfort.

It’s time to simplify!!

It may seem funny that a retail business owner would want to try having less (when we have all these clothes and goods at our disposal), but we see it as part of what we believe at Peper and Parlor: We only want what we LOVE, what will be useful, what we’ll have for years or forever.

June 1st begins the Downsize Experiment:

In just 7 days I will take my family that has been spread out on 3 floors with a bunch of bedrooms to just one 13.5′ x 40′ room. We’ll have a full kitchen area and a bath with only a shower (no more toddler swim lessons at bath-time!) and a tiny little yard (this is where the bubble-bath in the baby pool gets re-introduced!!). There are 2 window and 2 doors.

Things i’m most excited about:
Proving to myself (and my children) that less can be more.
Giving my son a memory of the above (my daughter will have been too young to remember)
The closeness.
Saving money on our overhead and being able to use it to do some overdue repairs to the one hundred yr old house and SAVE!
Cleaning only 1 toilet and one room.

Things i’m fearful of:
My losing patience with the children.
Arthur being resentful of his lack of distance from Beatrice and her death grip on him or his lego sculptures, papers, etc.
The closeness.
Not being able to see the children in the yard and Beatrice then eating dirt and uprooting all my sad, struggling plants.

Stay tuned as we embark on what i think will be an amazing experience! See the before photos below  –  the after photos will be up in a few weeks!

Our Patio (kiddie pool central!)

Studio living area