I’ve been fascinated by the idea of a tiny house ever since I first heard about them. I know my husband couldn’t live full time in one of them, but he says it would be cool to have one as a camper of sorts. Maybe we will have one some day, but if not, that’s okay, too.

We don’t have a big house – it’s just shy of 1,000 sq ft – so I like to keep it organized. My rule is everything needs a home or it can’t stay, and it has worked really well so far. Lately, though, I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed at the number of material items I’m responsible for.

I’ve been trying to go through the things that we own and decide what is actually worth keeping.

There is this idea when it comes to downsizing that if something doesn’t bring you joy, you should keep it, but the truth is that if I got rid of things based on that alone, I wouldn’t own anything anymore. Because joy and happiness aren’t the same thing.

My joy can only come from one place. It isn’t my husband or my iPhone or anything else that I surround myself with. It’s from Jesus and Him alone.

With that said, I think it’s so important to ask yourself why you’re actually keeping the things that you keep.

I know I’ve blogged about it before, but I have been scanning and digitizing all of the photos my mom accumulated during our childhood. Traditional photo albums would fill half of my house, but if I can put them in a photo book, they’ll just fill a shelf in my house, which I think is so much better! I’ve been trying to get them done as quickly as possible.

It is slow and exhausting, and honestly not very fun, but I would really like to have an album with all of those pictures someday, so I’m pushing through. I can’t wait it get done, so I can order the albums and be able to enjoy them.

But for now, a lot of my spare time is spent doing that, so I haven’t blogged very much. My goal is to have all of the pictures done in less than 3 months, and after that I’ll get back on a more regular blogging schedule.

So far I’ve done about 1,200 pictures. I hope I’m halfway, but I really have no clue for sure.



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