Tiny Home, Big Butt

So me and my girlfriend, Catherine, have finally moved in together! Out of student digs for her and out of lodging for me. We searched for quite a while for a house that was both within our budget and in a good location. We both work part time and I work in town so we needed somewhere fairly cheap and ideally within walking distance of my job. Eventually we came across a cute little studio flat in Falmouth. It’s furnished, has bills included and is affordable. We initially didn’t get it, but after things fell through with someone else we got the glorious news that the flat was ours if we wanted it! We packed up all of our belongings in one week and moved in.

The only problem is that the flat is very small. It is essentially a converted garage space under an existing house. We had been fantasising about tiny living for quite some time but didn’t think it would happen so soon. Lodging has already taught me some valuable lessons in downsizing however I still had a lot of my possessions stowed away in my friends garage. In the past week I’ve managed to roughly half the stuff I own but after moving in I can see I still own way too much clutter for this life to be comfortable. We are still surrounded by boxes and crap.

This blog series is going to be about our new life in our tiny home. I’m going to talk about downsizing, decluttering and cleansing your life of unneeded clutter. Tiny living is going to be a fun and interesting ride and I thought it would be super fun to share it. I’m also going to talk about other home related things like cooking, cleaning and beauty routines. Now I’m living in my own space once again and buying all my own stuff I really want to get back to eating healthily and using eco friendly products wherever possible. Hopefully documenting all of this will keep me accountable and keep you interested and entertained!

So join me on my journey to a more sustainable, clutter free, tiny home!  

(Ps- The title was inspired by something funny Catherine said to me so thank you boo for the input!)

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Bullet Journaling- Part 1- what is it and what do I need?

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This sounds over dramatic but I really mean it when I say bullet journaling has changed my life. It has helped me become so much more organised and together. I honestly don’t know how I would have made it through my final year of uni without everything all in one neat little book like this.

After seeing beautiful photos of them all over instagram and reading peoples high praise of the organising method, I decided to give it a go myself last August. I found nice notebook in my collection- just a simple lined one. I popped out and brought some washi tape from ASDA, fished out some coloured fineliners from my stationary hoard and dove straight in. I did a bit of googling to figure out the basics and got experimental from there.

At the start I did feel some pressure to make my bullet journal perfect and include all sorts of different charts and lists. But that’s the great thing about bullet journals- you make them up as you go along so you can change your mind and methods as many times as you want. It didn’t take me too long to figure out exactly what works for me. I’m now onto my second bullet journal and tend to stick to a fairly simple set up, which I think would be very helpful for beginners.

In this part I’m just going to explain what a bullet journal is and suggest some supplies for getting you started. Then, in my next post, I will teach you the basics and show you how I lay out my bullet journal these days.

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Before I get stuck in I’m gonna quickly explain what a bullet journal is for anyone that doesn’t know. A bullet journal is a simple notebook that brings together the ideas of a journal, planner, notebook, list book and calendar. The method was devised by a guy called Ryder Caroll and has a few basic principles that help make it such an effective organisational tool (I will go into those in my next post). Once you have the basics down you can get creative and add anything you want to your bullet journal! Art, collages, lyrics, memories, photos-whatever, it’s yours to play around with.

Tools! All you really need to start a bullet journal is a notebook (dotted or squared is best but lined or plain works just fine too) and a pen or even a pencil. You lay everything inside out yourself so you can adapt it to your needs and preferences. Everything I do in my journal could easily be achieved with those two things and maybe a ruler to help keep things tidy.

Heres a list and links to the thinks I use for my bullet journal:

This all adds up but you can make it as cheap or expensive as you want. You can use any stickers for decoration because boy can planner stickers be pricey, luckily my lovely Mum brought me the ones I have for Christmas. Little hand drawn doodles can bee great for decoration too if you don’t want to use stickers. Any pen will do, although I would always recommend a fineliner of some sort. I didn’t use stencils or watercolours at all in my original journal, they just add a nice touch.

Right- that’s it for now! In my next post I will break things down for you and show you how I organise my bullet journal. Trust me, it’s so easy! I have literally no artistic talent and I manage to make mine look pretty good and more importantly functional. This method of organisation really has changed my life and maybe it could change yours too so make sure you check out my next post!

Toodles.