I hate clutter.
At the moment I am surrounded by it.
In just the room I am sitting in there are eight boxes of books, magazines, a pile of rugs, a partially disassembled play pen, stack(s) of baskets, multiple piles of construction tools. The kitchen is not much better, nor the office.
We are moving.
I was up yesterday morning at 4:30, making a list of goals for the day. I didn’t stop last night until after 7, until I had the high speed Internet cable and phone line moved.
In case you are new here, or out of the loop, last January we realized we could no longer afford to keep doing things the way we had been. Won’t go into all of that again. You can read about it here, here, here and here.
So we are downsizing from an 1800 sq foot 2 story farm-house to living on just the first floor = 900 sq ft.
It is painful.
I love books. My wife loves books.
Our neighbor built us four oak book cases several years ago to house a portion of our book collection. We only have room for two.
We chose to shut down the B and B.
I will miss the energy that came with meeting and hosting people from all walks of life. (not to mention the $) 😉
It is painful because of the mess associated with remodeling, but since this isn’t my first rodeo, I know this is only temporary.
I will say this, one of the exciting developments has been acquiring an additional 6 foot of base cabinet space in the kitchen. The original heating system was hot water radiator heat. Believe it or not, there was a 6 foot 4oo pound radiator under the sink. It took up most of the west wall. That has now been removed and I am in the process of building shelves that we can actually use.
Instead of cabinet doors, we are going to start out with some kind of curtain made out of burlap sacks. I’ll post a picture of the finished product when it’s done.
This is my first experience installing a forced air furnace, and I will have to say I am enjoying the process. Learned how to install a take off on the main trunk and finished up 5 heat runs on Tuesday. Tonight we are supposed to work on the piping for the power vent and cold air returns.
Today I’m hoping to move the rest of the furniture off the 2nd floor and into storage, then installing a layer of R38 insulation on the floor.
A friend who was helping install the furnace on Saturday suggested to not insulate the 2nd floor. He guessed that it would “probably” only amount to an additional $100 a year in heat costs. I contended, heat rises, the furnace we installed ( a Goodman 70,000 BTU 95% efficient LP furnace) was sized for 900 sq feet/ not 1800 sq ft. and unless I installed the additional insulation, the heat would radiate through the ceiling, and the furnace would never stop running on a cold day.
My goal is to live in a small tidy house surrounded by an orchard, gardens, squirrels, wood-chucks, deer, coyote, wild turkey, a badger, and a host of small birds too numerous to list.
. There is an impulse I periodically have to fight to drag stuff home. That is
probably the most painful part of downsizing. It forces me to part with some of my many bobbles.
Eagle taking off in our wind break
One of the gardens set amidst the apple orchard