We never planned to be in a 2 bedroom house with 5 small children. It can get a tad bit tight to say the least, but I have a feeling God had it all planned out. He definitely has a sense of humor, though I have not found it very funny at times. I know though, that I have learned so much by living so close to my loved ones. I might not always like it but I guess God knew that I needed to learn a few things before we moved on to a bigger place.
Contentment has to be at the top of the list. Because whether with big or with little we all struggle with this one. I most certainly have not mastered being content by any means but I think what I have learned is that I will never be content until I reach my heavenly home. I share more in detail here about the secret to being content.
2. Less is More
The more things you have, the more there is to clean, the more there is to break, the more there is to fight over, the more there is to be distracted by. With limited space I have to be very choosy about what comes in our home. I have kept stuff for so long that has literally sat, taking up space. I have had no choice but to strip down to the bare essentials. Of course there are those things I wish I could keep that I have known I will need someday but for the most part it's amazing how many things you can live without. Ridding my house of clutter has become a necessity and has helped keep me sane.
3.To make the most with what I have
Since our storage space is so limited I have had to become very creative with every inch of our house. I have put shelves everywhere that it's possible to put shelves. Under every bed there are containers that hold clothes and toys. I have had to move things around, over and over again until I have found just the right fit. It does get frustrating when there is not a lot of room but it forces me to think outside the box and find a way for things to be functional.
4. Kid's don't need their own bedrooms
We have 3 kids in one bedroom ( the other 2 sleep in our room or on the couch) but even with 3 beds I still find them huddled on the floor together in their own makeshift bed/fort or all of them in one of their beds.Though it might not seem like it all the time, they really love being together. Even though our bedroom is right next to theirs they still won't let us close their door. It comforts them to know that we are in earshot.
It's easy to look around us and compare what we have to others, especially those who look like they are living the "American Dream." Big house, big cars, big t.v.s and think that we are missing out if we are not living up to the American standard. Not that having those things are wrong, they just shouldn't be what defines or fulfills us. Of course for me it's just comparing kitchens and storage space;P
Comparison is usually never good but I have found a comparison that has helped change the way I see things, especially through the American lens. There are so many people all over the world who if they came into my little house, would consider our family rich. We have hot, running water, a somewhat working stove, electricity, a bathroom, central air and heat and internet! Most families in third world countries have not only their immediate family living with them but their extended family also. My husband and kids may get on my nerves at times but I am very happy to just be living with them!
"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5
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