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We last left off on move-in day at our Tanglewood Villa condo on a golf course. I was totally numb and the whole moving-in experience seemed completely surreal!
I remember standing in the great room/living room as the movers were moving furniture and boxes into the house and I whispered to myself, “I moved into a tiny home”!
The house felt so small! Very tall and very small! We had, earlier that day, moved from a 4,000 + square foot home and now we’re about to live our lives in a 2,700 square foot home.
So really not a tiny home at all. But I’ll never forget that first move-in day impression!
The movers kept asking me where things should go but my mind just decided to take a bit of a vacation that day. Thank goodness, my friend, Katie showed up just in time and she did most of the moving in choreography.
I really can’t tell you much more about our move-day but at the end of it, my new home looked empty and messy and not like home at all!
Here is a post, Welcome To The Tanglewood House I posted shortly after we had moved in and my mind came back from its vacation!
The movers did a wonderful job getting everything in without scratching or dinging our freshly painted walls! And all the furniture we decided to bring to our new home seemed to fit without a problem.
That night, Bobby and I crawled into our freshly made bed in our first-floor bedroom exhausted.
The next morning I could feel my mood lighten and my thoughts were far less foggy. I opened our bedroom door to bright light and lots of beautiful windows! This home has the best light and the prettiest views! What a nice thing to wake up to. Things had certainly taken a turn for the better somewhere in the night!
That morning I discovered something fun and wonderful about our Tanglewood house!
I discovered what I call “the secret passageway”.
Not that I did not notice it before but I noticed a new way to use it.
I could go out my bedroom door, step into the hall and through a heavy swinging door (love), across a little passageway that held the washer and dryer on one side and a big pantry on the other, through another heavy swinging door and end up at the coffee maker in the kitchen! It sounds like a big journey but it was only a handful of steps away!
Coffee was so close in the morning! And my mornings start with coffee!
As the days and weeks went along I found more and more to love about our new home.
Although I was finding more things to love about our new home I could not find anything else. Too many boxes! The basement was filled with them. Although they were all neatly marked with the content within, it was hard finding what I needed!
It took me months and months to find everything I needed or wanted! Then there was the challenge of giving them all a home.
At StoneGable, I knew just where everything was and where everything went. It was like muscle memory!
Here at Tanglewood, I wasted so much time arranging and rearranging, and trying to find the right spot for everything. We had done a good job of only taking the furniture that would fit in our new home but I had overestimated how much cabinet and drawer and closet space we had.
I think trying to find the right space to put all of our kitchen gadgets and candles and wrapping paper and office supplies and books and baskets and decor and such became my greatest challenge. Thank goodness we have a big basement because many things are shelved down there. I still need to purge lots of “extras” and things I no longer use from our home. I’m sure we will talk about this more in a later post in the Downsizing Series!
Another challenge raised its pretty head very soon after we moved into StoneGable.
It did not take long for me to discover that the Farmhouse style I loved so much was not a good fit for our Tanglewood House.
At first, I tried my best to make my beloved Farmhouse style work in the Tanglewood Home. But try as a might, Farmhouse style and our new home were always fighting! It became clear, our new home would dictate its own style and I just had to follow.
I think this was a huge lightbulb moment for me! I began to really understand how a home has a built-in bent for a style and the best thing to do is to decorate it accordingly!
That has meant a slow and thought out move away from Farmhouse style to Transitional Style with a cleaner and more uncluttered look. And guess what? I really love the change!
Living in an open concept home is a joy but it is tricky to decorate! Many new downsized builds are open concept. I’m sure we will talk a lot about moving from a more traditional style home to a more open living home in our Downsizing Series.
We have been in our Tanglewood home for two years and a few months and I can finally say Tanglewood feels like our second forever home.
I’m still changing things and updating things inside and out to reflect our style and trying to purge things that I no longer need from boxes in the basement, but Tanglewood feels so much more like home!
I drive past StoneGable several times a week on my travels and blow it a kiss! But I am happy where Bobby and I have landed in a unicorn of a Villa condo on a country golf course tucked way down in the southern Lancaster County countryside!
Next month look for 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DOWNSIZING.
Please share your downsizing stories and questions. We would love to hear from you!