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"Six hundred forty-four!"
This is what I say to my children every time when they ask to bring home a toy. It's also what I say to my husband when he wants a new toy (or tool). It's what I tell myself when I see a pretty knick-knack or think I should bring home that antique rocking chair.
Six hundred forty-four is the square footage of my house.
Can you feel my stone cold heart through the internet? I've had to make it so to stop things from taking over my home. I've become hardened to the pleas of children (and a certain man). We have a rule: one things comes in, one thing goes out. Since we've decluttered to the point where everything inside the house is precious to us, hardly anything new comes in lately.
This is good.
Six hundred forty-four is the reason why I have shifted my focus from making stuff to doing stuff. Making stuff is great. But right now I don't need anymore stuff. What I need is a bit of fun, some exercise and a place to go that is a little bit bigger than six hundred forty-four square feet.
Lucky for us, no matter the size of our house, the world is still big and beautiful.
I know many of you come to Indietutes looking for inspiration to make stuff. I like that. But while I have you here, I'm going to see if I can inspire you to do stuff too. Because it's fun and healthy and gets you outdoors.
While I know my kids will not remember every experience, the same as they will not remember every toy, but I'm sure that they will remember the feeling of adventure that can be had just stepping outside and putting one foot in front of the other. I hope they can walk with a sense of possibility for their whole lives.
This is what I say whenever I start feeling like the six hundred forty-four foot home wasn't the wisest choice. Twenty is the maximum number of minutes it takes to walk to any one of the places in these photos. The diverse range of experience is incredible.
Twenty makes six hundred forty-four not just livable, but home.