How to create a cozy cottage from scratch and limited funds.



This photo is NOT my house at this time.  However, I talk so much about downsizing, simplifying, and living well on one little income I decided to download some photos of what my current home looks like.  Our home is 860 square feet and most of the things you see are hand me downs, thrift store, and garage sale finds.  I have one or two pieces I purchased new and I regret it to this day.

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Yes, my kitchen window looks dirty but it’s not!  It’s that old double pane window and the condensation gets in between the panes and you can clean all day and it still looks filthy.

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Not the best photos but you get the idea.  This is our home in Sacramento and I have worked with what we have.  Our back yard had been completely dug up when we moved in and still looks a little ratty.  I have a mini garden and created a playground on the side. If you can’t tell, that is a big sandbox with an umbrella over it.  The big climber was $170 on Craigslist and the sandbox we built from leftover lumber in the backyard.  The garden was created from raised bed boxes found in the front yard from past tenants and some packets of seed.  The tree was free from SMUD.  I would have planted a hundred trees but this isn’t our property.  I was allowed one tree.  The grass had been laid by landlady but was almost dead when rolled out.

It’s a funky little home but we have loved it for almost 2 years.





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