Hey sweet mama...hang in there. It's tough trying to "get settled" into a small space. It takes time and energy. There have been so many wonderful ideas already...I'll just recap the ones I think are absolutely essential:
- Do more decluttering.
- Install more vertical shelving.
- Never go to bed without cleaning the house.
Let me expand a bit. I know you have gotten rid of tons and tons of stuff. However, the main reason that I get frustrated in my space is because I've let the stuff creep back in. OR, it's not in it's designated space. Decluttering has to be an ongoing thing. At least weekly, if not more. I have a box constantly being filled for the thrift store. Your photos look like my house does if I let it go for even a day. It's harder to stay on top of cleaning in a small space. However, I really do think that if you got rid of some more things, your life would be joyous
That includes your HUGE couch. Honestly, it's way to big for that space. I would look into one or two SMALL couches. Futons are nice because they are low, usually small and can sleep people. Also, I did notice from the photo on a recent blog that you have several larger toys. I've had to get rid of or say 'no' to many toys because they just aren't small space friendly
I try to avoid things with a lot of pieces and anything that can't fit in her small toy box. Can you re-evaluate your toy stash?
I see tons and tons of space for shelving. We love shelving. Shelving and baskets. I'm always asking Matt for more. You have lots of empty walls. In the kitchen, to the left of the door. A simple white utility cabinet with space for coats/shoes by the entry would do wonders. I do agree with the mudroom idea. It's great to have that. However, we got by with just building a closet right inside the door...I'm sure you saw in the photos of our place, it's where there are logs and the white tension rod curtain. It's great.
Lastly, living in a small space is really hard work. You can't "let it go" for even one day. You have to constantly pick up and put things back in their "home". I am at a point of madness right now because I let it go over the weekend and now it's a disaster! I have to make the choice to just tidy up every night...no dishes in the sink, no books out, no clothes...no nothing. It's hard, but believe me, your mental state will love you for it.
I'm sure I'm repeating a lot of what has already been said...but you are on the right track! You are not a princess. You are a beautiful, resourceful, woman of God who is desiring the best for her family. Pray for wisdom and a diligent spirit!
God will honor you in your request. Believe it or not, housekeeping is a spiritual battle...Satan wants nothing more than to keep you at your wits end and feeling bad about life...because it's pretty hard to minister to your family or to others when you are constantly frustrated with your home.
: Hang in there...you can do it mama. I think you are amazing. I love you and your family. Of course, I can't even imagine having THREE little "un-organizers" in my house! One is enough to make me crazy! Smile!