When we moved to this apartment and downsized our square footage by half, we had to be more creative with storage, but less space didn't change our hobbies or hinder our creativity. We lacked dedicated space for a sewing desk or a music room, but as just two adults we could take over a corner of the living room or the kitchen table for a time and it was fine.
The real challenge to fit our hobbies in our small space came when Rhys was born and gained mobility. Guitars on a stand in the living room are fascinating to crawling infants. Fabric, scissors, and sewing scraps are delightful toys to toddlers. Everything had to be put away every time we used it, and for both Matt and I it killed the desire to even attempt doing those hobbies we once loved.
Eventually Matt streamlined his guitar gear and built a pedal board so setting up and cleaning up were much quicker. I found myself growing more and more impatient with fussy hobbies like sewing and crafting and have moved away from them altogether. I far prefer writing or cooking for creative endeavours inside our house, but now with an active three year old I really enjoy just getting outside. Going for a walk, swim in the lake, playing in our yard… anything to tire a kid out!
As Rhys grows and our need for a child friendly home diminishes I know I'll have a chance to try new hobbies. Like everything else, our creative endeavours ebb and flow with the seasons of life. Right now we're in the crazy preschooler, tired parents phase and that doesn't leave a lot of time or space for messy hobbies. A tiny space hasn't limited the desire to be creative, instead it has given me the opportunity to try new things and find new passions.
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Indie Mama Health– "Tiny Home Living .:. Being Creative and Organized in Small Spaces" : One of the aspects of tiny home living that I really enjoy is the requirement to be super creative with storage and organization. It's a game and I LOVE it. I love to be organized and I love for each item to have it's own home.
Little Bungalow– "Colourful Minimalism" : Sharing my totally made up design style and some images that are inspiring me creatively in my new small home.
A Life Shift– "Do You Need to Be Creative to Live Small?" : Thoughts on whether creativity is the key for this family of three's harmonious life in a tiny Hong Kong apartment, or if there are other "secret ingredients" that make it a successful lifestyle we love.
Family Pedals– "Creativity in the Cold" : So it is the coldest months when the kids have the most pent-up energy and the fewest outdoor options that we have the least square footage. Having limits–limited space, limited toys, limited options–gives our kids the freedom they need to create.
The Streamlined Life– "When Creativity Spills Over into Something More" : Living small doesn't make us creative, but living with purpose does.
Tiny Ass Camper– "Crafts and Creativity in a Tiny Space" : Finding the balance in making a mess and raising a creative free spirit.
Justice Pirate– "Creativity Bursts in Small Home Living" : When sometimes you have dreams of fabric, colors, and getting snuggly in a quilt you made yourself.