It still feels a little surreal actually.

Being a farm girl from Minnesota, my dream home is probably slightly different than most, but when we were handed the keys to this little white farm house on 11 acres, I was overjoyed.

You see, I’ve driven by this property my whole life. Located just down the road from my parent’s farm, I always admired the tidy yard and red barns.

But, with the price of farm land soaring in our area, we didn’t think we’d actually be able to buy a farm.

However, in the words of Dave Ramsey, “If you’re willing to live like no one else, you’ll live like no one else.”

Last June my husband proposed to me that we sell our four bed/three bath town home and move into my parent’s unfinished basement. (With our four kids. Into 700 square feet. With four kids!!!!)

The logic was that we could take the profits from the sale, spend a small amount to finish the basement and then use the rest to eradicate our debt. Then we could save for a down payment for a home in the country.

I wasn’t too worried about the square footage, more so the inconvenience to my parents, and of course, what people would think. For sure they’d think we’d lost our minds.

But we did it. And last August we moved into their basement.

We *hoped* to only be there for a year, but in the back of my mind I thought it would be at least two years.

But what happened instead, was that six months after moving into the basement our dream home came up for sale. And had we not been in the financial situation we were, because of the decision to sell our townhouse and live in the basement, we never could have purchased it.

It is a little comical actually. Since my husband and I were married 8 years ago, our houses have only gotten smaller. This one is 1700 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

“But you have four kids?” “Really!?! Only two bedrooms??”

“Isn’t that illegal?” One guy even asked my husband at work ;) We’ve heard it all!

Once our mortgage is paid off we have plans to do a significant remodel, at which point we’ll add another bedroom so that the boys and girls have separate rooms. We’ll update the kitchen and bathrooms, but beyond that, we don’t plan to add much square footage.

I always joke that I like a small house because I can actually keep it clean, but it really is true. And we don’t keep stuff we don’t need, and we spend more time outside, and we spend more time together as a family, and its cheaper to heat and cool, and, and, and…I could go on!

I’m looking forward to posting a new home tour once we’re settled in (you would not believe how much easier it is to move when you’ve already gotten rid of 80% of your possessions!), and will post pictures of our one bedroom basement space as well.

Blessings to you friend!


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So exciting! Can’t wait to see the tour!!


I’m so excited for your entire family! I’m in the very first steps of minimizing, after baby number three this last year and your posts inspire!


Man – this is why I’ve started down the road to minimalism, right here. My partner and I make too little money to live the life everyone else does but what’s important to us – having a garden and some land, requires that we be content with less and get our ducks in a row so when the opportunity comes, we’ll be ready. Thanks for being an inspiration! I’m hoping we’ll get there, someday.


Oh my gosh! Congratulations!!! What an amazing story that you got to actually purchase THE property that you’ve admired for so long. I love it. Can’t wait to see more. :) Thanks for sharing, Dawn!


“Isn’t that illegal?” Wow… what a comment! Talk about #FirstWorldProblems !!!!!!! How does he think the rest of the world lives…


Congratulations on buying your dream home. I just found your blog and i love it! Good luck in your new home xx


Thank you for sharing your story! Your tips on simplifying have helped me tons (and I have watched A LOT of decluttering YouTube videos)! We live in a 1400 squart foot home with two bedrooms and four kids. It is so nice to know that someone else is living the way we do in a country that assumes every kid needs their own room. Also, way to live like no one else so later you can live like no one else!

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