Our New Apartment

Hello! I’m still posting over on my other site but this quiet little home on the internet seems like a good place to keep a record of the updates we’ll soon be making to our actual little home.

Our Small Home: I have big hopes for our small apartment. It’s a basic, modern two bed/two bath with a living room/kitchen. The agents details tell us it’s less than 700 sq ft (we haven’t checked yet), which compared to our current home is tiny. It’s going to be a challenge, but a good challenge at that.

Minimalism: The ‘smallness’ of our new home will ensure that we live a fairly minimalist life. Not totally minimalist as we’ll still have ‘stuff’, but the lack of space will hopefully help to at least keep it at bay.

Organising: It seems strange to move on from talking about minimalism to talking about organising, but having the right amount of storage in our new home will be essential too. At the moment, apart from the kitchen cupboards, there is little storage. There is a (very) small laundry room cupboard, but it needs shelving.

The first two photos, sneaked on a visit yesterday, show both ends of the living/kitchen area. There is some floor space between these two shots, but I didn’t manage to capture it.

Living Area

Kitchen before
At first glimpse the kitchen doesn’t look too bad, but it needs updating a little. I’m running through the options in my head, but at the moment I’m leaning towards getting the door fronts painted professionally (I don’t feel confident enough in my painting skills to do a kitchen), as the carcasses are in a good condition. That empty space you see is for a dishwasher.

That’s all I have for now. I’ll be back with more updates when we’ve actually moved in.



I read Leo’s poston Zen Habits last week and knew instantly what I had to do.

I’ve been on a simplifying journey since 2005 and in that time I’ve had three children leave the nest, re-married, renovated a home, left my soul destroying job, paid off a considerable amount of debt (consumer & mortgage) and de-cluttered more items than I care to think about!

I’ve also been trying to run two blogs.

And it’s time to simplify this. I’ve taken the sad decision to cease posting over here at Move to Portugal. It’s not an easy decision to make, but I make it knowing that a lot of you are so brilliant that you follow my ramblings on my other site (and hope you’ll continue to do so :) )

I don’t really know how I can ever say a big enough thank-you to you all for the comments, emails, link love and continued support over the years – you’ve all kept me going on this fun roller coaster journey, and for that I’m very grateful.