Good morning friends! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted and given you all an update on what’s been happening here on Hill Farm. There have been some changes and I wanted to say I am sorry I haven’t updated you as they were happening.
Changes Happening at Junque Cottage
What changes you ask? Well, for starters, we have been remodeling some and I have been on a mission to declutter every part of my life. I have been spending months going through every single possession we own. Every drawer, room, closet, basket. It has taken me some time and I feel like I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
This is an ongoing process but I am learning how to live with less and be more intentional with my spending and purchases. I have also been working on some organizational changes. Buying glass containers, labels, baskets. I had no idea how expensive that would all be but I think worth it in the long run.
I have a hard time focusing on one project. I jump from room to room and paint project to paint project without finishing the previous. Part of this is because I was feeling overwhelmed. In the blogging world, if you aren’t taking beautiful and perfectly stages pictures, people don’t want to see it. Well, that is not my life right now. No room is completely finished. No project is fully completed.
While remodeling, I was moving stuff from one room to the next in boxes to keep it out of the way. Many of these items weren’t even anything I particularly needed. So why was I holding on to it? I decided to make some changes.
First, was to rid my life of all the unnecessary. This was difficult at first. I held on to items for sentimental reasons. Items I kept in boxes or the attic that I never used or even looked at. I had also piled so much stuff in junk drawers, baskets and the like.
With this farmhouse, I felt like none of my previous furniture pieces “fit”. This house is so old that I felt like everything I owned just looked off in here. That means, that I have slowly had to sell and replace items as I had the time and could afford to do so. That alone is a huge process.
I am still in the process of organizing what I have left. Again, this has to happen in stages as supplies can be expensive. I just work room from room doing what I can to make my life more simple. In a way, its been freeing but also hard. I feel like I let my blog sit somewhat idle for too long which kept me up at night but I had to make a decision. Blog daily or get this house in order as best I can.
I promise to never take that long of a break again. I have also been trying to learn videos. I want to show you guys what we are working on and not just write about it. But, to make quality videos, I will need new equipment which again, is expensive. One step at a time.
In an effort to save money, I have been researching how to DIY a lot of household items like cleaners, soaps etc. That too has a learning curve and I want to share all of that with you.
Living on 8 acres means a lot of outside work has had to happen. We installed a bunch of gates and built fencing. We have been tilling the land and trying to build raised gardens so we can grow our own food. We built a loafing shed so we can get some sheep and goats. All these things take time and money and I felt like I was always in a panic to keep my blog going but also be a mother to my daughter, a wife to my husband and maintain this house.
We had a major ice storm come through last week and had so many limbs fall and cause so much damage that we are trying to get fixed. This also mean some of my favorite oaks tress around the house have to come down and that also, isn’t cheap. Nor is it what I wanted to have happen. One thing at a time.
I missed you guys and promise to update you more as we move along on this crazy ride of owning a small farm. Thanks for sticking with me and for always being so supportive.
More updates coming this week on what rooms we’ve painting and I will be sharing some of my organizational tips!