Some of you know, I rent out rooms in my home. It’s a great way for me to bring in extra income and hey, why not use the space? I’m always cracking up about how people need more and more space, and how “small” my home is considered at 1500 square feet. I’ve owned my home for 6 years and pretty much live on the main floor – the only reason I usually go downstairs is to do the laundry, even though there are two bedrooms there. So, I rent the rooms out to people here for short periods of time, i.e., 2-3 months, and it’s a great deal (perfect for someone like me who still likes my space – the short term nature ensures an end date in my mind, making it easier to share, haha).
Because of this, the rooms are furnished – it’s more conducive to short term rentals and people who honestly don’t have a lot of crap. Most are just moving to town, here for an internship, or transitioning from one life to the next. With one exception, they’ve all been really independent and self-sufficient, which I love (this ain’t no B&B). I have one bathroom in my home so they need to be low maintenance, clean, and respectful fo shared spaces.
And in the spirit of EcoGrrl, the rooms are primarily furnished with items donated over the years by tenants or reused, including…
* A new Ikea bed purchased for $100 from the Humane Society girl who didn’t want to take it with her to California * 2 floor lamps from the tech student who had left them by the garbage can when he moved out * A scrappy looking desk from the barista that I spray painted chocolate brown * A new comforter and towels gifted by the Cirque du Soleil promoter. * My old bookshelf unit * Framed travel photographs I’ve taken over the years give the larger room its personality, and the smaller room is almost kitschy in that it’s plastered with old posters from my high school years – Cure, Siouxsie, Depeche, INXS, Love & Rockets.
Only a few items have been acquired new as I opened up the second, smaller room for rental this summer, but I tried to keep a minimal footprint…
* The Recycled Morocco Rug just ordered from Viva Terra is woven from recycled plastic bottles and packing materials and cover the concrete floor to make it more welcoming on the feet.
* Dvala sheets from Ikea made from sustainably grown cotton & no chlorine make me happy – and they were only $20.
I’m in quite a life transition right now as I start focusing a bit more intently on my dreams and ensuring I’m in a space where I feel good, and with that, I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make this happen. Renting these rooms out is a small sacrifice of personal space to get me to where I really want to be. I’ve met some hella interesting folk and while I can’t remember all their names anymore, I’m grateful. They’ve helped me get by after a layoff, helped me replace the windows in my home, helped me have that breathing room I need financially while I figure out where I want to go next. Kinda rad.