I think we all have been living this title lately? I honestly don't see it as a "bad thing". In general Americans have gotten a bit over indulged in many ways and a redo is in order! It got me thinking about ways I can control spending in my in personal and professional life. Less impulse buying is really a big #1 for us all. I ask myself do I NEED it, most of the time I don't. Next step was to take a look at my personl items like clothings, coats, cosmetics, hair care products etc. I have 2 girls a tween and a teen, we have a lot of girlie hair stuff. We got real about what we use and stopped the nonsense.
I took this same approach to my business, and all of the packaging and molds I have accumulated over 12 years. oh brother!! A task like this can really overwhelm a girl. Luckily I don't cry easily. I took out a tape measure and did a layout of the soap factory on paper with all measurements. It was shocking, I realized I can literally use half of the space I am using now! WHAT?! Yes, I was amazed by this. Mind you there will be some purging of items to make this happen but it is for my own good. Once I dump out stuff I am not using and set up the tables in a U shape all connected I will actually be able to work faster in this space. I laugh at myself in this big space now as I sit here looking how scattered it is in a bigger space.
What will I do with the other 200 square feet of space? I am creating a beautiful living space that will add value to my property. Another way to do more with less, is to create liveable space that is already exisiting instead of costly additions. The cost of revamping this extra space is 60% less than the quote I got for the same space as an addition. What is this called? Doing more with less! Creating value in your real estate with little cost while keeping your taxes down. In addition we are putting in an 80% efficient furnace and AC unit, mkaing us more green! The remodel will also decrease our carbon footprint because it is an exisiting space that will be remodeled with an energy efficient wall panel system.