3 Things I Learned to Cope Without (After Living in a Shed for 2 Years)

Rachael Kable
7 min readAug 23, 2021

And three things I can’t wait to enjoy in my new home!

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The fireworks were whirring and popping across the night sky. It was the final night of 2019, and my partner Dec and I were holding hands, nervously wondering what the next few months would bring.

We were almost $25,000 in debt, and my credit card had reached its limit. After some intense discussions, we decided we had two realistic options. One — we could both increase the time we spent working for other people and keep living in our expensive apartment in the city. Two — we could move in with my mum (in a small rural town) and cut our expenses so we could continue growing our online business.

A pros and cons list showed a clear winner. Option two. It looked like we’d be moving back to my hometown to live with my mum. We optimistically guessed we’d stay for six months before finding a cheaper place to rent.

Not wanting to encroach on my mum’s space too much, we “renovated” the roof of the shed. And by renovated, I mean we stuffed the walls with insulation, installed a ceiling, built a few walls, and painted the plywood floor. I enthusiastically scattered my indoor plants around our new home to make it look a little cozier.

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Rachael Kable

A bit of mental health, a bit of online business. Published author, coach and host of The Mindful Kind podcast. More at www.rachaelkable.com