The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. -Albert Einstein

So things are surely changing in my world, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! Tippy and Heidi are nervous about all of the packing. They know something’s up. I’m planning three more sleeps in my “big” house, and then it’s Tiny or bust. I can’t believe I found a TH to rent while I am building. This image isn’t a Google generic; it’s my for real new house. Yes, it has heat/air/electricity and running water. Yes, shower and flush toilet. I’ll post interior pictures once I move in. It’s a little too “not me” right now- needs some cozying up! You can’t see the amazing little back porch with a perfect view of the woods. I can’t wait to have my coffee there.IMG_1376

I have yet to measure it, but I’m sure you can see it is definitely Tiny. Surprisingly, parting with “things” has been much easier than anticipated. My new goals include reducing my footprint in any way that I can. New kitty litter. Less toilet paper and Kleenex. Making some cloth bags to take to the grocery store to use for produce instead of those plastic bags. Throwing less things away at home- by purchasing less “packaging,” composting more and reusing everything I can. I should be able to rework my budget and adjust some things to better suit achieving financial goals (don’t we all have THOSE… the lottery thing didn’t work so well for me!)

I gave away my 13 gallon kitchen trash can. Sold my washing machine. Gave my dryer to my daughter. Gave my bed to another daughter. Dressers, recliner, couch, tv, end tables, coffee table, piano, rugs. Returned the lawnmower I had borrowed- as you can see, I won’t need that! Gone. IT FEELS AMAZING! My “keeps” include my best cookware, my sewing machine, a dog bed big enough for my pack, and some cute little glass topped nesting tiny tables.

I’m hoping to be able to move almost everything by myself. My generous neighbor is letting me borrow her pickup to take things where they need to go, and my Fiat (oh yes, I have a Tiny Car, too!) will likely have to make a few trips.

Change. I’m not nearly as opposed, afraid, or resistant as I used to be. Change is an adventure to me. It is a constant. Often, I can change what I don’t like. If that’s not possible, I can change the way I react and adapt. So here goes! Pictures of the move and the new place coming soon. Pray the massive snow and ice doesn’t get this far south and east.

“I’m going to live in the woods!!”

Fess up. You’ve said it. In a moment of frustration with everyday nonsense, you have blurted out something to the effect of, “I’m getting rid of everything I own and I’m moving to a cabin in the woods where no one can BUG me!!” Kind of like going Tiny, huh. But could you, really? Can I??

I am finding my responses to the honest queries of friends, family and total strangers. “Why would ANYONE want to give up their things?” “Won’t you be cramped?” “What if you NEED something?” “I could never do that.” “That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard.” “You’ve lost your mind.” “I’ve always wanted to do that!” “HOW many square feet?!?!?” “Are you going to have a toilet?” (Haha! YES!!)

I didn’t just start thinking of Tiny living this year or last. I remember as a small child, seeing little places and thinking how cool it would be to have that space as my entire living area. I guess I brushed it off as kid stuff- like who didn’t want a cool fort or playhouse when they were young? It never went away though. That feeling that I could do with less, or as I accumulated extra dishes, clothes, books, furniture, kitchen items and the rest, wondering when I would ever USE it all. So, I did what I thought everyone did. Boxed it up, kept the reasonably useful things out, and filled up my house. Now, as I have pared down to what I will keep, it’s more like everything that I call mine has a meaning, a history, or a purpose. I haven’t “given up” anything.

Eleven months ago, in preparation to living Tiny, I started the purge of my house. For the past 6 months, I have not used my living room (200 square feet), the foyer outside my bathroom (80 square feet), the front bedroom (110 square feet), the dining room (120 square feet, except to sit at a tiny table and drink my morning coffee), the third bedroom (110 square feet, except to sit at my desk and sew). I used the bathroom, which is quite big for my vintage cottage, my kitchen, which is typically small c 1948, and my bedroom which is dwarfed by my king sized bed. So. Of the 1,200 square feet available for me, I have been living in 580 of them. I think I got this. We shall see!

Scared I will need something I gave up? Ummm…it’s the USA. I can hit up WalMart and get a replacement flashlight. Or a new lamp. At 3 a.m. I promise, the things I have eliminated are things I have not used in a month of Sundays. I’m not even concerned.

You couldn’t do this? Good news- you don’t have to! My typically polite answer runs more like “Oh Tiny Living isn’t for everyone, but I’m at a place in my life where I think it’s perfect for me!” My circus, my monkeys. Bless your heart.

It’s the dumbest thing you ever heard? My dear Dad. He’s furious. Turned purple while he was yelling at me for building a “Midget House.” He’s 88. He doesn’t do computers or keep up with housing trends. I’m sorry you think it’s (I’M) dumb. I can’t spend time explaining and justifying- I don’t have to, I don’t need to. Love you, Dad.

Perhaps, yes, I’ve lost my mind. I believe that may not be related to going Tiny, however. I’m old, and I give credit especially to Emily, Katie and Mary for propelling me along the path to crazy. I think I am doing satisfactorily, though and thank you for your concern!

You’ve always wanted to do that? I recommend then that you do. Whatever it is. Life won’t wait for you. Make a plan, break it down into steps, and get to work. I’m reading about Goal Setting and I am diligently using a planner this year. I am sharing as I go Tiny so that if that’s your dream as well, maybe you won’t have to reinvent the wheel as you go!

Square feet? Somewhere in the neighborhood of 315, give or take. I have not seen the title to “my” trailer yet. My plans tentatively include a kitchen, living room, sewing room, closet and bathroom. With a flush toilet. There are two lofts, one with my bed and one for the grandbabies- because sleepovers at Mammaw’s are where it’s AT! I think it will be plenty. Do I know for sure? No. I’ve never lived Tiny before. There are SO many options when building though! I have made a list of my “must haves” and my “I don’t need” items, and I’m going to live in the woods. With everything I need and want. Yep. Y’all come see me!