Must.Get.Started.

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SO, yes, I’m a slacker!! You thought I had melted…….like the wicked witch LOL

Guess what???? I WENT TO THE TINY HOUSE CONFERENCE!!!! OH.MY.GOODNESS!!!! A national gathering of like minded folks- amazing does not describe this thing!! We got to TOUR Tiny Houses and learn EVERYTHING about them! And, it’s going to be in Portland, Oregon next year so find some frequent flyer miles and come along. I really want to go back…

I am now even MORE motivated (if that’s possible!) to begin the build of my very own Tiny House. May I add that this is not for the faint of heart, as I imagine building any house would be- it is more difficult than I thought to make a PLAN. On wheels or off? Square or rectangle? Lofts or nah? Ladder or stairs? Electric or gas? On grid or off?? You would think I had pondered this enough, and living the Tiny Life this past 2 months has been INVALUABLE, but when it comes down to deciding- I wish I could just throw all my wants into a machine and the perfect design would pop out, finished….

*crickets*

Ok that didn’t work. So this is what I am thinking (TODAY, right this minute. All thoughts subject to change):

I believe that I want a TH on a foundation of some sort, so that it can be 12 feet wide. 24 feet long. That’s 288 sf for the math challenged among us. Still ABLE to be moved, but not able to be towed by me. That’s ok- I don’t plan on being in perpetual motion anyway. 2 lofts, one 4 feet, one 6 feet. The smaller loft for storage, the larger loft for sleeping. Stairs to the larger loft and a ladder (maybe even an aluminum ladder brought in only to access that storage space). I need a decent sized refrigerator, and a cooktop of some sort. I’m Beta testing an induction cooktop now to see if “simmer” is possible. I’ve heard it’s either off or scorch, but I need to determine that for myself. I will use a convection/ toaster oven, so if you want 12 dozen cookies or a turkey dinner ima need an invitation to use your oven 😉 mmmmkay thanks!

My bed will be on the “first floor”, queen size, and will have the closet underneath the bed. I am not planning to be off grid, so sign me up for a flush toilet and a shower. Planning a tankless water heater, but the propane vs. electric decision depends entirely on how I go with the cooktop thing.

I also plan a screened in porch, because in this climate there are about 7 months that we can spend at least some time outdoors. But mosquitos= state bird, so…

Since I am managing storage in my current 285sf quite well, with no planning or built ins, I feel really good about a custom space as far as being able to keep what I wish to have in my house. “Cheating” is what some Tiny Housers call it when you have an external storage building for things that don’t fit. I can see that, possibly- I mean, I don’t plan to keep my bicycle inside my house, or the generator for that matter! That’s a choice I will make later. For now, it’s nuts, bolts, wires, fixtures and graph paper. Lots and lots of graph paper. Yes I know there are apps. I’m old. I’ll use an app when I know what I want for SURE. I hope to have a schematic of some sort by my next post, which I will try to make soon 😀

“So, do you hate it yet?”

Thanks for your concern, but so far I love it here! Sorry for the delay in posts, I’ve had a bit of a bumpy month but none of that had to do with my Tiny House, so yay! One month in, and all is well. Best thing so far is learning to embrace the many facets of minimalism. Worst part? No washer/ dryer. Convenient, reliable affordable laundry options are on the discussion list, although my clothes are clean, so I’m muddling through. With spring weather might come a clothes line and my hand crank washer, so I will be ok! Because of the lack of laundry options, I have resorted to paper towels and disposable doggy pee pads- I’m not used to that, but for now I have to go with them.

I’m excited to show you my kitchen today. The small refrigerator learning curve has been great. Cooking for one is easy; cooking ahead and packaging several meals for eating during the week would be grand except I can’t store the prepared food in my available refrigerator space. I had the great idea to buy 8 yogurts when my fave was on sale and I almost had to eat a couple that night… but I got them all in there! Meal prep and planning is a work in progress. I was also concerned about the no- oven thing, but my toaster oven is very nice and bakes evenly and consistently. I invested in a set of baking pans sized for a toaster oven, and I’m breaking them in this weekend on some meatballs. I have also made a king sized batch of chicken salad and used my pressure cooker/ slow cooker for a couple of other nice large scale prep efforts. I could comfortably entertain at least 4 adults for dinner inside. I did measure the interior dimensions of my house; it’s 15x 19. Feet. 285 square feet total. IMG_1641

 

So without further adieu, here’s the video “tour” of my tiny kitchen!

Other kitchen pics in Photos!!

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.