Things I’m Learning, Things I’m Admitting

23 thoughts on “Things I’m Learning, Things I’m Admitting”

  1. My spouse and I were considering buying a tiny home and I wondered what it would actually be like to live in – this list was really helpful and such a reality check. I’m hoping one day we could do it. It’s not exactly ideal right now, but opportunity of having such a clean slate is so appealing.

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    1. I was unhappy when I lived in my last home — a comfy loft in San Francisco. Something was missing from that life, which — from a distance — looked seemingly “perfect.” I wanted to see what would happen if I wiped the slate clean, downsized dramatically (something I’d always wanted to do), and tried something different.

      I don’t expect to live in this tiny house forever. I want to see what will happen — and what I’ll learn about myself and my true wants and needs along the way. I know not everyone can do this (or would want to do this) — to experiment with their lifestyle — so I’m grateful to have the opportunity.

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    1. Hi there! Thanks for reaching out. We’ll pass on being featured — we have this blog to share our experience with others, but aren’t really looking to be in the spotlight, at least for now. (Though we did notice the Facebook post mentioning us on the Tumbleweed page recently, which was nice — thank you!)

      Thanks again (and I enjoy following along on your own journey).

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  2. Mmmm, this is a good post for me as it brings out the real ‘realities’ of what owning/living in a tiny house would be… I think I am now more leaning towards the ‘I have a tiny house as a vacation home…’ instead of the thought of making a big shift in my life a few years down the road. It is easy for me to romanticize something, so always good to understand the situation more & more as I move forward with such thoughts. Great insight 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I’m happy that this short list was helpful (and entertaining) for people 🙂

      Yes, I think this house is ideal as some kind of weekend retreat (or guest unit for others). I’m hoping we can figure out a way to make that happen in the future.

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  3. I love what another tiny-house blogger wrote…that about 85% of the time, they loved their tiny house, and the rest of the time when they weren’t so enamored, they chose to remember the blessings of the tiny house…why they chose that lifestyle in the first place. This made that 15% of the time when they didn’t love their tiny house more bearable. I’m hoping that’s going to be the case when we finally get our tiny house built.

    We are still in the planning stages, so we’re downsizing, digitizing, etc., with the final goal being that when we move into our tiny house, the change will just be in space volume, not in how we live.

    We chose this for our ‘washer’ and I really like it. For the washing container, we use either a large bucket, the sink, or for bedspreads and large stuff, our bathtub. (Picture me in the bathtub ‘stomping’ the (grapes) bedspread while using this washer. It was shocking how much grunge came out!
    http://www.amazon.com/Breathing-Mobile-Washer-Operated-emergencies/dp/B00WVTXVMC/ref=lp_11693169011_1_1?srs=11693169011&ie=UTF8&qid=1447620900&sr=8-1

    For our ‘dryer’, we chose this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Laundry-Alternative-Ventless-Portable-Apartment/dp/B00CDWTQKI/ref=lp_2602095011_1_5?srs=2602095011&ie=UTF8&qid=1447620915&sr=8-5
    The price on the laundry alternative web site was cheaper, but once you added shipping, the amazon price was much cheaper.

    We’ve also switched to microfiber (the good ones) towels and washcloths, have downsized our clothes, and are currently in the process of scanning and digitizing about a hundred year’s worth of photos. Seriously, I just finished scanning my grandmother’s tintypes…

    As for the acorns on the roof…I bet on the positive side, that laying cozy in bed snuggled up with your sweetie in the cool fall weather and listening to the rain on the roof is absolutely sublime….

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  4. Great honesty here, Cheri. Some of your points made me smile and even laugh. And I felt for all. The first one is So true! We, writers, believe so strongly in settings that we also believe that if we only found ourselves in the perfect setting, our fingers would fly on this stubborn keyboard. Alas…
    Still, your experience is quite unique and the little house remains adorable and quite stylish. With or without a cluttered porch. Enjoy this slice of your now-life.

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  5. Wow, what an experience you are having. What are some of the aspects you are enjoying more than you thought? or at least feel are worth the effort of paring down and living in small spaces and using the toilet at night after you climb down? Just wondering…:) Write on! Like hearing your insights and jogs here and there.

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    1. I’m enjoying the learning-by-doing aspect of it all, especially everything around our compost bucket. Really fascinating, and it’s opened my eyes to how we deal with water as well as our own waste.

      I also enjoy our geographic location, further up into Northern California. This move has confirmed that leaving San Francisco a few years ago — and moving to a small town this year — was the right step for me. While I certainly love the chaos of cities, especially when I travel, I love the slower pace, less crowds, and mellow vibe where we currently live.

      Paring down was/is the best feeling ever — I continue to be mindful of what I buy, and if I buy a piece of clothing, I toss/donate an item to make room. My husband Nick still insists we get rid of everything but two backpacks (one for him, one for me), but I don’t know if I want to go that route!

      While I think our house is cute, I know that this space is temporary and I continue to shape in my head what it is I ultimately want in a home (eg, 500-600 square feet is a sweet spot for me). And I continue to learn new things about the house, and my needs and wants, each day, so I’m enjoying this opportunity to feel things out and discover what I’d like in the future.

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      1. Thanks so much for sharing more of your experience. It sounds enlightening on many fronts. Certainly you have gained insight into more true needs and your relationship (I am sure). It sort of makes me wistful for those days on the ’60s and ’70s when folks shared communal spaces and lived in the country with bare necessities. There is always room for innovation and tiny houses seem one way to go. Its true that millions of people already live with little space or stuff, of course, and this has occurred our own country in variations on a theme, more often in days of yore. But simplifying seems a fine way to live a life. Best to you both!

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  6. I love this; thank you for the honesty that so few tiny space bloggers share!

    We had the same problems with the Airstream we built out ourselves. We built a couch that turned into a guest bed. It was fine for sitting on in a semi-relaxed position..but not for working upright (the bench was too deep to lean back) or really kicking back and relaxing. Our backs hurt constantly after working for very long with no support and we had no room for desks.

    We also were awoken by every little sound too. Acorns sounded like gunshots on a tin roof!

    Being in a tiny space is a test for sure and causes you to focus on what’s important, but it’s not always a forever solution – I know many people who did it, then went back to a more traditional house because family circumstances or desire changed. We’d love a small house (maybe 1000 square feet) or loft with a spare bedroom for guests and a real office, since most of our clutter is our two work setups being on our only table. The urge to travel is too great while we have the perfect opportunity to do it, so we know better than to try it yet. Maybe someday! 🙂

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    1. Yay, thanks for reading, Kristin! “Semi-relaxed” position is the perfect way to describe our sitting arrangement on our sofa when we (try to) watch TV (err, the iPad). So, instead of both of us being uncomfortable, we take turns lying down, while the other person moves to our lounge chair.

      I knew going in that this space would be temporary — a way to reset and start with a blank slate, so we can feel out what we actually want (and need). Still not sure what that is yet 🙂

      Enjoy Colorado!

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  7. Hah, when I moved to Bogotá, I thought it was going to give me a lot to write about…instead, I wasn´t able to write at al thruough past year! I found out I write more when I´m home, back from travels, than when I´m on the road. Well, I just keep my diary that I work int posts later on, but sincerely, in Bogotá, I didn´t do that either.

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    1. I had the same experience when I lived in Montreal for a summer! I’d specifically went there to write and finish a manuscript for my graduate writing program — bad, bad idea. So much pressure!

      I feel the same: I write more when I’m home, back from traveling, after I’ve had a chance to absorb and make sense of the experience.

      Thanks for reading!

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  8. I loved this. In some ways it’s a bit sad as reality takes over from the dream, but that is
    Life and if you can still enjoy the reality then so much the better. Good luck

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  9. Great post title, “things I’m admitting.” That would make a great prompt. I’m gonna have to think about that for myself… But, hilarious post, and many of things all of us should think about but we ignore because it is not in our faces when conditions are easy. Like being aware of water usage. Really, most people have know idea of how much water they just waste needlessly until their in a position where they know it’s limited… But I guess being in California you all are probably thinking about water all the time. How do you do your laundry by the way?

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    1. We go to a laundomat in town, once a week. I’ve always had a washer/dryer, so at first thought it’d be so inconvenient, but I actually love going now. My husband and I go together, play cards while we wait, and get frozen yogurt at a shop next door. It’s become a little tradition — it’s nice!

      We did buy this portable “washing machine” and even thought “oh, how lovely, we can wash our clothes by hand — try to be more simple.” We tried it a few times and while it works, you have to rinse your clothes several times to get the soap out, which took over an hour. So, we ditched the washing machine. It’s a really great example of making a task unnecessarily harder for yourself because you think you want to live “more simply.” In reality, it was plain annoying and an inefficient use of time!

      Thanks for reading 🙂

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