The tiny home idea has been scrapped for the most part, although we plan to build a vardo, or gypsy wagon, in the future for our SCA camping. In having the vardo, I will have my tiny home, although it will be more like a small vacation cabin and less like full-time living. For a permanent home, we plan to buy a piece of land and either build a small house or cabin or buy a used mobile home to go on it. Our home will still be small and will be off-grid. Having a small homestead that is as close to self-sufficient as possible is an important goal; we want to quit watching our little bit of income get blown away by one or two bills; mainly electric and food. The power keeps rising, as do the prices at the grocery store. It is clear that we need to take measu
I have been out of work for a while because I wanted to focus more on my schoolwork and to work on decluttering the house. What I discovered is that I am not going to declutter anything or concentrate any better if I am unhappy being home all the time and worried about money. So, what is a girl to do? Well, the first thing I did was decide to do a few things for me. Eddie asked what I wanted for Christmas, so I got my nails done. I realize it isn't an expensive gift, but it was what I wanted. He has also been paying for the fill-ins as well. I then colored my hair and got a trim. Finally, I put in applications for a job, but only at salons. I missed doing hair so much and figured it was time to give it a shot, even if it meant leaving the SCA for a time. Well, as luck would have it, I found a job in a nice salon with a great bunch of folks- both co-workers and clients! I also have a position that allows me to have some weekends off, so that means the SCA is not a thing of the past for us. How fortunate can I be? Well, even more than this!
We have not been able to fins a church that we felt was for us. Also, Peter and Ben have been having issues (as well as both me and Eddie) with the isolation that living way up on this mountain brings with it. We were invited to a church that is fairly close to us and has a youth group that is very active. Peter is looking forward to going and meeting others of his own age group. Ben is not sure he wants to go, but I think he will appreciate social interaction. I am hoping that this church "feels" right - we will find out tomorrow!
While a tiny home will not fit both of us, a small home will! Eddie is actually paying closer attention to the small cabin-type homes that I have been looking at plans for. The home in my view is 16x24 feet. To him, it should be at least 20 x 22. Both are small and I am willing to go up to the size of a small single-wide trailer (that is if we end up buying a used one instead of building..hoping to build, though.) Eddie and I realize that we have a lot of items that we want to keep, such as camping gear, larger appliances, and holiday decorations, to name a few. He has agreed that solar power should be considered and that off-grid living might not be so bad, after all. He is still not exactly on board with the idea of tossing out so much but I am winning him over to it slowly as he sees more space open up in the house. This is a slow process, but taken slowly, it is less painful and more easily accomplished.
I have been continually going through clothing and books. At this point, we have a fairly large box plus four bags of clothes ready to be carried off. I have a fifth bag started as well. We haven't begun to go through little odds and ends yet but I am sure that alone will be yet another huge pile of "stuff."Some things have been thrown out, such as the ultra comfy outfit that was worn out and unusable who knows how long ago, and other things like books missing covers, old magazines, etc.
I have been giving Ben a few small things for his home, such as kitchenware that he will need and although he will need much more, at least he has a few plates and pot holders, as well as a couple of small pots. Once we begin getting the building materials, such as windows, I may have curtains that he may like that will fit his windows.
The process is slow, and although I am being careful to toss as much as possible; to remove attachment from most "things," I know that this is going to take a bit longer than I had anticipated. The up-side is that we are still making decisions on home type and layout and where we wish to be located. As of right now, I have been looking for property in a certain area and hope that soon, something we can afford will come available; hopefully without an existing dwelling on it.
This is the first bit of books that are on their way out. We are donating most of what I cull from the massive amount of stuff we have accumulated to the local thrift stores. The pile of clothing that I am working on will be posted at a later time. It is amazing to see how much we can do in under five minutes.
I decided to take literally 5 minutes and empty as much of a shelf of books as I could. Over half of the shelf is now emptied of books that I will not read or have read and will most likely never read again. Most of these are romance books that have been given to me or that I have picked up at garage sales, etc. A couple are old text books used when the boys were small (the science book is from first grade - they are both in high school now) and need to go. I am almost afraid to see the multitude of books left in the shed that are waiting to be gone through.
As I go through and delete certain items from my home and life, I am being sure to set aside anything that I might want to keep for one reason or another. I realize that shrinking down to fewer possessions is not something to do all at once so am going slowly and carefully to be sure that I will not be left with a sense of loss, but with a sense of empowerment that being released from the weight of stuff will bring.
Benjamin is joining me in my endeavor. He is looking to have a tiny home on a trailer of his own so that he has a house with no mortgage and a low cost of living. The nice part about him doing this is that he can have a hand in building his home; giving him skills he can use later on to build a larger home if he chooses to have a family. Ben watched the youtube video showing Austin Hay's tiny home http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMRJ9lwzCaMand he decided that his was the layout that was the best option. Ben also watched videos that showed various other designs by Tumbleweed and still chose the Fencl layout. I think Ben is kind of excited about it since he found out that he will have his own everything from appliances to furniture. Seeing a variety of styles and how each of the homeowners had more than just the basics in their homes; making them comfortable and functional even though they are small, seems to have helped Ben to "get the picture." It is a great idea for those who are able to get rid of quite a few material possessions and to live si
My New Interest and Desire: Tiny Home -or- Micro-Home Living!
I saw an image while searching for information on building a Vardo, as I explained earlier. Well, the image was a link to a blog, tinyhouseblog.com, and from there I discovered the Tumbleweed houses (tumbleweedhouses.com) and the great inspiration of the project undertaken by a young man, Austin (minihousebuilder.com). After looking at many home plans and looking around my home, seeing the STUFF (much of which i haven't used in, well, since before it was packed, moved, then unpacked!) that is literally bogging my life down, I found the answer to my cluttered life and to the change that is coming. The home I am most charmed by is built on a cargo trailer that you can pull with a pick-up truck. I will need to make a few changes, however, due to the beginnings of arthritis in the hips and spine, but other than that, the little cottage is a dream come true! I can even fit my dogs and cats with me! (Not all that I have now, but it is going to be at least three years before I have my new little home, which, hopefully my husband will fall in love with too, and by then, the boys will have claimed their own pets *fingers crossed.*) The home that I like (and am growing to quickly love) is the Lusby design at tumbleweed houses. I am also thinking about building a micro-home for my youngest son, Benjamin, as well. The idea that I can have my home, a more stream-lined lifestyle, and enjoy just living instead of worrying about one bill or another is pretty much a dream come true. Our first step will is already in progress; the research. We have a lot to research, part of which will be done at a local RV dealership, as well as finding folks who are willing to share ideas and information with us. I just hope that I am not too old to embark on this grand adventure as I am in my mid-40's and obviously not getting younger.
Edward said we could build the tiny home on a trailer, get a truck, and use it as an RV or camper. My thought is that the traveling with the home is the first step; after that, we may both be hooked on simplicity in our lives. One of the things that is so attractive in these homes is the extensive use of wood. I love that natural products are used, but as these are also very costly, I will start searching for wood that can be re-purposed, such as from old barns, to save where I can. I already have many ideas for my future tiny home. The road will be a little long getting it built, but I am positive that it will all be worth it.