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THE TOUR- Big dreamin’, tiny livin’ {5}

*Knock, knock, knock*
Hello there, welcome to the tiny house! Take your shoes off and show yourself around.

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Thanks for being my guest. Please come visit again soon!


For more posts in the “Big dreamin’, tiny livin’ series, follow the links below!
Big dreamin’, tiny livin’ {1}
Big dreamin’, tiny livin’ {2}
Big dreaming’, tiny livin’ {4}
THE TOUR- Big dreamin’, tiny livin’ {5}

 

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Big dreaming’, tiny livin’ {4}

I’ve been a tiny house dweller for almost two weeks now! Time is flying!

It has been so fun unpacking, getting settled and figuring out how to make the space functional and comfortable. It actually already feels like home! There will be a home tour coming v, v soon!


Considering I have settled pretty quickly, I’ve already figured out which aspects of tiny living are my favorite which aspects well… aren’t.

CONS OF TINY LIVING:

  1. Lots of cleaning. If one thing is out of place or messed up, it stands out drastically. I’m constantly tidying up or sweeping (Have I ever mentioned that I hate tiled floors?)
  2. Overstimulation. Maybe this is because of my inner OCD,but having all of my belongings out in the open causes my brain to go one million miles an hour all of the time. I see my bed and think “relax” but also see my workout gear and think “get moving” but also see my school work and think “I should be writing” but also see my cooking supplies and think “lets create a new recipe”.. I imagine this will fade with time though.
  3. The bathroom. This may be particular to my house, but this room truly tests my patience. IT IS SO SMALL! I didn’t realize how much I liked to leisurely shower, roam while getting ready and just hangout in my bathroom.. Until my bathroom became too small for two people to even fit in!

PROS OF TINY LIVING:

  1. Developing cleanlier habits. Like I said, if anything is out of place or messed up, it stands out. Rather than waiting for my whole house to be trashed then spending one day cleaning it from top to bottom, I put things back where they belong when I’m done with them and clean up after myself when transitioning from one activity to another. My mom would be proud.
  2. Admiring my belongings. In this post I explained that downsizing all of my possessions has helped me to see which items I have for a reason, and which items I have “just because.” Mostly all of my belongings serve a purpose, and having them out in the open helps me to admire them more. The pictures of Matt and I don’t get overlooked as often, I appreciate my couch and the stools in my kitchen more, I peer over every item of clothing and every pair of shoes I own, rather than overlooking them. Seeing these items not as cluttered or surrounded by other unnecessary items helps to remind me that my home is made up of items that I have worked for, made or been given by loved ones.
  3. Intimate fellowship. The tiny house is perfect for entertaining! I’ve had at least one person over every day since moving in, and I love it. There is enough room for people to have their own space to sit and relax, but the close quarters make people interact so much more. The small space requiring people to talk and connect more has also helped me weed out which friends I WANT to be that close with.
  4. It’s not a house, it’s a home. Yaknow how they say home is a feeling, not a place? Well, the tiny house feels like home. It’s full of the things I love, it’s full of the people I love, and it’s already full of lovely memories and ideas. I’m so grateful that when I walk through the doors of the tiny house, it radiates laughter, comfort and belonging.

How do you make your house feel like a home?

Is there one room in your house/apartment that you often avoid?

Simply, Sum!

Change > Regret {Life Lately}

Hi everyone! So much has happened since the last time I posted. Some changes were more expected than others.

Super expected & planned for: I packed up my Tallahassee home and moved into my tiny house on Wednesday! The whole process was very fast paced. Matt and I packed up my third floor apartment and loaded it into a Uhaul all by ourselves. Talk about an intense workout! We drove the four hour route to my new apartment and unpacked all within the same day.image1

Kinda expected: I haven’t wanted to really workout at all since the move. I had to run about a mile and half home from dropping off the Uhaul, but other than that I’ve been more drawn to leisurely walks. My body has been so worn and sore. I’m letting myself rest as much as I need, for now, but I’m also excited to get back into a workout routine.

Kinda expected: Between not wanting to buy groceries before the big move and going to farewell dinners with all of my Tallahassee friends and co-workers, I’ve been eating out more frequently than usual. I’ve wanted to just enjoy my time with the people around me, so I haven’t been beating myself up over it. I’ve been trying to make”wiser” choices while eating out though, still avoiding buttery and fried foods.image3

Not at all expected: My mental and emotional stability have been, well, not stable. I’ve been emotional and really disconnected. Although I knew I’d be emotional moving away from my nieces, this type of emotion has been deep, dark and consuming. After taking some time for myself, I realized that one underlying condition for why I’ve felt so anxious and confused is because of my eating. Telling myself no; telling myself “You can’t have that or this or this”; eating around people and feeling restricted; feeling the urge to eat out rather than cook because cooking isn’t fun anymore.. It’s been hard. Cooking and making healthy eating an enjoyable habit has been a huge part of me for so long, but it has recently turned into a chore. So, I’ve been eating more intuitively. AKA eating turkey sandwiches and wasabi ranch seasoned pea crisps, because telling myself these things are “bad” have made me want them even more. But, this will be a whole separate post, another day.image2

With so much going on, it has been so important for me to focus on myself and what feels right. Rest, fellowship and an at-ease mind have trumped spreading myself too thin, feeling lonely in a group of people and judging myself for not being able to label myself anything other than “human.”


Have you ever experienced a series of big life changes in a short amount of time?

Do you tend to beat yourself up when you get “off track” your normal routine?

Simply, Sum

Big dreamin’, tiny livin’ {2}

As I announced in my last post, I’m moving into a teeny tiny house!

As soon as I saw it on the market for rent, I knew I wanted it. But I also knew that meant downsizing from a nice sized, 660 sqft one bedroom apartment to a 400 sqft one bedroom house.

Considering I’m already pretty minimalist, consolidating my belongings to fit hasn’t been too difficult. I’ve had to get rid of most of my larger furniture, as expected. I sold my dining room set, papasan chair and random storage bins on a nifty Facebook online yardsale group.

However, what I wasn’t expecting was how many random items I have in my apartment that truly don’t serve a purpose for me and definitely wont be useful in the tiny house.

As I’ve been searching through my things and deciding what items I should keep and what items should be sold or donated, I’ve asked myself three things to make the decision easier:

  1. Have I looked at this, admired this or used it within the last two months?
  2. If I didn’t have this, would it impact my daily life?
  3. If given to the right person, would this positively influence their life more than it is mine, currently?

It hasn’t been easy getting rid of all the small things. But these questions have truly helped me put into perspective what possessions I have that are just “stuff” and what possessions I have that are truly useful. I don’t want to (literally) carry around extra baggage of just “stuff.”

Most of the items that I’ve decided to part with, I’ve sold online or to friends.

But conveniently, a family friend of mine is moving into her first apartment soon, so I’ve been giving her the items I think would help her get settled into her new home, too!

I’m still holding onto a few of my smaller items, like coffee cups. Do you know how hard it is to get rid of a cute coffee cup, even if the inside is lined in dust? But lets be real.. I don’t need 8 coffee mugs.


Do you tend to hoard items or get rid of things as they lose their usefulness?

Have you ever had to downsize your belongings for a move?

Simply, Sum.