Dad Brag/Floor Bed

I’d like to take a moment to brag on my dear dad who’s somehow always up for a project. Last year, I started wondering about toddler beds and when to switch over from a crib. That led me down the internet rabbit hole to the idea of Montessori floor beds, which I tried in two versions. After completely baby-proofing her room, I opted for the simple version:

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First try at a Montessori-style floor bed

It seemed like a good idea, and I was even expecting kiddo to roll off a time or two based on the experiences I read on various Montessori blogs. Floor bed frames on Etsy are crazy pricey for this single mama, so just the crib mattress on the floor seemed like a fine option. What I wasn’t prepared for was MY complete lack of sleep having to go in her room and put her back to sleep several times that first night because she rolled off. (I work full-time so anything that gets in the way of my sleep is swiftly dealt with.)

The next day I rang up my dad with the idea of a short wooden bed frame that would allow her to get in and out but not roll out. That night, I slept next to her bed on the floor just to try to get a little more sleep. My hips are apparently too old for that nonsense! Thankfully my dad is a magical mythical being who had the frame done for night 3:

Floor Bed Frame with Crib Mattress
Kiddo’s bed ready for sleeping

It’s just high enough that she couldn’t easily roll out of bed, and the cut-out is just large enough for her to get in and out as she pleases. I was also concerned about her discovering her freedom at 3 am but she really didn’t get out much. In fact, in the mornings she would climb out and play quietly for a little and I could get a few more minutes of sleep rather than her crying for me to get her out of her crib.

So she’s been sleeping in this bed since she was about 10 months old and she’s almost 2 years old now. It’s still perfect! I’ve since rearranged and painted her room but I’ll save that for another post.

Until next time, lovelies.

My Little House

I’d like to back up a few years and reboot my blogging journey with a slightly larger wee house.  After I sold my tiny house, I purchased a 1,000 square foot single family home in my town. It has 2 official bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, a large unfinished basement, bonus room/potential 3rd bedroom, and sits on a quarter of an acre.  My then boyfriend and I were renting a 200 square foot basement apartment in a cohousing community that was awesome, but I’m a homeowner at heart and a little more space was in order.

The house needed TONS of work. Not a complete “handyman special” but enough that it had sat on the market for a while despite being close to downtown and offered at one of the lowest prices you can expect for the area. Maybe it was the size that was a deterrent? I suspect some combination of all its shortcomings made it sit around waiting for me.

So I offer up the original listing photos of the place, to start. The house looks drastically different now but there’s more to that story than I’m going to share in this post.

1,000 square feet is 5 times larger than my tiny house! By “normal” standards, however, it ranks pretty small. At one point we were two adults, one baby, two dogs, and frequently visited by guests all under this little roof. Currently it’s just my kiddo, my two dogs, and me. Life presented some severe challenges, and my house slowly filled to the brim with a mountain of junk! How on earth did a tiny house lover become a borderline hoarder?? To be continued… 🙂

 

 

Hey strangers!

I’m baaaaaaack!

Well, sort of. Life has been a crazy ride the last couple years but I’m finally at a point that I can get back into keeping up with my beloved tiny house blog. So what’s been going on? I bought a small house (on a foundation) and have been renovating that. Got married, had a kid, separated, and working full-time for a university.

The focus of this blog will always be on living small, but I do feel that it needs a new direction given the current status of my life. So stay tuned for whatever that ends up being! Hope everyone has been out there living it up!

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Tiny House Survey for Thesis

Hi everyone!

As you know, my thesis involved tiny houses and I have a soft spot for other tiny house educational projects. Here’s a survey for someone else’s thesis that I’d really encourage you to take to help her meet her participant goal. It’ll only take a few minutes and will have a big impact for her thesis. Thanks!

Take survey!

Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary

Good morning, tiny people! I had the recent honor of watching an advanced screener of a new tiny house film: Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary.

…Wow…

We tiny house lovers have a tendency to romanticize tiny house living, but you won’t find that in this film. Small is Beautiful takes us on a realistic journey into both the pros and cons of building and living tiny. Starting on the tiny journey is not just about the physical house, but also about the inner struggle with living with less and in less space. This film does a great job of showing these external and internal struggles. Beyond the turmoil is the freedom, peace, and simplicity gained by going tiny! You also get to meet people either building or already living tiny and learn about their experiences. I recommend that any tiny house newbie add this to their list of necessary resources. Not a tiny house newbie? It’s still well worth your time to watch.

You can watch the trailer for Small is Beautiful here, or preorder the film here.

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In case you’re wondering, this film has some similarities to the other film I saw, (TINY: A Story about Living Small) but is different enough that I highly recommend that you watch both.

Tiny House Name Registry

There’s a newer tiny house site on the block that I’d like to give a shout out to, because it’s a very interesting idea. The Tiny House Name Registry is a place to register your tiny house name (think of tiny house names like boat names, only likely less bizarre.) If you are planning a TH, already building one, or have a completed TH and want to name it, check out the Registry for existing names and to go in and “claim” your own! You can also add a few details about your tiny house and you’ll get your own little page on the website for others to see.

www.tinyhousenameregistry.com
Tiny House Name Registry

Tiny House Survey – NEW!

Hi everyone! You may remember the tiny house survey from about 2 years ago and I am excited to share a new and improved one with you. There are a few more questions and this version goes much more in-depth about lifestyles and life stages. It’s not just for people living in a tiny house, but also for those who are just in the dreaming phase. It’s even for those of you interested in nontraditional tiny houses like buses and yurts. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey so we can capture some amazing statistics on tiny house people.

Tiny Homes 2015 Calendar!

I am so happy to announce that we have a 2015 calendar featuring some beautiful tiny homes. You can get 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 14 (longer when it’s open on the wall of course) and I am excited to be able to look at each month’s photo(s) and daydream about the tiny house lifestyle. This is a great gift for that tiny house person in your life or even as a treat for yourself. The price is $17.99 + shipping for the smaller one and $27.99 for the larger one. You can buy them here: http://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/Tiny+House+Calendar-4263418873

This year we only have 2 sizes to offer, but if there is enough interest I will expand the options for the 2016 calendar. Also depending on how this year’s calendar sale goes, we’ll be able to spend more time on the next one to feature more gorgeous homes in the 2016 edition (and maybe even get a better quantity discount!).

Dream of Mortgage Freedom?

Do you dream of mortgage freedom? I sure do. Luckily the Tiny House Family offers an e-course called The Plan: Your Pathway to Mortgage-freedom. It’s a five-week online course designed to lead you through the process of redesigning your life so that you can live on your terms and not the terms of a mortgage. You’ll develop a plan (and put it in action!) based on your unique dreams, style, and life-situation, and you’ll find a community of supportive folks all in the same place as you—ready to make a change. This round starts September 20, so you’ll need to sign up soon as space is limited.

Hari and Karl plus their children are a wonderful example of living sustainably (in all senses of the word) in a small space. Their website is a great resource for tiny house living, especially when it comes to having children living in the tiny house with you! I recommend taking their course because they are living mortgage free in a tiny house AND building their own larger home.  Can you imagine being able to custom build your home and avoid a loan to do so?  Duh.

They’re a hop and skip away from me and I got to tour their amazing space on the Floyd Tiny House Tour.  You can see more pictures of their homestead here.

Tiny House Family Mortgage Free Living
Tiny House Family Mortgage Free Living

Tiny House Chat Podcasts

Macy Miller of minimotives and Ryan Mitchell of The Tiny Life and The Tiny House Conference have started a podcast about tiny houses!  I’m especially excited because Tiny r(E)volution is on hiatus, so now I can get a tiny podcast fix.

Tiny House Chat

There are 2 podcasts on the site right now.  The first is an introduction and the second is about tiny house codes.  Check ’em out!