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:

Mattress on the floor
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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What a wonderful tour that was!  I hope those of you who missed it will consider taking the tour next year if they do it again.  I took some exterior photos but interior photography was not allowed due to the homeowners’ privacy (yeah I’d hate people taking pictures of my laundry and random house stuff too).  Enjoy!

The Berzins’ Tiny House on a Trailer (www.tinyhousefamily.com)

Christy & Ricardo’s Tiny House on a Foundation

Jim Knapp’s Tiny House on a Mobile Home Trailer with a Giant Deck

The Ohland’s Tiny House on a Foundation

Kat Johnson’s Tiny House on a Foundation at Riverstone Organic Farm

Yurt at Riverstone Organic Farm