Month: September 2010

End clutter in 10 steps

I was raised that there is a place for everything and everything in its place. My momma raised us to put things back where we got them from. So for all of my life I have felt that clutter is the devils playground almost. It is where we lose things including our personal sanity. If I lived in clutter I would go mad. My life would be non-stop questions. Where is the internet USB? Where is my wallet? Where is the life that late I led? I find that those who do live in clutter are constantly saying things like “But it’s my mess and I know where everythings.” Yet they rarely do. So through observation and some thought about my life through the years I have come up with 10 steps to end the clutter in an effort to live a more minimal lifestyle. When you buy, say goodbye! – The other day Crystal and I bought her a new pair of shoes; 5 Fingers by Vibram. I didn’t mind because she had been weight the purchase for more than a month. What I did insist on though is that she get rid of one pair of shoes (preferably the oldest pair she has) in order to make room for the new ones. I did NOT marry Imelda Marcos. If you just buy and never say goodbye you...

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Heating the Tiny House

´╗┐As Crystal and I have stuck primarily to the southeast region during our last 3 weeks of living on the road we haven’t experienced a great deal of cold or even cool weather. However, without fail the temperature drops quite a few degrees around midnight each night and with our “windows” open the screens allow quite a cross-breeze to cuddle us at night. By morning we are wrapped in a sheet, a blanket, and sometimes with a quilt casually tossed over us. Because of such temperature changes and because it is only late September I am curious now as to just how we will properly heat our Tiny Home to deal with winter weather on a largely wooded (and thereby shaded) lot. Clearly central heat is not an option as it would create far too much heat for the 198 square feet. Likewise it is not the most environmentally friendly option in our opinion and would keep us anchored quite firmly to the ground and the power grid. A wood stove (while being the most nostalgic and seemingly authentic option considering the style of the house) is probably a bit overwhelming for the space as well and would require a pretty fast depletion of the wood around us. So what then are our options? We could further explore wood but add to it propane, gas, and even some electric...

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Less is Less

I met a wonderful *new* blogger on the Interwebs last night named Dusti. She writes over at Minimalist Adventures and she has a wonderfully conscious, grounded, and encouraging blog and lifestyle. I could hardly believe she had gained such insight at only 22 years old. Proves yet again that age is little more than a number. As we exchanged emails and I told her a little about the r(E)volution I found myself summing up what I was really trying here. I am not just looking to build a tiny house and live in it for a year all the while documenting the successes, failures, victories, and shortcomings. I am slowly – day by day – changing my take on life and finding that delicate balance between need and want; necessary and frivolous. The very ideas are often what takes us from a sense of freedom to a overwhelming sense of slavery. What about you? Are you a slave to anything? Is AMEX and Visa your shackles of choice? What about that sale over at the Target? Does it have bound and gagged, perhaps beaten senseless by consumption? Or maybe you choose to be victim of something bigger; a gas-guzzling SUV that has room for 4 more people than you will ever chauffeur. Whatever the case, I, too, live in a glass house and I am not gonna pick up...

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Does a Tiny House need a tiny porch?

“Nobody thought much about the front porch when most Americans had them and used them. The great American front porch was just there, open and sociable, an unassigned part of the house that belonged to everyone and no one, a place for family and friends to pass the time.” –Rochlin, The Front Porch, in Home, Sweet Home A Brief History The word “porch” originally derives from the latin word porticus, or the greek word portico, both of which signify the columned entry to a Classical temple. As history unfolded and the Middle Ages arrived, the porch came to represent a cathedral’s vestibule, where worshippers could gather to socialize before and after the service. By Victorian times, the word “porch” became interchangeably used with the words “veranda,” “piazza,” “loggia,” and “portico,” each of which could connote individual meanings. From this period until the second half of the nineteenth century, the word “porch” itself most often described a small, enclosed vestibule or covered rear entrance. Byt the end of the nineteenth century, the word “porch” began to represent its present meaning – a roofed, but incompletely walled living area contiguously attached to the frame of a house. Generally, in America, this area would be found attached to the front of a house, offering a covered and shaded area for an array of uses. Having grown up in the South both Crystal...

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Finding a parking spot for your Tiny House

Since Thursday afternoon we have been in Pink Hill, North Carolina visiting with Crystal’s family and taking a tour of our future homestead. No, we have no fancy name for it yet and we don’t even know what our true intention for the square feet are. But it was pretty much all the excitement we could handle just seeing the plot and walking it foot by foot. At 1 acre (or 4,840 square yards or 43,560 square feet) the land is perfect for us and the Tiny House and with an empty plot next to it, perhaps a perfect starting point for our new homestead. The lot, as it stands now, is wooded and will need ample clearing. But towards the middle is a clearing that seems to be calling out for our Tiny House. After walking into the thick we started to realize where this could go, where that would work, what might grow here, and how that would definitely grow there. Although I didn’t vocalize my excitement too much it was a great step forward for us and yet another encouraging sign that we were moving in the right direction. We do know we don’t want to strip the lot but rather clear out a little more of the middle in order to plant the homestead. We want to replace some of the native trees with some...

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