Showing posts with label Downsizing articles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Downsizing articles. Show all posts

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The risk of tiny houses

California woman’s tiny home stolen
SACRAMENTO, Oct. 12 (UPI) — A California woman was shocked when she return from walking her dog to find that thieves had driven off with her home.
Malinda Crichton returned from her walk to find her 13-feet tall by 33-feet long by 8-feet wide “tiny home” had disappeared, according to KCRA.
“I let my little dog out, and I was totally shocked because my house was gone,” she said.
Crichton became even more worried when calls to her landlord and local towing agencies produced no information about the location of her home.
“I was like, ‘Oh God, this is serious.’ I don’t know who did this. I have no idea. So that’s when it got scary,” she said.
Crichton eventually contacted West Sacramento Police Department, who were baffled by the odd case of theft.
“I’ve never heard of a tiny home theft until now,” Sgt. Roger Kinney said. “Certainly with house prices going up we’re hoping that this trend doesn’t also go up.”
After asking around Crichton, eventually learned from a neighbor that her home had turned up near a local market.
“I don’t know if whoever stole it didn’t have a big enough truck,” she said. “I don’t know if they were drunk and a few blocks away were like, ‘Wait, this actually isn’t a good idea.’ How do you hide a tiny house?”
Crichton spent about $40,000 on the home since she began constructing it in August 2013 and told FOX 40 it would cost about $50,000 by the time it was complete.
“This is for me to live in so that I don’t have to worry about rent. I don’t have to worry about mortgage. I’m a singer and a musician, so this is going to allow me to follow my passions,” she said.
Police are still investigating who was responsible for stealing Crichton’s home.

Monday, January 11, 2016

My space is small. My life is big.

I am reborn in small house living after reading the article by Graham Hill.
He transformed from being very wealthy and accumulating, to one who lives in 420 sq feet.

Anyone who would like to read the article called, "living with less. A lot less. read it here.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Free for the taking

The following is a collection of items I found under the free section of Craigslist:

A little bit of snow won't hurt these patent leather shoes:


































A few more legs and either of these chairs will work fine:




















Blame Pinterest on this clothespin lampshade:






























Personal ad for an anemone:

Friday, August 28, 2015

So little. So much.

In the middle of work an email pops up with an update from the open road crew. I swiped through the photos and stopped at this one. Everything seems to be aligned in their universe. From the perfect vantage point to see the sun set to the child returning back from exploring. Everything for a family of four is in that van. Everything.

The quote that goes along with the photo:
A dream is not just a want, it is something worked towards, focused on and fed the nourishment to grow and thrive.  Dreams are made reality by doing, not wishing. What are your dreams? Have you outlined how you can make them come true? Have you worked towards that goal today?  They will remain a want unless you set them into motion."
family of four explores world in a van

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Share shop brings life to unused items

Usually things that clutter up my space are sent to the donation center to find the person who "needs" it.  Perhaps if I lived in the UK, I could drop it by the new "Share Shop" designed to connect little used items to those who temporarily need them.

They quote in this article that the average electric drill is only used 15 minutes in a lifetime.

Great idea and a sustainable one too

There is a similar online borrowing service in the UK called borroclub.



Saturday, July 11, 2015

Have I ever regret moving to a small house?

This funny post from Lauren on Hipstercrite voices the concerns of how one lives in a small space,

The answer to the question she poses, "Do you ever feel like you made a mistake?", is no. I don't regret it a bit. Her questions are directed to those in 250 sq ft, so my mansion of 950sq ft is not as confining.

Lauren asks good questons like:

Is there enough privacy?

With both our work desks in the same room and an arm's length apart, I will leave that room at night so that my rap music doesn't mix with his 80's punk. There can be too much togetherness.


Where do you put everything?

We each have one towel and a set of bedding.  Unlike the micro houses, we have a washer and dryer. A tiny river does sound inviting tho.

Here is my favorite part of her post:


"I f’ing love the idea of downsizing and living a “simple life,” but seriously, where do you put your shit? You still have some clothing and shoes and towels and all that jazz, right? Or do you just wear overalls now? Overalls and Birkenstocks and one towel that you share with your entire family. Where do you wash that towel, hmm? Do you have a tiny river that runs behind your tiny house? I bet you do. I bet your whole Goddamn property is whimsical."

This article is just hilarious--you gotta read it. 
Bravo Lauren.

So far my only pet peeve is that the silverware drawer hits the towel rack so it can only slide out halfway.
I can live with that.





Thursday, April 9, 2015

24 hour Bazaar

Go ahead and ask me,"what do you want to be when you grow up and what is your American Dream?"

"I want to be this woman on top of a mountain full of colorful homemade blankets traveling the globe with my family in an RV."

While getting lost in my car this weekend, Public Radio International had a story on this family that set out to go on a vacation for six monthes. They are now two years into their trip and have no plans of coming back for another five or so. I raced into the house to listen to the podcast about how they afford to do this lifestyle and manage a family in an RV.  

Enter the cool concept of the 24 hour bazaar. 
As they travel, they connect with local artists and sell their artwork on the our open road website.

Brilliant.

Read their whole story here or listen to the podcast below.

a family travels the globe selling local artists works

































Wednesday, April 1, 2015

You are what you do

"We consume experiences directly with other people," says Gilovich. "And after they're gone, they're part of the stories that we tell to one another."

Another good reason to plan an adventure soon....my donation is on the curb as I write this.

Read full article on "the science of why you should spend your money on experiences, not things.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Downsizing is a phase? What?

A post from Country Living surveyed only 2000 people to determine that downsizing is just a trend with 43% saying they wanted larger homes.
The post claimed retirees need more room for the activities they are engaged in?
How does four bathrooms help with that?

Check these McMansions out in China:
























Photo found here.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Let White Trash haul your stash

Our neighbor across the street is removing the final bits of stuff from their sold house.

Another file cabinet hits the dust:

A catchy hauling company named White Trash can come and remove all the things you don't need and may have never needed. Their facebook page is not short of key words,that's for sure:
 
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wanted: land for a small house

I have been on craigslist a lot lately looking for a tiny table or seeing if anything we remove from our small house has value.  Over the weekend I wanted to see what people were searching for in the wanted section.

Imagine my surprise when I saw the first listing amongst gold, speedos, a camaro and some potato equipment.




















I'm so tempted to meet this person...maybe I could shadow their construction.

Friday, January 9, 2015

There is a correlation between how much is on your fridge and how much clutter you own.

It is the New Year, I get it.
Lots of the same posts about decluttering and reducing the things in our home.
This refreshing post actually links the amount of possessions we own to the amount of depression we feel.

My favorite suggestion was to return to the time when only a wedding photo was honored on the wall. Just one shot on the wall...which would it be?

How did we get to this point where we need so store a fake tree?






and when did we ever think a lamp like this was attractive?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The neighborhood is better when we are cohousing together

The idea that a group of people all share the power sprayer is very attractive to me.
How we still have four shovels and only two people to use them is a reality in our garage.
Portland proves to be forward thinking with having a small house solution called cohousing.
co-housing development in Portland


























After reading the post. Cohousing: living large in small houses from Small House Bliss, it made me feel like there is room for who-ville inspired plots where common areas and space is shared.
colorful houses in co-housing in portland
























Why can' everyone share a small garden and solve world problems picking weeds?
community garden in co housing development

























The above photos are from a project called Ruth's gardens. This real neighborhood houses a variety of residents from singles, families and even senior citizens. They share a few meals each week and have work parties to get projects done in common areas.

I bet there would be a community dog, a Bassett Hound named Harriet who would be the security system and would gallop around from house to house basking in the sun.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Minnesota millionaire lottery winner couple

This past Saturday, Joe bought a lottery ticket like he does everyday.
This time he won big....11.7 million dollars.

The Star Tribune reported that the middle aged couple were confident their life won't change much and that they felt they could carry on with the same standard of living.

When asked if they would be buying a large house, they replied that they actually were talking about downsizing.

So just for fun, lets pretend I won the lottery and could on choose from the houses I pin on my pinterest board...which one would I pick?

Built in Oregon, this 700 sq foot house is my favorite:




 I would buy two Bassett hounds to match the two dogs in the photos





Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wisdom from Wit & Delight

An article in the StarTribune led me to Kate Arends Peters...

which then led me to to her blog called Wit & Delight ...

which then led me to her article called "Minimalism: are we doing it wrong?"

Kate speaks to the process of reducing and how it is in that skill we learn about ourselves.
I want to remember Kate's wisdom as I teeter back and forth with my square footage future.

kate arends peters



Monday, August 4, 2014

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus explain how to live more deliberately with less.

Click this MPR podcast link to hear these two executives-turned-minimalists talk about their journey. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are the authors of the the website called The Minimalists

Here are the messages I wrote down from the podcast:


The memories aren't in THINGS-they are in US.

Hold on to a FEW sentimental things from people, and then you will grow to value them MORE.

Cutting back is not about DEPRIVING, it is about making things in your life HAVE MORE VALUE.

Ryan's tries to make decluttering fun by having a packing party.
-Box up everything in your space, even furniture.
-Unpack day by day over a few weeks to see what you are using.
-After 21 days he had only used 20 percent of the stuff...the rest was donated or sold.

Now the challenge.

Joshua and Ryan developed another method of decluttering called the Minimalism game.
Partner up with someone. At the beginning of month you both give up one item. Then the next day you get rid of two items, then three, then four..etc. Who ever goes the longest wins. If everyone gets through, then we have put a dent in all our stuff.

Who will team with me and play the minimalist game?
We start today with one thing (send me a quick photo each day..no names revealed) we play Monday- Friday and take a break on the weekend. I will add anyone's photo throughout the day. Lets end on item number 20 which would be September 1st (Labor Day)

Goodbye rocking chair.
Minimalism game



Goodbye fruit bowl turned cooling-down-pie-covering-net


Questionable freshness 

This was worth WAY more than 25 cents.
Do you think there are any secret messages in here?






Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Spur, Texas paves the way for small houses

With the demand for farm work declining and the fact Spur Texas has better retirement weather than Florida, it's no wonder the mayor declared this the "Tiny House Friendly Town".

Here is a glimpse of Spur, Texas from google map:





























By changing the city ordinance to allow small structures of any size, anyone can build to suit their tiny home desire.
Here is the official declaration.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A creative small home solution for the homeless

These are prototypes for living shelters in Slovakia for the homeless. 
The billboard space would provide a subsidy for the cost.
Creative homes for homeless






















Two bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom all fit inside.
interior of home for homeless



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