Monthly Archives: July 2016

Mobility

TGIF!  Hope you all have fun plans for this last weekend in July!  Can you believe it’s almost August already?  Where did summer go?  I’m very fortunate that I have a job in which I can be located anywhere during the summer months to work.  It’s taken me quite awhile to get to this point and I don’t take it for granted.  Luckily, I have been enjoying summer back in the Pacific Northwest where composting is common, mountains are high, and supporting local (whether that is food OR beverage) is the normal.  It’s been a great summer and like all good things, it must come to an end.  I would say one of the most frequently asked questions is, “Did you bring your tiny house?” and the answer is, unfortunately, no.  Let me explain….

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Grilling it.

Happy Thursday everyone!  Today’s topic is on cooking in the tiny house.  Now that I have a working stove I’m all about home cooked meals.  I belong to a CSA and receive 10 pounds of beef and pork – various cuts – once a month.  It’s a  great service because I’m not only helping out local farmers but all the meat is grass fed and organic (even though it’s not certified organic).   With all this meat, I have to cook at home as I just don’t have the freezer space to keep it.  Before I had a working stove I used a crock pot to make most of my meals.  Side note:  did you know you can bake cookies in a crock pot?!?!  Sure, it takes about 4+ hours but when you don’t have a working oven, you work with what you have.  Anyways, back to cooking in the tiny house….

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A dirty topic (cleaning the tiny house)

Howdy!  Today’s topic is a dirty one….literally! ha! I’m going to talk about cleaning the tiny house. A lot of people tell me it would be nice to live in a tiny house because cleaning would be breeze, well, it is, but (there’s always a but right?) I definitely have to clean more often than when I lived in a larger place.

Small floorplan = regularly cleaning
Small floorplan = regularly cleaning

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Other additions

In addition to adding a front porch/deck/stair area, I’m also interested in installing an awning above the front door.  This will make going in and out in the rain easier and give a little space to keep shoes so that I am not tracking dirt into the tiny house.  I have to sweep about every day because it’s hard to keep such a small space clean.  I even try to have dedicated indoor shoes and change into other ones when I have to go outside to eliminate the need to clean.  I struggle with this though as I often forget. I really need to work on doing this! Anyways, to help with this problem I would like to install an awning above the front door.

Front door needs an awning
Front door needs an awning

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Future additions

Welcome back!  Today I want to talk about some ideas I have for the front door of my tiny house.  I’m currently using the trailer supplied retractable RV style stairs.  While these are functional I would like a deck area immediately upon exiting the front door to utilize the exterior space better and make it more welcoming.  I would also like a covered area over and around the door to store shoes so that I don’t track dirt into the house.

The front door needs a make over to be more welcoming
The front door needs a make over to be more welcoming

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Capsule wardrobe – say what?

Hello!

Today, let’s discuss clothes storage.  Ever heard

garment pieces in a capsule wardrobe
sample of the garment pieces in a capsule wardrobe

of the capsule wardrobe?

 

I found this concept online so I can’t take any credit for it but it’s basically owning around 21 pieces of clothing which can be mixed and matched to create a different (although similar) outfit per day for a month.  Thus, reducing the amount of storage needed for clothing, the struggle of finding outfits to wear, and reduce purchasing mass quantities of clothing.  I found the concept on fashion blogs that focus on quality of garments and not quantity which aligns with a minamalistic lifestyle.   Most capsule wardrobes focus on 1 or 2 colors for the main pieces and then have accent pieces to compliment and switch up the outfit (similar to designing a room).

 

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To compost or not to compost – that was the (biggest) question

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Today we’re going to discuss sewer use in the tiny house.  Since my plan all along is to eventually be off-grid, after much debate and internet searching, I went with a composting toilet.  By using a composting toilet, I only have grey water sewage which will make it easier to go off grid in the future, specially since I already use earth friendly bio-degradable soap products. =)  Grey water is any waste water from cooking and cleaning such as laundry water, hand washing water, etc.

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High speed connection

Since I’m on the subject of discussing  what I get asked the most, I would say the second most common question – well besides laundry – is do I have internet.  And the answer is….yes!  I am fully connected via a mobile wifi hotspot.  Which I don’t know why I didn’t use this service before since I moved so much.  It’s so convenient and works great – plus I can take it anywhere.  I’m currently writing this up from a coffee shop.  Sure, they have free wifi but it’s really slow and hit and miss if I get to connect so I just take my hotspot with me and never worry about internet.

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