Tiny House Rules

 

Okay… so Bertha has some rules for living in a tiny house… and many of them apply to any house… so feel free to read on even if you have more than 400 square feet of living space…

If you get something new… you have to let go of something… you know… hard as it is… I pretty much live by this one… I have a par level of sorts for things like clothes and shoes… so… new sweater in… old sweater out… Bertha does cry when we have to let the shoes go… but that’s another blog…

If you don’t love it… don’t bring it home… this goes along with the first rule… do I love this trinket enough to pass something on… and often it comes down to… what do I love most… because I love them both… so I do keep one pair of big girl panties… for making difficult decisions…

If you haven’t used it in six months… let it go… now this doesn’t apply to seasonal things… but in general… this is also good for those things you don’t use but think you just can’t get rid of… box them up… if you don’t miss them in six months… donate them… another trick is to take pictures of things before you let them go…

If you get it out… put it up… things get cluttered very quickly in a small space… and… sometimes… you look at that empty space and think you can buy something else to put there… which brings you to what will you give up…

If you pass gas… everyone smells it… in other words… be considerate… when sharing a small space with others…

Try something for a while before you decide it can’t work… I have to admit that I have been guilty of thinking I had found the perfect solution… taken the tags off… used it a couple of days… then passed it on… and got a different perfect solution… Bertha says if I’d given it more time I might have adjusted and saved some money…

Donate… Donate… Donateor sell… or give to a friend… just try to keep your discards out of the landfill… when at all possible…

Surround yourself with things you really love… this one sort of sums up and overlaps with several of the other ones… but when you love everything around you… you have less need to buy more… and you just love the space you are in…

Jane

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Take Time to Smell the Litterbox

I live in a tiny house with two 25-inch closets in my bedroom… one for clothes and one for utility stuff… other than my kitchen and bathroom cabinets… that’s all of my storage.

As you might imagine… I have spent countless hours arranging and rearranging my stuff to make it fit… it’s to the point that when I needed to do some caulking… I wouldn’t buy a caulk gun… because… where would I keep it after I used it… so I bought a little squirt tube instead… haven’t used it yet… hope it works and there isn’t any left-over… because… where would I put it..

So… I finally had my utility closet just the way I wanted it… it worked… and my little suitcase just fit under the bottom shelf… ready to grab at a moment’s notice… life was good…

Then… I temporarily lost my mind… and decided… I needed kittens… yes… plural… two little two-pounders… and so began the saga… where to put the litterbox… and the cat food… and all the things that it takes to care for meowing fluff balls…

Of course… the litterbox was the most troublesome… I tried putting it in the tiny bathroom… I couldn’t sit on the toilet without turning sideways… and my constitution didn’t work sideways… I tried putting it near my chair in the living area… but I could smell it… I tried changing litter brands which helped but didn’t fix the problem… I tried putting it near the front door in the living area… not only was it an eyesore… although it is covered… I could still smell it some…

And all this time… I knew… that the utility closet was the perfect place to keep it… there was room for the box… there was room for the scoop… there was room for the extra jug of litter… there was a shelf for the cat food… it would be the perfect spot… except… I would have to move some things around… including taking the suitcase to the loft… and I didn’t want to…

Well… Bertha let me smell the litterbox for a while… she walked around with a clothespin on her nose… until finally she couldn’t stand it and reminded me of a lesson, I learned a while back… when one thing changes… everything changes… change never takes place in a vacuum… I couldn’t expect to add kittens to a tiny house without making adjustments…

Then she reminded me of… my priorities… creating a space that is functional… calm… and pleasant… one that I love being in… one that doesn’t create excess…

So… what would it be… stressing over and smelling the litterbox every day… while the suitcase just hung out in closet… or climbing the steps to grab the suitcase when I occasionally wanted to go somewhere…

Well… you know the end of the story so I will save my words…

Jane

 

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