tiny house


  • Reply James June 7, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Dear Lauren,

    As a person living in a tiny house on wheels, I have to take exception to… Just kidding. Your article is HILARIOUS. And I have answers!

    I love living in my fancy THOW. Although, I don’t know if I’d call it “fancy.” (Okay, it is.)

    I have never felt I’ve made a terrible mistake in taking this (ironically) huge leap. Okay, once. When I first moved in, my cats gave me a look like “Seriously? Really?”

    My ceiling is 4’ above me, not 4”. (I actually measured it just for you!)

    Although my kitchen sink does not also double as my shower, part of the fun of tiny living is finding multiple functions for items in your home. There are no problems, just creative solutions. Think out of the box. Limits exist only in your mind. Hang in there.

    Mexican farts: Blame it on the cats.

    Some would say that hopping off of the hedonic treadmill is the ultimate escape. (It was for me.) As far as running away, I go kayak on the lake outside my front door. Oh, wait. That’s the Florida version of a forest. Okay, I’ll give you that one.

    I have less shit. And, I am a master at creative storage solutions. Former Navy man. I know how to fit a lot in a small space.

    I have all my clothing. Play clothes, work clothes, suits, and even a tux. I know, right? (Fancy-pants!) Overalls and Birkenstocks? Uh… no.

    I have more than one towel.

    I have a washer/dryer. I am a tiny houser who must have his modern conveniences. I have a full media center with a 52” flat screen. (I kinda have “tiny house shame” on that one.) Suffice to say, it’s not all braids and bandanas.

    Ah, whimsy. I described my tiny life as whimsical just last night. (I’m really that annoying.)

    My home is really that clean all the time. (It’s a sickness.) A full, deep clean of the house takes 20 minutes. More time on the lake! Not to mention writing this response.

    And, yes, I have a tiny sofa with multiple functions: full size guest bed, storage, kitty litter box, chaise lounge (to watch Netflix on my entertainment center) and landing pad for my boy cat. It’s how he gets down from the loft.

    I don’t own an antique book. But I should.

    I do want to get a 45-inch single of the Tennessee Ernie Ford song “Sixteen Tons” and frame it. I named my TH “The Company Store” as an ironic nod to how I broke my cycle of debt. I don’t have any. I think that would count as my “antique item.”

    I’ve been meaning to frame that photo of me laughing in front of my THOW.

    I’m single. Living in a TH is a great screener for potential partners.

    I live alone. I’ll give you that sexy time would be difficult with kiddos. And, oh yeah. “Ew.”

    Where IS that bed?! (My cats would find common ground with the dog.)

    Everyone wants to visit me and stay in my tiny house. When I told my family and friends that I was going to chuck everything and live in a tiny house, they were like, “You’re freakin’ nuts. Makes perfect sense.”

    My house and me will outrun the Zombieapocalypse. (The wheels thing.)

    Oh… You just gave me an idea! I could have “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies” as my display book! Would that count as an antique though? Probably not. Damnit!

    You must own a lot of cooking pans.

    Hey, some of my best friends are named Petal.

    I do. I really do. I want to live my life as a Wes Anderson character.

    I have privacy. I have blinds, with fancy, antique ladder tape.

    Lauren, I hope this answers your questions. I really loved your article. I try to find humor in my tiny life everyday. I think those of us in the movement can sometimes take ourselves too seriously. You really nailed tiny housers. So much so that I think you should join us.

    Facebook: The Company Store on Wheels

  • Reply Jess July 17, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    LOVED IT!! Made me laugh out loud. I haven’t gotten beyond my fantasy of living in a tiny house, but my new girlfriend and I are moving toward that actuality. Yes I worry about how I’m going to fit my stuff in there – because, no I cannot live with just one pair of jeans and two t-shirts. But I was homeless for a while and I will probably never again make enough money to actually live in a real house so this seems like a great option. Hey, if I hate it I’ll sell it, right?

    James, I also LOVED your comment. I’m gonna go look up your FB page now.

    – Jess

  • Reply TnyHmLuvr April 13, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Lose your job and your home and all the belongings in it–(and you’d fully get the tiny home concept)–I get it because it happened to me! So I dream of moving to less expensive,less luxury and more simplicity–I am single,a 52 year old female–with no college degree! In today’s world finding a better job more than the $11 rate I make now, is impossible,wanting Mon-Fri first shift.

    House/condo pricing just keeps rising-daily. And,yes, my family thinks Im crazy–neither have they been through what I went through. They all live in large ranches–and when you walk in it looks like a page out of a magazine !Yes, all very nice homes,look lovely. To keep something as such,being single with no college degree–Id have to work till Im 10 toes up! No thank you!At some point I want to retire and enjoy life and at the same time living in a tiny save $ for my future–because you see,all the luxury is just that-luxury-not necessity.I am just like you– want a tiny home so bad I can taste it……….and yes your article did make me laugh-I can deal with my own farts in a small space ! 🙂

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