“I would live in a tiny house, but I can’t because of all my books.”
We’ve all heard the negativity on the internet. It isn’t just part of the tiny house community but all over there is an epidemic of individuals trolling websites on topics they couldn’t care less about to simply make comments about how that thing is the worst thing they’ve ever heard of. I think there is something about the anonymity that the internet provides that makes people bolder than they would otherwise be.
I believe the tiny house community is all about positivity. People can give our choices political assignment even when no political motives are present. People can write us off as those crazy folks who live a little weird. That is fine; but dealing with internet comments is part and parcel of blogging the tiny life. So, how do we deal with them?
Moderating comments. If you have a blog, it is never a bad idea to moderate comments. Not only will this eliminate the spam messages with random links, but will also allow you to control the message of your blog. I don’t post anything that is abusive. I do post things that might be construed as negative and use them as conversation starters.
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Now on the horizon is a 12-year-old who goes by the name of La Petite online. In her blog, Tiny Maison, she’s already begun to share her knowledge and passion for building.
In one of her recent YouTube videos, which you can watch below, she’s laid out the possible floor plan for her house inside her living room using tape. By the way, this is a great way to tour get a feel for a tiny house without having to travel very far.
Right now La Petite is in the process of creating blueprints and ideas for her house and by March of 2013 she plans on having acquired her materials and having started the construction process.
So far she’s already acquired some reclaimed building materials like her bathroom door, front door, and some windows. And she’s sketched out some of her design ideas which I’ll share with you in this post.
I hate clutter with a fiery passion. Every time I visit my in-laws’ home I cringe and try to subdue the urge to straighten and purge. Worse, according to my husband, is when I get home and try to start donating and tossing things around our own- already minimalist- home.
You see, every visit sparks a fear that one day our home will be overrun with useless knick-knacks, long forgotten children’s toys, and other junk. Many of my friends ask me for advice on clearing clutter from their own home, so I’ve decided to write down my best general advice and put it out into the world.
Have a Storage Unit
You need a dedicated space to store valuable, but infrequently, used items. If you don’t have a basement or spare space in the garage you will probably need a storage unit. When utilized properly, storage units will be invaluable. When utilized poorly, however, it will just be an expensive junk room you have to travel to.
Financing and insuring these little homes on trailers and how they value or devalue over time
How to design with community in mind so resources are best used
How to tow a tiny house safely and where and how to find a legitimate place to park and live in one
How composting toilets work
How to plumb these homes, get water, and what to do with waste
How to figure out electricity for these little houses
The workshop will cover much more including how to adapt to the tiny house lifestyle since you’ll most likely be using smaller appliances, different types of water systems, and maybe even off-grid living.
This class gives you a chance to meet with other people who are also interested in living tiny plus you’ll also get to hear from other seasoned tiny house enthusiasts.
That’s right- Shane and Carrie were on national television just the other day giving America a tour of their tiny house.
If you missed it you can watch their segment right here on Tiny House Talk. Not very long ago Shane and Carrie decided to design and build their own mortgage-free dream house.
It’s modern, sleek, and precisely created for their own needs. It’s unique relative to most other little houses out there because it was built on a gooseneck trailer which is similar to a 5th wheel travel trailer.
This allowed them to create an extra spacious sleeping area as opposed to the upstairs sleeping lofts that can sometimes feel cramped for some.
Photo Credits Clothesline Tiny Homes
I encourage you to watch the HLNTV tiny house video tour below: