Bette Presley, of Arroyo Grande, was already living relatively small before she decided to go tiny.
She downsized from her Grandmothers’ Club mobile home park into her own Tumbleweed Tiny House of just 166 square feet.
Part of the goal, she says, is to save her five adult children from having to go through all of her belongings when she passes.
Even better, she hopes she can completely avoid having to go into a nursing home and instead, just stay in her beautiful Tumbleweed cabin.
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Since the clutter is now gone, she can enjoy nature, live simply, and enjoy her family more.
With a tiny house, there’s just not really that much maintenance anymore.
So it frees up a lot of time and resources for anything else you might want to do.
Sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately, it isn’t super easy or simple to get set up.
Building a tiny house is a lot of work, but it sure is worth it.
I’ve also covered how long it takes to build tiny here.
Before the big move to tiny Bette had been researching the lifestyle for 10 years by reading books, going to a workshop, and talking with other like-minded people about it.
The Small House Book by Jay Shafer was a big inspiration for her. Classic book!
She recently cleared most of her unwanted belongings from her previous mobile home which included getting rid of her:
- extra beds,
- large chairs,
- and more!
She still has a laptop, cell phone, and radio to entertain herself.
And, of course, her new tiny house has a kitchenette, mini refrigerator, bathroom, and A/C.
At just 8′ x 24′ it’s a truly tiny home. But inside you’ll still find a platform twin bed downstairs, plenty of built-in shelving for storage, and there’s even an upstairs sleeping loft with a queen bed for guests.
Since Bette is inspired not just by living simply but also to go off the grid, she will soon be adding enough solar panels to go completely off-grid.
Congratulation on your new found freedom, Bette! We’re really happy for you!
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