There is Reason to Report on the Small House Movement, or My Math is Better Than Your Math

Ah, here I am again, blog­ging about the tiny/small house move­ment in an effort to try to explain it to some­one who obvi­ously will never get it.

I ran across an arti­cle yes­ter­day on Housing Wire, intel­li­gently enti­tled, “Nope, Tiny Houses are not the Next Big Thing: Sorry man – size mat­ters.”

In the arti­cle, author Trey Garrison lam­basts jour­nal­ists for not being good with num­bers. He goes on with his argu­ment that the media cov­er­age on the tiny/small house move­ment is unwar­ranted because the sta­tis­tics show that homes are, in fact, get­ting bigger.

He then goes on by tak­ing barbs at tiny house dwellers as “a few hip­sters and other assorted folks who make bad decisions.”

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Finding Stuff we Forgot we Even Have

Posted October 14th, 2014 by kerri and filed in small house living
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Cleaning the clut­ter from a home, garage, base­ment, attic or stor­age area has many ben­e­fits, includ­ing rid­ding our lives of the unnecessary.

Last week, I wrote about clean­ing out our clos­ets and the laundry/pantry area off our kitchen and just feel­ing like we had so much more space.

The other main ben­e­fit, of course, is find­ing things you don’t even remem­ber you have.

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We Have Added More Space at Our Little House

This is the top of the pantry/laundry room (see floor­plan on this site). We store needed kitchen appli­ances and hang coats in this area.


Ha! Gotcha. No, we’re not aban­don­ing small house liv­ing and didn’t add on, but when com­pletely clean­ing out pantries and clos­ets, it does feel as though we’ve added space to Our Little House.

I am a ter­ri­ble orga­nizer and clean­ing is the last thing I like to do. I do rotate the clos­ets every sea­son so we have in-season clothes, but quite hon­estly, I don’t think in the 17 years we lived in our other house, I ever actu­ally com­pletely cleaned out a closet until we moved. We had plenty of extra room and stor­age space, so we just kept adding to it.

That’s why liv­ing in a lit­tle house is good for peo­ple like me. There aren’t 2 extra bed­room clos­ets, a coun­try kitchen full of cab­i­net space and a huge stor­age closet under the stairs in which to pile what is mostly just unneeded crap.

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Our Little House Peach Dump Cake

As we’ve got­ten older, desserts are some­thing I don’t make a lot of anymore.

This past week­end, we had planned one of our best Sunday din­ners, beer butt chicken with potato salad and my mom’s baked bean recipe.

I recently con­sulted with my doc­tor, who fol­lows a 90% vegan diet as I do, and he advised me that I need a lit­tle more pro­tein and B12 in my diet other than the once a week fish I’ve been eating.

This made Dale, who left veg­e­tar­i­an­ism behind after a few months, extremely happy. I bought a free-range, organic bird from a local farmer at our town’s nat­ural food store. Next week, the left­overs will make some deli­cious chicken enchiladas.

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