Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Tiny House Movement and Down-Sizing

It might sound funny, but my desire to watch shows about tiny houses came from a show named "Treehouse Masters" on Animal Planet While most people wanted the tree house as an extra, a few wanted them for guest houses or weekend camps, and one or two wanted them to live in year-round. They came complete with bathrooms and bedrooms/sleeping spaces. 

It seemed strange to me to become fascinated by them, because the first house I owned was only 768 square feet, which had five people living in it for 11 of the 12 years we lived in it. It probably had another 600 square feet of storage space, though. From there, we moved to a 2,400 square feet house, which seemed huge to me, but was small compared with the McMansions which were springing up in the state where we move into the house from. It had a lot less storage, but almost everything had a space to be, so storage was never a priority.

I currently live in a 660 square feet apartment with no internal storage but four 18 cubic feet storage sheds outside. I think the apartment and storage sheds are small. Until I watch the shows "Tiny House Nation" on FYI network or "Tiny House Hunters" and "Tiny House, Big Living" on HGTV. Then my apartment seems huge. 
Rubbermaid Vertical Storage Shed
Some of the focus of these tiny living shows is helping people realize how little space they will have for storage and the decisions made for ridding themselves of extras. They also show the creative ways to come up with extra storage, whether it be underneath the floor or underneath stairs. 

What these shows have taught me, though, is that I need to divest myself of a lot of "stuff." And that is what a lot of it is - stuff. Being a crafter, the majority of what I own is craft stuff - yarn, fabric, cross-stitch, and scrapbook supplies. I have not even picked up the cross-stitching in more than eight years. I have only created small photo albums in that time period and just a few of those. And none of the craft stuff is in any of the storage sheds, which means I am using way more room on housing materials to make more things out of than on the actual things I own.

Time for some major planning on how to rid myself of the extras. I printed out one of my Master To-Do Lists just for this project. Updates will be coming.



UPDATE: I tried to find a photo of a staircase like this when I first wrote this post. I just love the way this staircase makes the best use of space. I could not at the time, but here it is.

I did not even mention it before, because it did not seem right to talk about something and not be able to showcase it.