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    Hopeful One is offline Blessed are the cracked for they are the ones who let in the light
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    A Tiny House: Could You Live Here?

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/coul...made-the-move/

    I don't think I could do it but it's pretty admirable. They can't be very materialistic, that's for sure! A minimalist life is probably a much simpler life.

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    Wow I wish I could but I could never part with all of my pets. I doubt all of us would even fit in that amount of space. I'm used to my wide open spaces but agree that it is very admirable to be able to do that.

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    I wish I did live there-how easy it would be to care for. My house is old, needs work, depresses me to look around at the rooms, so much to be done...all I want is a nice clean apartment or little bitty house, as long as I can bring my kitty cat (oh and husband.)
    Just my opinion, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cluciano63 View Post
    I wish I did live there-how easy it would be to care for. My house is old, needs work, depresses me to look around at the rooms, so much to be done...all I want is a nice clean apartment or little bitty house, as long as I can bring my kitty cat (oh and husband.)
    (oh and husband) lol

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    I've lived in smaller campers for extended periods of time, so I think I could do it again. However, the DH could not.

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    I lived in a 5000 sq. ft. house for 15 years with my husband. We raised 14 children there. We had three living rooms, a 20 x 20 ft. dining room, 7 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2 laundries, 2 offices, mudroom, play room, a pantry the size of most living rooms and huge central hall. Our professional stove was close to the size of a Buick. We designed and built it ourselves and it was built in true Craftsman style as my husband builds "period appropriate" homes. It wasn't a derivative style, it actually had the plaster walls and all the vintage fittings. I still remember the day it was "officially" finished. A light went on in my head and it hit me, "Heckola, I've gotta clean this thing!!" Obviously 16 people needed a large home but my goodness, we spent so much time on just running a cleaning crew. We had hardwood floors and Marmoleum and it used to take my husband (I did NOT do floors) a good six hours to sweep and mop the floors once each week. I still remember that there were 59 doors and 76 windows. All needed cleaning. No more....

    I've spent the last 8 months alone in a motorhome in the woods. It's 26 ft. long and has about 25 sq. ft. of space where one can walk. The rest is taken up with a large bed and a table and two small benches. My storage cubbies are full of my precious books, yarn, French magazines, and art supplies. I live here alone (due to my seizures as I needed total quiet) except for 5 little rescue dogs. My husband comes out once a week to change my bed and clean and it takes him about 30 minutes. I LOVE IT!! It's my cozy nest. We sit in here and talk and have a glass of wine and it's absolutely perfect.

    In about two weeks I move into a newly built and tremendously pretty cottage which was built specifically for me by my husband (a true labor of love). It has 450 sq. ft. and seems humongous!! I'm actually a little worried about the size. My sweetie keeps telling me I'll deal. Plus I get a kitten out it. One has to have a kitten due to the mice, you know. Poor me. In about three years, when our last child is grown, my husband will move back in with me and we have plans to build on a bedroom but that's it. There's simply no need for more.

    I have become very interested in the small house movement and have read just about every book out there. It's all about prioritizing, setting up systems, and planning multi-use space. Interestingly enough, my husband and his partner--our eldest son--are now building small houses for backyards.

    There's nothing at all like it. I'm a convert.

    Concerning husbands needing more space, we do have a large barn and shop on the property. He's got his "area" but as for the house, it's staying small and cosy.

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    I love it. When I was a single mom I had a studio apt that was t-i-n-y. We have a home now that (we rent, we don't own because of moving for husband's career) and it's right at or over 2000 sq. ft. I can't keep up and I don't work right now. This thing is a monster to keep clean and organized!

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    well, bless their hearts but I would probably be on trial for murder if I lived in that small of a place

    obviously I could do it short-term if I had to but I need space - lots of it - or I about lose my mind

    I'm glad though that there seems to be a downsizing movement ... that's probably a good thing for society

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    My daughter and I live in a fairly small studio apartment, I realized even though she had her own room, she always slept with me. During the day we were always in the same room downstairs, so when I needed to lower my costs and started looking this was a perfect solution for us.

    We're not far from the coolest park imaginable, and .4 miles from the beach. We had to get rid of a lot of crap, and that's what it was just stuff. I still struggle with paperwork with my business and arts and crafts are a storage nightmare. Other than that we do pretty well with our space.

    I miss the dishwasher, and I miss a stove - but since I figured out that you can in fact boil eggs in a crockpot, there's not anything I can't fix in the oven or crock.

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    By myself, yes, forever - if it was on a big secluded lot. With my SO, not for more than a weekend! We've talked about how, on my own, I could happily live in a teensy trailer forever. Our house is small anyway- a little 70's rancher, but it is still equal about 4 of these tiny homes. I have a big dog, but he's never more than 3 feet from me, so he doesn't need much space inside. And my cats are so lazy they're basically furniture.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopeful One View Post
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/coul...made-the-move/

    I don't think I could do it but it's pretty admirable. They can't be very materialistic, that's for sure! A minimalist life is probably a much simpler life.
    Yes, I could live in the tiny house. I have lived on a sailboat and have lived in a motorhome for extended periods and felt very comfortable.

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    http://katrinacottagehousing.org/purchase.html

    I fell in love with the small cottages built for the people who lost their homes due to Hurricane Katrina, in and around New Orleans.

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    I am the total opposite of a claustrophobic.....the smaller the space, the better I like it....this might be my dream home!

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    They are survivors and we need a lot more people like them around. If you can let go of all the things you put in your closets, pantry's, garage,shed and never use and just get rid of it guess what you don't need much space. Good for them and their son seems well adjusted also. You do what you gotta do and I wish them all the luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie09 View Post
    My daughter and I live in a fairly small studio apartment, I realized even though she had her own room, she always slept with me. During the day we were always in the same room downstairs, so when I needed to lower my costs and started looking this was a perfect solution for us.

    We're not far from the coolest park imaginable, and .4 miles from the beach. We had to get rid of a lot of crap, and that's what it was just stuff. I still struggle with paperwork with my business and arts and crafts are a storage nightmare. Other than that we do pretty well with our space.

    I miss the dishwasher, and I miss a stove - but since I figured out that you can in fact boil eggs in a crockpot, there's not anything I can't fix in the oven or crock.
    Wow, eggs in a crock pot? Good for you! My husband and I moved from almost 4,000 sf to a 950 sf "cottage" in the country. We have lots of land and a large outdoor screened patio, but inside is pretty tiny. I do wish we had a second bath and another bedroom, but I do love how easy it is to keep clean, the payments allow us to live comfortably, and our electric bill is very affordable, even in the FL summers we can keep the AC on about 72 (hubby likes it cold, not me. Lol, I have to shed the sweats every time I go out to the pool.) Definitely has its pluses but it's not at all convenient for having guests.

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