We’re finally living in the Hollow…hooray!!

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We were getting close to the time we needed to move, and the yurt decking was still mid-flooring, so we needed a temporary solution…motel? Camper? Not really our style. So we came up with the perfect solution:

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This is the 12×16 cabin that will be our bathhouse (laundry, shower, composting toilet), so my ingenious hubby simply wired it with an outdoor plug for the generator, slapped up the recycled-material insulation and drywall and…voila! It’s a Tiny House! We even put up a coop for our hens attached.

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Five people in less than two hundred square feet? No problem. So far we’re loving it. We’ve got everything we need: a Tiny kitchen with our toaster oven (did you know you can even bake bread from scratch in these little things?), a hotplate (I’m mastering the one-pot meal! Think curries and stews), and the utility sink which will be a part of my laundry room. We run down to the state park every couple of days and fill up our water buckets (and shower!), and I can even do the dishes, with an empty bucket under the drain to catch the graywater, which then goes to water the plants outside our door!

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An all-purpose shelf for toys, books, homeschool stuff, etc:

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Our fancy dining room:

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And just enough room in the eventual ‘bathroom’ for a bunk bed, mattress, and dresser! I’ll say this: now that I’ve figured out how to downsize everyone’s clothes to fit in one drawr each…I don’t think I’ll ever go back! So much of what we think we ‘need’ is superfluous. Most aspects of Tiny living we’re finding simply take you down to the essentials. Help you to focus on what’s actually important. Mommy’s favorite part? In a Tiny House you can only make Tiny messes!

With the generator on only to cook and warm the place up in the mornings and evenings, and no television, the kids spend more time outdoors. Practicing their reading:

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Building ‘caterpillar houses’:

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And playing with the baby!

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If you need a quiet moment, you can always draw by lantern light:

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In the evenings after dinner we hike down to the lake…

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Take in the view, and remind ourselves why we’ve chosen this simple life…

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Where’s all our stuff? You ask. It’s in here!

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The other 12×16 building that will be our tool shed. I can’t tell you how freeing it feels to downsize all the ‘stuff’ of life into such a small space. Everything we own in the world is in here, even my washer and dryer! No room for anything superfluous.

Yesterday we took a much needed day off to explore the local hiking:

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Before we get back to work laying flooring and raising the yurt!

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