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5 Gifts For Tiny Housers

Out of all the things that comes up with tiny houses, the holidays might be the trickiest for tiny house folks.  Even after years of living tiny, people around me still feel the need to give gifts.  While it isn’t necessary, I appreciate gifts much more because people really have to think of a creative ways to gift without taking up space in my tiny house.

Today I wanted to share the top 5 gift ideas for tiny house folks.

If you are having trouble telling people what you want for the holidays, try sending them this post so they can get some ideas!

1. Experiences:

This is my absolute favorite gift to give and receive because it means that I can do something fun with that person that I care about.  It could be dinner out, tickets to an event or some other adventure.  I try to think of things that the person likes and often get two so that not only is it an awesome experience, but we can experience it together.

Gift idea: Use code  “tiny2013″ for $50 off tickets to the Tiny House Conference click here!

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2. Consumables

Next up is things that people can eat or use up.  Things that after a certain amount of use is are gone.  A perfect example of this is food items.  We are all busy and most of us like food, so making something or buying something that person likes is a great gift.  Think of things that are difficult to make or some other cause for it not being a regular thing.  Other things outside of food could be candles, eco friendly bath products, fire wood.

Gift Idea: a subscription to a CSA (community support agriculture).

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3. Help them pursue a dream

For those we care about, we want to see them succeed.  Find out some of things that the person is working towards in their goals.  Also learning about what is on people’s bucket list is another great way to get ideas of what you might be able to help them with their goals.  If people ask you for what you want, you can think of things that will help you achieve your goals.  The obvious thing here for this blog is how can you better achieve your goal of living in a tiny house?  Get a copy of your plans made up, get that resource you’ve been eying or what about getting some one on one coaching from us here?

Gift idea:  One on One coaching with the experts of The Tiny Life at our sister website – Tiny House Craftsman!

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4. Something you’re already going to buy anyway.

I do this a lot, since I don’t really need much, I don’t buy much either.  So when something comes up that I need to replace it or buy something new, I hold off and suggest it as a gift when others ask.  For example, I am in need of new shoes, have been for a month or so, but I’ve been holding off.  This way those who must have to give me a gift can and its something that I really need; Often something that will replace a worn out item.

Gift Idea: Shoes, socks, tires, etc.

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5. Digital or no tangible items.

Sometimes there are gifts that take up no space at all and can be used later on.   I’m thinking of gift cards, vouchers and digital downloads.  A gift card to your favorite restaurant takes up next to no space, but is a great way for you to still give or receive things when you are living tiny.  Other things could be itunes music, movies, or other media.

Gift Idea: Cracking The Code – Guide to building codes and zoning for tiny houses!

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The Hatch Cabin

This cozy cabin just reminds me of mountain vacation homes, with a simple appointments and a comfy rustic feel, sounds like a great place to get away!  This is actually a rental across the pond in Worcestershire.  Here is what their owner had to say about the house:

The Hatch Cabin is as eclectic as the Hatch is as a whole. Creatively and colorfully decorated by Ben and Nada with art, quirky objects, fabrics, rugs, big comfy bean bags and cushions for afternoon lounging, the odd musical instrument and fresh flowers from the garden, it’s a cozy and homely space. Perfect for a group of friends, for a family happy to just hang out, or even as a romantic retreat.

It’s all quite informal: the four bunks, double futon and all sorts of other sleeping scenarios make for a flexible escape – as one would expect at The Hatch. Even though it’s relatively close to the main house, it feels very private and peaceful. The views from its own little garden in the meadow are lovely. You’ll see tiny marsh tits in the morning, woodpeckers almost every day and owls in the evening.

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Tiny House Living: Security and Simplicity?

After Ryan’s post earlier this week, I got to thinking about sense of security. Living in a tiny house definitely decreases dependence on money but living the tiny life does not necessarily mean a life free of worries.

happinessBefore jumping in, I have to say that the completion of La Casita came at a time of great upheaval in the lives of my fiancee and I. Our rental had been foreclosed on, the bank had kicked us out, the tiny house was 3/4 done and we were essentially homeless. Luckily I had family in the greater Charleston area that took us in but it was a harsh reality for a couple of months. Since moving in to our house, life has been easier in terms of money but in terms of legal shelter there have been distinct challenges.

I guess my first question for someone thinking about a tiny house would be:zoning do you mind living in an illegal situation according to most zoning codes? If this doesn’t bother you then my second question would be: does possibly not having a home address, which can make acquiring a driver’s license, a post office box or your citizenship difficult, concern you?

These are some of the realities we’ve faced living in a tiny house. Without a home address, it is very difficult to get our driver’s licenses in Vermont. Without a home address my fiance can’t start his citizenship application and in Charleston I couldn’t get a po box without a street address. Not everyone has this issue when it comes to tiny living but it has been a constant for us since moving in to La Casita and I never considered this would be one of the issues I would face.

Having just moved to a new community in Vermont, we’re slowly meeting folks and people are incredibly nice and open to what we are doing but we’ve already had a town official contact us about living in the house and its questionable legality. In a town of 3800 people, it’s not going to take long for us to be noticed. In a city of 100,000 it was much easier to hide from zone enforcement although they would roll by in their truck about once a month. They never stopped and asked questions but the possibility was there and we knew it. La Casita was a “temporary studio space”  to anyone official who asked but it was fairly obvious we were living in it. Luckily, we planted it in the ghetto where cops and officials were more worried about busting drug dealing than some illegal zoning issue. Don’t get me wrong, I loved that neighborhood and living there was wonderful. We had great neighbors and no one ever messed with us but if we had parked anywhere else in the historic district of downtown Charleston, I’m certain we would have been forced to move.

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Goals

One thing that I have got away from is talking about more is life simplification and strategies to make life more focused on what is important.  A side note, I did two posts today, this and another (see below) more Tiny House geared.

One of the important things about wanting a simple life is to know what your goals are and focus on them.   A Tiny House can help with this as it removes a lot of extra stuff.  To achieve this, it means  at times, saying no to things that fall outside of those goals. I find it useful to actually write them down, I have a little book I keep on hand that I have several “big picture” things, the first of which is life goals.

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Today I wanted to ask this question.

If you died tomorrow, what would you wish you had done?

I will share my list, please feel free to list yours, it can be useful to hear people’s comments and suggestions about achieving them.  So here it goes, some are kinda odd, but if you read the most popular post of mine to date, Be Weird, you will understand.

  1. Learn to Sail, cross the Gulf of Mexico to see the Giant Stingray Migration of 100,000+ stingrays
  2. Learn to play the Banjo and Harmonica
  3. Take a vacation in Costa Rica for 6 months
  4. Write a book title: TBD
  5. Build a Dune Buggy from scratch
  6. Move into a Tiny House
  7. Build a Tear Drop trailer and go for a road trip
  8. Have a pet Capybara
  9. Grow my own food (vegetable and meat)
  10. Be with those I love

What are your goals?

Post your life goals in the comments section.

6 Strategies To Simplify Your Space

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Great article over at Simple organized life, it talks about how to take your life and organize it in some really smart ways.

To keep productivity levels humming when you work at home, it’s important to make home office organization a priority. Many people that work at home forget how important it is to organize their home office space. When you’re at home versus a dedicated office space in the outside world, other areas of life can sneak in. So, you have to make home office organization a priority.

Toss / File / or Act on Those Papers

Home office organization will be a breeze if you toss, file, or act on those papers immediately. Use this strategy to tackle the paper piles and then any paper that enters your office after you get it organized. So, when you start to organize your home office and you’re working through the mounds of paperwork, look at each one and decide… toss, file, or act on it then and there. Once you get the piles of papers under control, keep them under control!

As the mail comes in ask yourself if it’s something you really need. If not, throw it away. But, if you need to keep papers, then start a good filing system for home office organization to keep everything organized and easily accessible. If the piece of paper requires action like a phone call before filing or tossing, then act on it right away and don’t let it sit.

Check it out here