Tiny House downsizing can hurt in more ways than one. It can hurt your mind, soul, and in my case my body. Getting rid of personal possessions is hard and can be overwhelming. I approachit in stages. Each stage will get visited multiple times so that my mind can handle it easier.

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The Weapon of Glass

During a recent stage of downsizing, I ended up in Urgent Care... earlier that morning I had broken a large picture frame. Thought that all of the glass had stayed within the frame and I disposed of it. Later that day, I made another toss pile in the same area I was working in that morning. When I went to scoop up the pile to take to the trash bag, I was stabbed and sliced with a large piece of broken glass.

Being a Delicate Flower, as my mother says I am, I almost passed out while trying to rinse my wound out in the sink. It would not stop bleeding, it was a Sunday, and I knew I was going to need proper medical attention. Grabbed a washcloth, rolled it into a ball and held it tight to put pressure on the wound. Went to my computer and Googled "Urgent Care Denver". Luckily there was one open 7 days a week in Glendale, so off I sped to the doctor.

owieWant to be seen immediatelyin Urgent Care? Just have uncontrollable bleeding, they yell back "laceration" and you get seen in seconds! The pressure I had put on the finger did finally make the bleeding stop, so they put gauze on it and sent me back out to fill out all the paperwork and actually check in. I thought GREAT this is going to be an expensive Band-Aid!

Finally got called back into an exam room 45 minutes later, and then I opened my hand again, the bleeding started along with it. Whew, it does need more than a bandaid. It hurt like @#$! so every time they touched I screamed. The doctor told her staff, "Well, she is a very cool woman, but not a very strong woman" I heard her and started laughing - see I AM a delicate flower like my mom said!

Instead of stitches, the doctor decided to go with medical super glue and a split to keep from opening the wound again. Her nurse, came back in, cleaned it up more and bandaged me up, once again, I screamed in pain. I have to keep the splint on for 10 days, so it comes off tomorrow! I had to go back in to the same Urgent Care this last Friday because my bandage was superglued to the wound! The nurse apologized and fixed me up at no charge.

I may need to be in a complete bubble wrap suit when I start building my Tiny House...

Denver Tiny House EnthusiastsAsk yourself these questions:

  • Do you live in Colorado
  • Are you interested in the Tiny House Movement
  • Would you like to be surrounded by like minded individuals

If you answered "YES" to these questions, do you know about The Denver Tiny House Enthusiasts? WHAT?! You don't know about them? Well, today is your lucky day!

Here is the "About Us" section from the site:

We’re a social network that educates, informs and inspires on the many aspects of Tiny House living:

• We strive to be the leading resource for Tiny House Enthusiasts in Colorado.

• We improve access to Tiny House resources (know-how, money, land) for everyone.

• We seek to represent the needs and values of the Tiny House community (simplicity, sustainability, creativity, affordable lifestyle, autonomy, community, safety, inclusion and formal recognition).

• We network and cooperate with related government agencies, educational institutions, development organizations, and private industry.

I am a part of this group, and learn something new during every meetup. We have several recurring events (see below) along with other various events:

  • TH Builder Connection - Colorado meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 5:30-7 pm.
  • TH Happy Hour - Colorado meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6-9 pm.

Please join us and help us spread the word on Tiny Houses!

 

Tiny Houses are small, with less storage than the average person is accustomed to. Transitioning to a Tiny House requires downsizing with a capital "D"! I have started this process, in stages, to help make it less stressful.donate-trash

Each area of my apartment gets some "Spring Cleaning".  Items either go in the "Donate" bag, "Trash" bag or is kept. Living in the same place for 5 years helps with the "paring down" process for, if I have not touched it, then it is GONE! Some areas will get more than one pass through. This helps with the "I should keep this just in case" syndrome.

It is amazing how much STUFF you can get rid of. My sock drawer alone filled a 13 gallon garbage bag of socks I no longer need! I found two boxes of brand new unused Brooks Running Shoes - SCORE! Which then lead me to fill 2 garbage bags worth of old running shoes. Those shoes get donated to One World Running. An organization that provides running shoes to those in need in the United States and around the world to promote an awareness of health, fitness and nutrition. Two bags were also filled with old running apparel, along with countless other bags of everyday apparel.

The time had come to go make a donation run/drop. I loaded up my flatbed cart with boxes of pint glases, mugs, dishes etc, then piled the bags of clothes on top. There is a "bump" at my door the cart needs to go over, so I thought, I'll just take a running start at it to clear it... famous last words... CRASH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Over went ALL of the boxes containing anything glass into the hallway in a million pieces! GREAT! Guess those boxes are now going into the trash instead and just the clothes are going to donation.

Lessons learned, but big dents in downsizing have been accomplished. Doing a little at at time has really helped. It does not feel so overwhelming. Next drop is taking old sheets and towels to the Dumb Friends League for them to use for the homeless pets.

May the downsizing continue...

I seriously feel like a little kid waiting for Santa to come! it is only March, but on Friday March 20th the Denver Home Show opens at 10am for the weekend. This year there will be eight Tiny Houses in attendance. I am seriously so excited that I can't even sleep, it is like waiting for Santa! 

It's going to be a long week... Good thing I am busy at work to help pass time quickly. There will be a lot of photos and probably some videos taken while I'm there. Many ideas will come and questions will get answered. 

THE TINY HOUSES ARE COMING! THE TINY HOUSES ARE COMING!!!

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Tiny House? You want to build a Tiny House? YES! YES I DO!!! Follow my journey to fulfill my dream of building my own Tiny House.

It starts with research and planning. I binge watched Season 1 of Tiny House Nation (thank-you Amazon.com), set my DVR to record more Tiny House Nation episodes along with Tiny House Hunting and anything else "tiny". The web is FULL of Tiny House sites, blogs and information, I have subscribed to all that interest me.

Planning the Tiny House, is fun and educational. Today I learned a lot about heating the house. I really liked The Kimberly Wood Stove and will probably go with that. I have researched a ton of different plans, graphpaperliking thing from different plans, so I will probably combine ideas into one. Purchased a Composition Book containing graph paper, and will use it for all of my ideas. Working at an engineering firm, as a designer, I have access to AutoCAD, large plotters and other tools of the designing trade, so that will be very helpful.

Since I was young, I loved designing my own houses, in fact I wanted to become an architect. I received my first drafting table in my early teens along with the drafting arm attached. I LOVED IT! Had drafting in college along with Industrial Design, but my major was in Graphic Design and Photography. To this day, I still write in all capital letters (as done in hand drafting), of course everything is computerized now, but I still take to paper and pencil for initial design.

I joined a Meetup group called Denver Tiny House Enthusiasts, they want to create a Tiny House community in the Denver area, like an HOA situation but for Tiny Houses only. Currently Denver does not allow Tiny Houses. Boulder and Boulder county does, their minimum square footage is 80 sq ft, my house will probably be 150-180 sq ft. They also meet on Saturdays and help build Tiny Houses for the homeless. Due to the snowy weather we have been having, and the lack of use of my right elbow, I have not participated in those events yet, but will this Spring and Summer!

As you can see, the planning has begun. My journey is in its infancy, but it will grow as time progresses... Watch me as this dream becomes a reality!