Just how tiny IS a tiny house?

“Living smaller is a relief.” ~Margareta Magnusson

Americans are downsizing. Well some are. Others aren’t “supersizing” to begin with. I’ve seen my profession grow alongside an overall trend towards having less. This also includes the tiny home movement, which has captivated the US.

So I headed down to see Ryan McCue, Scott Updegraff, and Hero the dog at Tiny Home Connection in Lakewood, Colorado to learn about these mini dwellings. Here’s what I found out!

What happens at Tiny Home Connection?
If you’d like to build your own Tiny Home, you can come put it together on their property. While there, you can get expert advice with their consulting services if needed. If you need some of the work done for you, they’ll hook you up! Maybe you just want it built for you? Of course!

How big small is the average tiny home?
The original tiny homes are just over 200 sq. ft. However, the guys have found that the sweet spot for most people is between 400 and 600 sq. ft. Hey– that’s bigger than my first apartment!

Who is moving into these units?
Older adults who have decided that the Joneses have too much and they don’t care to keep up with them. People who want freedom of time (taking care of a big house takes work!) and freedom in their finances (read this article to see how much a big home costs to store your stuff!)
Also, Millennials who have decided to depart from the spending habits of the previous generations. Many are graduating college with a lot of debt and don’t want more. Surveys show that they’d rather spend the money they have on experiences instead of material items. Without much “stuff” they are also better able to be more transient. Basically, people who want “the simple life” according to Ryan.

Why a tiny house?
Besides freedom of time and money as mentioned above, there’s also closeness. Families build a bond due to living in close proximity with one another.

Are you interested yet? If so, give the boys a ring or check out their site or Facebook page. Also, they are planning meetups in the future so maybe you want to get on their list to come find out more! (I can’t give any deets yet, but it sounds like they plan to have some cool stuff going on down there!)

If you’re not quite sold on the idea of a tiny house yet, check out this article on “smaller houses” from Forbes. And if you just like the idea of living simply wherever your at, give me a call 🙂


A Clutter-Free Christmas

Jingle bells, evergreens, and the spirit of giving which leads to…stuff!
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This not only is this a good time of year to consider getting rid of some things to make room, but it’s also a good idea to think about how to eliminate more clutter before it starts.

And so I present to you some ideas for gifts that only take up space in your heart and memory 🙂 If you have time, check out all the categories. Although I’ve tried to create categories, some ideas can be used for other loved ones in your life. Also, many of these experiences can be found on sites such as Groupon, so check out your local deals there.

Click here to view as a handy Word Document instead: NoClutterChristmas or fast forward to the end for some printables.

 

For Kids & Families

-movie gift cards
-tickets to a play or other show
(Cirque du Soliel anyone?)
-museum passes
-zoo membership or “experiences”
(for instance, some offer a chance to meet the penguins!)
-Audible or Amazon Prime Membership
-sporting event tickets
-rodeo tickets
-indoor trampoline park gift card
-certificate for paddle boarding lessons
-a segway tour or scavenger hunt in your local area
-an escape room experience
-museum membership
-indoor rock climbing
-gift card to an unusual restaurant
-festival entry
-a “coupon” for a staycation at a local hotel with grandparents (make sure it has an indoor pool!)
-gift card for bowling/laser tag/arcade
-a seasonal pass for an activity such as ice skating
-party at a fun place (for instance, Hammond’s Candy Factory near me has a fun experience)
-whale watching tour

For Couples

-certificate for a professional organizer 🙂
-gift card for Home Depot or The Container Store
-concert tickets
-a glass blowing lesson
-sushi-rolling class
-a Top Golf gift card (it’s fun even for non-golfers!)
-a night’s stay at a local getaway
-horseback riding certificate
-wine tasting experience
-ski passes
-dance lessons
-a murder mystery dinner
-helicopter or hot air balloon experience
-local sleigh ride (or if you’re in Colorado like me, try a dog sledding experience for two!)
-something that can be easily cooked:
    Omahasteaks.com order or
    a Hello Fresh gift card
-indoor sky diving experience
-a sip and paint evening
-comedy show tickets
-Netflix subscription for a year

For Him

-rounds of golf
-luxury car driving experience
-auto race or monster truck tickets
-fire arm/shooting range voucher, membership, or lessons
-tickets to an auto show
-martial arts classes
-carwash gift card
-flying lessons
-deep sea fishing experience
-arrange dinner with an old friend
-sailing lessons
-season passes for a sports team
-ziplining certificate
-landscaping or lawn care services
-gift card to a local restaurant reviewed by a Food Network celeb
-fencing classes
-maker faire tickets
-beer tasting or festival tickets
-anything that can be consumed, such as:
    -unusual meat jerky @
    mountainamericajerky.com/
    -fancy BBQ sauces
    -backpacking food for outdoor
    trips
-ask his buddy to help you plan a trip according to his interests
-certificate for a full service haircut and shave

For Her

-photography lessons
-tickets to the symphony (go with her!)
-spa/massage certificate
-foreign language lessons or software
-coupons for time out with friends
-get together with her friends to plan a night out
-if she’s interested in family history, order a DNA test kit or subscription to ancestry.com
-send her and her mom or sister on a trip (maybe to the Magnolia Market in Waco?)
-classes at the local craft store
-AAA membership
-car detailing certificate
-night at a fancy bed and breakfast or hotel
-certificate to have nails and/or hair done
-fancy food tasting
-trip to a local holiday light display (we have nice ones at our zoo and botanical gardens)
-house cleaning voucher (careful with this one– know your woman!)
-the new mattress she’s been asking for
-SPEND TIME WITH HER 🙂

And finally, some handy printables: (same list, different format)