Savor Sunday: Packing & Cleaning

by Tammy Strobel on October 16, 2011

Earlier this morning, Logan and I packed up our stuff and cleaned our small apartment. The tiny house rolls into Portland next week and we’re incredibly excited about the move. Cleaning and packing aren’t my favorite Sunday activities, but it didn’t take as long as I expected and I had a reward pushing me forward.

Whenever I work on activities I don’t like, I give myself a reward and this afternoon my bonus prize was a long hike in Washington Park. The air was cool, crisp and the sun was even poking through the clouds. Since I was inside all morning, it felt really good to get out and see the green trees and blue sky.

When I walked back into the apartment, Logan had freshly baked cornbread waiting for me and we topped off the evening with frittata for dinner. Tonight, I’m going to savor good food, a clean apartment, and my time with Logan. I’m practicing being in the moment. What are you practicing?

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In the process of moving? Read the two articles below:

- Moving with Kids: Less Stress, More Fun

- 3 Minimal Moving Methods

You can see the stuff we’re moving to the little house in this video:

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1 Kairi October 16, 2011

Hi Tammy!
Congratulations to you and Logan on your upcoming move into the new house! My husband and I are so inspired by you guys! I can’t wait to see all of your tiny house updates on the coming weeks. So I have a question, you said that you will be moving to North Portland, how did you find a place to park your new home? Did get an offer from friends or did you post an ad somewhere looking for a host back yard? We would like to build a tiny house too and finding a place to park that is safe, and nice is our main concern.

Best wishes!
Kairi and Graham

2 Tammy Strobel October 17, 2011

Hi Kairi – Great hearing from you! Yes, we did find a spot in North Portland. They are acquaintances that offered their yard to us in exchange for rent.

As far as finding a spot for your little house, there are a lot of options. I’d suggest connecting with your friends and family or you could even advertise on craigslist. It really depends on your personal situation. Some of my tiny house friends have purchased their own plot of land and parked there. Others have hooked up with intensional communities. In short, you just have to be creative and open to alternatives.

3 Sunday October 16, 2011

Tammy, you are too cute!! “go do some yoga” :)

I am practicing loving to cook by being in the moment from prep to dine. I have always loathed cooking but recently finished Season to Taste by Molly Birnbaum and it kind of put cooking into the perspective of a privilege not a chore, so I’m practicing being in the present with food.

4 Tammy Strobel October 17, 2011

@Sunday – As always, thanks for stopping by! :)

The book you mentioned sounds great. I’ll be sure to check it out of the library.

5 Sandra / Always Well Within October 16, 2011

What a bird’s eye view, Tammy. It’s incredible the way you have pared down your stuff. I find it almost unbelievable! It really gives me food for thought. Have fun “moving in” to your new tiny house.

6 Tammy Strobel October 17, 2011

Thanks Sandra! :)

7 Joe3 October 17, 2011

It’s pretty cool to watch the transition from the 2 bedroom and cars – Sacramento maybe?, I forget, quitting your job, then the Portland move, now to a small house…..I can see where you’re living the life and enjoying it, and being an inspiration to others to reconsider what they have and the lifestyle they are living. Somedays, I even think about my one room house and downsizing…all from reading your blog…but not today ! I am looking forward to see how you decorate the new place, and it’s new location. How sweet is your life !!

8 Tammy Strobel October 17, 2011

@Joe3 – Yes! We’ve made a lot of transitions over the last 3 years; moving from Davis to Sacramento and then Sacramento to Portland. Plus, the career changes. It’s been a fun adventure! I feel really lucky and happy.

9 Brenda October 17, 2011

Wow, you’ve done a great job on paring down for the tiny house! Best of luck on your upcoming move…I’m sure it’ll be a LOT less stressful than the average move. :-)

10 Victoria October 17, 2011

We’re facing our 4th move in 6 years and I wish we were down to that minimal of stuff! I’m dreading our move.

Thanks for the links & inspiration – good luck and can’t wait to see you all settled into the tiny house!

11 Tammy Strobel October 17, 2011

Thanks for the well-wishes Victoria! I hope the links help. Try to have fun with the move. It might be a great opportunity to declutter a little bit more. Just remember the process takes time. We’ve spent the last 5 years paring down. I wish we could have gotten rid of our stuff overnight, but that would have been unrealistic. :)

12 yasmara October 17, 2011

You may have covered this already, but what did you do with books? Also, office supplies? Do you have a printer? We are contemplating an overseas move & it’s made me look around our little bungalow with new eyes. Our problem areas revolve around kids, framed artwork (vintage rock posters, family photos), media (records/LPs, DVDs, CDs), office supplies (I work at home), and definitely kitchen (inherited sets of china, my bowl collection/obsession).

13 Tammy Strobel October 17, 2011

Yasmara – Yup, I’ve already covered that. Please read this article on paper, books, etc.

Also, take a look at our tiny house page.

Thanks for stopping by!

14 Ethan October 17, 2011

Hi Tammy! I’m really intrigued by the idea of a tiny house on wheels. The benefits of a “mobile” tiny house are immeasurable! I have a question though: I live in Vermont where it can get really cold in the winter (like below 0). In all of your tiny house research, do you know of any heating concerns or differences for a tiny house on wheels vs. one built on a solid foundation?

15 Tammy Strobel October 17, 2011

Hey Ethan – Thanks for leaving a comment. No I haven’t heard of any heating concerns. As long as the house is built to the international building code, you should be good to go. In fact, there is a tiny house builder in your neck of the woods. I’ve heard Peter’s workshops are amazing. Check it out: http://vermonttinyhouses.com/

Also, you might want to take a look at the tiny house blog: http://tinyhouseblog.com/

16 Meg October 17, 2011

Just to add — you’d be amazed at the power of a space heater.

17 Meg October 17, 2011

I meant to add another line, but my computer got the best of me.

We operate on just two space heaters in our apartment since gas is so expensive. We have to wear socks and sweaters, but otherwise do not notice the difference. It’s great!

18 Tammy Strobel October 18, 2011

@Meg – So true. We’ve been testing out the little heater in the apartment and it does a great job for a large space. I’m sure it will keep us toasty in little house.

19 Monica October 17, 2011

Hi Tammy. In your video, it surprised me when you said that your kitchen items won’t even fill up the boxes you had stacked there. My kitchen is an area I would really like to simplify, and spend less time in, while still making healthy meals. What suggestions do you have for scaling down a kitchen? What types of meals do you create with the small amount of kitchenware you have? Thanks for all your tips and inspiration!

20 Tammy Strobel October 17, 2011

Hey Monica – Thanks for stopping by. There is so much you can do in a small kitchen. Below are a few posts to get you started.

- The No-Refrigerator Challenge
- How to Cook Yummy Food Without a Refrigerator

This is a great topic. I’ll have to write more about it. :) Also, check out Stone Soup. Jules has a lot of amazing and creative cooking ideas.

21 Colleen November 3, 2011

I would love to hear more about your cooking, especially now that you’re in the tiny house. I’m curious about what bulk foods you use, and what you make. I was thinking about you guys after seeing the photo of your bulk stuff, and first thought, wow, do they haul all that on their bikes?? And that I decided you probably rent a community car or such, and shop infrequently. Great idea!
I enjoyed seeing (and am jealous of) the small amount of stuff you own and needed to move. I’m in the process of moving, and have tons of stuff, collected and inherited over decades. It’s overwhelming. I’m so glad to have found your blog, and really appreciate you and Logan sharing so much about your lives. It’s an inspiration, really, for the rest of us to pare down and enjoy more.

22 Lynne October 17, 2011

Tammy, like everyone else I am so excited about your move. I can’t wait to hear as much as you will share with us about it – your thoughts, pros and cons etc. I envy your soon to be smaller life. I would do it in a minute but I have a wonderful husband that likes his “large” life and lots of stuff. Maybe one day I will be able to talk him in to something a bit more downsized. BTW, I love getting you Letter each week!!
Lynne

23 Tammy Strobel October 17, 2011

Thanks Lynne! I’m happy to hear that you’re enjoying the letters. :) I appreciate the support.

24 Rachel October 17, 2011

Hi Tammy! I’m so excited for you two to be so close to living in your dream house… my little guy was finally born at the end of September, almost a whole month late. I hope to get back to the minimalist meetup soon though, so maybe we will see you and Logan at one of our future events? In the meantime, I am learning more about what it means to live in the moment than I ever thought possible.

25 Patricia October 17, 2011

One question I haven’t seen answered in your frequently asked questions list is where is the cat’s litter box going to go in the new tiny house? Did you plan that from the beginning, or are you going to figure it out as you go along?

26 Tammy Strobel October 17, 2011

@Patricia – We have a designated spot for the litter box. Katy built it into the window seat. If you go to the tiny house page, you’ll see the photo. :)

27 TamV October 18, 2011

Would you consider doing a wee video of the tiny house when it arrives? Would love to see how the interior turned out. Thanks, and Happy Moving!

28 Tammy Strobel October 18, 2011

@Tam – For sure! I’m planning on taking lots of photos and videos. :)

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