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On Friday, Logan and I are driving to Portland, OR for a tiny house conference. I’m looking forward to the conference for a variety of reasons. Logan and I are speaking at the event, and it will be fun to connect with attendees. In my experience, conferences can be empowering and offer opportunities to connect deeply with like-minded people. I’m looking forward to learning and connecting with fellow tiny housers. If you are attending the conference and see me, please say hi; I’d love to meet you in person.

In other news, I redesigned my tiny house photo gallery. You can view the new layout here and let me know what you think.

And last but not least, the weekend after we get back from Portland we will move out of our winter cottage rental and back into our tiny house. Thankfully, we found a new home for the belongings we acquired this winter, and our debate over storage is a moot point. Here’s what happened…

A family member recently moved into a new place, and I asked her if she needed some extra stuff. She said yes, so we gave her our double bed and extra sheets. I didn’t want the extra mattress sitting in a storage unit collecting dust or having mice chew through the mattress. Giving the bed to a person who will use it felt awesome!

Also, I took a box of plates, mugs, and glasses to a local thrift store. And, we put a free sign on our coffee table and tiny dresser and put them in front of our house. The stuff was gone within a few hours! Letting go of extra stuff feels so good.

We are keeping a few of the belongings we acquired for the winter cottage, including two used IKEA POÄNG chairs, a few folding chairs, and our old table. These things are easy to break down, and we can stash them in my in-laws garage. Plus, we are planning on putting our new queen bed into the tiny house loft.

I’ll write an essay about reintegrating ourselves and the cats into the tiny house soon. In the meantime, I’d encourage you to declutter your own space, and let go of stuff you no longer need.

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Give away extra coffee mugs, teacups, wine glasses, and water glasses to a thrift store.
  1. Donate clothes you no longer wear to a thrift store.
  1. Donate old gadgets to an organization like FreeGeek.

Good luck and have fun!

Be well,

P. S. In May, I’m teaching my photography e-course again. You can sign up and read the updated course description here. I hope you’ll join us for the next session!

Kitty in the Wind

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  • Meg @ Adventures in Verdance April 14, 2015, 7:23 am

    Good luck and have fun at the conference! Just reading this made me want to release so many things back into the wild. 🙂

    • Tammy Strobel April 14, 2015, 7:23 am

      Thanks Meg! Giving stuff away is fun. 🙂

  • Courtney April 14, 2015, 7:30 am

    It can be really wonderful to connect with like-minded people and share ideas and stories! Have a wonderful time!

    We just did a major bedroom clean out. You’ve inspired me to fill a box for Goodwill from our kitchen this weekend. Giving things away does feel amazing and seeing the clean calm space afterward is it’s own reward.

  • Marrianna April 14, 2015, 7:34 am

    Hi Tammy,

    I’ve been following your blog and your changes for several months. I really enjoy the photos of your tiny house. The one thing that I haven’t found in your posts or your photos is this: where is the bathroom? Strange request but I’d be interested in knowing the answer.

    Thanks and have fun in Portland,
    Marrianna in Flagstaff AZ

    • Tammy Strobel April 14, 2015, 8:27 am


      Thanks for reading! We don’t have a full bathroom in the little house, only a compositing toilet. Also, we have an outdoor shower. My husband wrote an article about our compositing toilet. Read it here.

      You can also take a tour of the house here. Kent interviewed me in 2011 shortly after we moved into the house.

      Also, you might enjoy this interview. Kirsten Dirksen interviewed us when we were living in Chico, CA a few years ago.


  • Janet April 14, 2015, 9:20 am

    Yay! It IS great to give away the things that one no longer needs or wants ….. like passing on a beautiful oven-to-table serving dish that I just knew my friend’s daughter would love and use. And she does!

    Good luck at the conference and with your spring move!


  • Heather April 14, 2015, 10:13 am

    So timely! We are hoping to move soon as well, to a bigger space though. The decluttering is just as important for me though because I don’t want to pack things we don’t need and worry that extra stuff will just expand and take over our new space. If tiny house living was possible for us we’d definitely be going that route but we live in a very expensive city that is not tiny house friendly and we have a 2 month old baby, so, townhouse living it is, for now.

  • Wilma Mican April 14, 2015, 10:59 am

    I hope you share what you find out. I have my cabin but don’t know what I want on the walls or what to put behind the stove or what kinds of floor I want. I live about 15 miles out of Roseburg-wave as you go by.

  • Jonas April 14, 2015, 11:03 am

    +1 for finding an Ä on your keyboard for your Poäng chairs. 🙂

    Have a great move back to the Tiny House!

  • Brian Cox April 14, 2015, 3:19 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that you didn’t go with the storage unit. And I agree. Letting go of stuff feels good!

  • Erin April 15, 2015, 5:57 am

    I laughed out loud at the photo of your kitty. Hilarious! Welcome back to the tiny house 🙂

  • Cyndy April 15, 2015, 6:12 am

    We love putting our gently-used, no-longer-needed stuff on the curb and then seeing how long it takes for it to be picked up. Fastest disappearance: 8 minutes! Have a fun trip and a stress-free move.

  • Tracy April 15, 2015, 7:03 am

    I think the picture of the cat is so cute. Is he bracing against the wind? I live in a smallish house and really enjoy following your blog. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • Tammy Strobel April 15, 2015, 7:34 am

      Yes, she is. I took that photo a few years ago on a very windy day. Thanks for reading!

  • Wilma Mican April 15, 2015, 7:41 am

    One of my favorite features is your cat and your cup and how you integrate them. How many cats do you have?

    • Tammy Strobel April 15, 2015, 11:51 am

      Thanks! We have two cats. 🙂

  • Becky April 15, 2015, 9:25 am

    I found it again! Your Ashland doppelganger house 🙂 Next time you are in town, wander over to Iowa street just off the intersection with Liberty and see if it’s still parked there. Right near the tiny triangle park.

  • Robyn April 15, 2015, 6:47 pm

    I was excited to hear you two (and the kitties) were moving back to the THoW. I’m just finishing up your book this week and it’s a great time to take those micro actions and put them to work. I’m currently hunting for land and planning out my tiny house. You have been the greatest inspiration for living simply, honestly, and with passion. Thank you, Tammy. I hope your conference is fun, your travels and move are safe, and your days are full of love and gratitude.

  • Anne-Marie April 15, 2015, 10:56 pm

    Sounds like you are moving right along.
    Usually when you make up your mind, things unfold almost magically. 🙂
    Have fun at the conference!

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