Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tiny houses

I've been hooked on another HGTV show of late and am recording all the episodes so I can watch them commercial free. There are two shows actually. One is called Tiny House, Big Living and the other is Tiny House Hunters.

I've always had a dual personality in that I love the idea of living simply without a lot of clutter. BUT, I also love, LOVE 'things'. Walking into Hobby Lobby at the start of a new season, seeing all of their cute little somethings, just makes my heart sing. I am the keeper of family heirlooms and I hold tight to anything that holds a memory. I collect books, dishes and have dozens of photo albums.

It's a curse, I tell you, having a foot in both worlds, with one eye on collecting and the other on constantly feeling the need to purge.

Watching the tiny house shows fills my heart with desire for what it would be like to live simply. But . . . while fascinating to watch, it isn't long before I'm poking holes in the idea.  And it's not just because I have a lot of stuff. If someone held  my feet to the fire, I could probably whittle down to the necessities.

The most obvious reason such a small abode would not work is that most tiny houses -- and their tiny kitchens -- just aren't built for someone who is 6'1" tall with a 6'5" husband. (Like I told Dan, the first requirement for a tiny house is a tiny wife!) There's no way Dan's size 14 shoes would fit into any of those cute little storage spaces that are tucked in here and there. We would definitely need a house with a loft to fit our king size mattress, which brings up another issue. Have you seen the ladders they make to crawl up to 'the bedroom?' At my age, I can't imagine scaling one of those things, and I would probably end up sleeping on the floor.

I'm suspicious of these shows.  I'm pretty sure that most of the residents of these minuscule dwellings must have a storage shed somewhere, to keep some necessities. I mean, where do they keep their gift wrap? And for those that have 'guest beds' do they require their guests to bring their own linens?  Where do they keep their roasting pans and muffin pans? And casserole dishes? I'm assuming they can't host Thanksgiving dinner, so wouldn't they feel obligated to bring a dish when they -- once again -- show up at their family's house for holiday dinners? Where do they store winter coats and boots, summer beach towels and bathing suits and flip flops, and where do they keep the vacuum cleaner and extra toilet paper?  And, most importantly, WHERE do they put the Christmas tree?

I've often wondered, would anyone who has spent a week in a camper trailer even consider buying one of those tiny houses? We've spent many vacations camping and loving it. And also loving coming home to our big house and getting far away from one another.

I'm reminded of the movie The Long, Long Trailer with Lucille Ball.  The chaos that ensues when she and Desi Arnez buy a travel trailer to live in while he is a traveling salesman, makes for a great comedy.

I admire those that can live in 400 square feet or less, especially if they share it with another human being or four-legged family members.  I love my husband -- and my dog.  But, Dan and I both agree that our 'downsize' to 1,800 square feet is small enough.



Mereknits said...

There is no way I could live in one, where would I keep my yarn and books let alone my family!

Mari said...

I'm with you! I like to watch too, but can't imagine living in one. I don't know how you would ever have anyone over!

Keira said...

Stick it to minimal! That's the way you can live in there. It is more like an army bag. It is not for everyone! I need more space!

Patti said...

I am very much like you in that regard, Karen. I love the idea of minimalism, but I can't really put it into practice. We have always lived in houses of about 2,000 sq. ft. We want to downsize, but we won't go below 1,500 sq. ft.

The Long, Long Trailer is hilarious. I'm not a huge comedy fan, but I do enjoy that.

Happy weekend to you.