Questions. I get them ALL the time. I really don't mind the questions as I understand that people are curious and intrigued. I do, however, mind questions when they are accompanied by an attitude that clearly implies we are making the worst decision of our lives. We got this.
I am going to try to answer the questions I get the most often. If you have any others, feel free to comment and I will try to answer them all. I'm not going to lie- there are some questions we are still working on figuring out ourselves, but for the most part we have spent a lot of time researching and finding solutions to the problems we feel like we will encounter.
Where will you put your clothes?
This is probably the question we get asked the most. Before we move in we will all select the most loved pieces of our wardrobe and we will all have capsule wardrobes. We are not sure how many pieces we will have, but we will have 2-3 capsules each to switch out with the seasons. We really probably only need one since we all know there is only one season in Louisiana- hot and humid. Here are some tips on how to create your own capsule wardrobe.
How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe
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Project 333- Be More With Less
So, once we pare down our wardrobes, where will we put what is left? The seasonal capsules that we are not using will be stored underneath the bottom bunk bed which lifts up and contains storage below. In the back bedroom behind the barn doors, there are two hanging rods on each side. We will each get one rod except Carys and Cooper. They will share a rod since they have fewer hanging clothes.
In the back bedroom, the bed will be on a platform with storage drawers underneath. Matt, Carys, and I will each have a drawer to use. There are also some drawers between the closets. My makeup will go in one, and I am not sure about the others, but I am sure they will be used for something. Our shoes will be stored in the bottom of the closets and perhaps in some of these around the house.
In the loft, Callan and Cooper will each have a small piece of furniture with drawers to hold undergarments, pjs, socks, etc... Their shoes will also be stored in the loft.
Where will you eat?
Same as always- Chick Fil A, Slim Chickens, or Canes. But seriously... we actually cook and eat at home around the table about 3- 4 times a week. I would like that number to increase, but it is what it is. Instead of picking up meals to go, we will probably just all go eat at the restaurant so we can all sit and eat together. For meals at home, we plan to have a coffee table that transforms into a dining table. For seating, the idea is to get this cool little cube that turns into five seats.
What will you do for protection when there are bad storms?
We plan to purchase a storm shelter. Until we get then, maybe Lee, who bought my old house, will let us come visit. Lee???
Are you planning to live here forever or is this temporary?
Right now, the plan is to live in the tiny house until we retire. That being said, if we drive each other crazy, we might be selling it in a few months. We are just going to see how it goes. Once we retire, we would like to sell the lot and possibly the house and move to the beach. We could move the house to the beach. Who knows!
Will there be a bathroom schedule?
You are all so tall. Will you fit in the tiny house?
The ceilings in the house, aside from the loft, are actually very tall so our height shouldn't be a problem at all.
Your kids cannot stand up in their loft. Why would you do that to them?
When is the last time you said, "I think I am going to stand in my room for a while."? Exactly.
Why would you get a tiny house and not an RV?
Technically, our tiny house is an RV. I think people choose the houses instead of RVs just because it has more of a home feel and look.
Are you going to have a compost toilet?
Do you have a dishwasher?
Yes. His name is Matt.
Will you have storage for holiday decorations, luggage, etc...?
I am not much of a decorator so we don't have many decorations. We do have a small storage unit that we rent currently. We will probably keep it until we figure out what items we need to find permanent homes for.
What was your number one goal when you started this journey and has that goal changed or stayed the same?
My goal is to live a life more focused on things that matter- God and family- and less on material things. I am/was one of the most materialistic people ever. I started to see some of those qualities in my children and I realized that my materialism was impacting their lives in a negative way. I do not want this for their futures. This goal has not changed. I want to live with the "less is more" mentality.
And finally the most asked question of all- when will you and Matt ever get any "privacy"?
This question has been asked over and over and in many interesting and awkward ways. How do I answer? In many interesting and awkward ways! I guess we will figure it out. My mom used to lock us out of the house when we were little because we "needed some fresh air." My kids might be needing some fresh air, too.
I am Chamie, wife to Matt; mom to Callan (14), Cooper (11), and