I’m not sure it will be possible to fully capture what life was like in Alaska, but I think I will try anyway when I write my autobiography someday. This blog, however, is going to remain focused on the progress of our Tiny adventure. To inadequately summarize our move from Fairbanks to Santa Monica: we had an amazing trip coming down the west coast lasting over two weeks; it took much longer to find an apartment than we anticipated; and we ended up in the most expensive neighborhood despite our best effort to fully explore LA county before signing a lease. We are quite happy with the walk-ability of our area, plus the great dog park and doggy hotel a few blocks away since we don’t have a patio or any private outdoor space, but we are paying for it. We are on the second floor of a 6-condo unit building, with one bedroom and a galley-style kitchen. It was such a luxury to have a shower AND a dishwasher when we first moved it, but I’m already forgetting what it was like to live without the convenience of running water.
It’s amazing how adaptable people are, how easily a new “normal” can be adopted. After one month, I am accustomed to riding my bike to the bus stop to catch a ride to work, showering every night, being able to do laundry or run the dishwasher whenever we want; all things we could not do in our dry cabin tucked away in the woods. It didn’t even require thinking or planning to change our routine. Well the bus riding did because I had to figure out which stop to go to and what time it usually arrives, and then the route from the station to my work, but that didn’t take much time at all. Remembering back to moving into the dry cabin, it was pretty much the same–we had to remember to fill our water jugs every so often, and I had to bring a clean towel to work from time to time, but other than that, it wasn’t the drastic life change I anticipated it would be.
So I wonder if moving into a Tiny Home will be that big of a change for the Bakons (that’s us, once we do the legal name change). On the Tiny House Nation show, the episodes I’ve watched were centered on the drama of scaling down the possessions of the potential Tiny dwellers and managing their expectations of what living Tiny would be like, and it’s quite entertaining to watch. I wondered why people so resistant to giving up their things would cram their shit and their life into 200 sq ft or less, and how they thought this was the lifestyle for them. But I can’t be too critical because I definitely have significantly more sentiment towards materialistic things compared to Tessa, and this will undoubtedly be a struggle for me. Also, the homes built on that show are like the Escalades of Tiny Homes, so when you imagine what ours is going to look like when we’re done, picture a simple and clean structure with functionality being the top priority. Anyway, I know I will have a harder time than Tessa, but we’ve still managed to pare down our stuff each time we’ve moved (well mostly when we moved into a one room cabin, but we haven’t filled this apartment with too much stuff) so I don’t think it will be as hard for me compared to someone who has filled an entire home with furniture, doohickeys, and whatnots. Only time will tell though. 2 years time to be more precise. Our goal is to start building next summer! And be done by the following summer!!
PS – I do believe anyone can live Tiny, especially someone who has filled their home (and life) with things. They could probably use Tiny living the most.