To begin with the nitty gritty, we start with a custom made 18′ trailer. The shell structure utilizes SIP’s (structural insulated panels) for greater insulation and strength. The door and windows are reclaimed along with the metal siding band that encompasses the entire girth. The lower wainscot is cedar lap siding while the upper band is vertical cedar plank on the sides and cedar shakes on the endwalls.” – Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses
The following is a guest post from Mariah Coz.
The next session of Tiny Transition and Downsizing, the 8-week e-course, begins on May 3rd, 2015. You can register for the class and see all the details here!
You know you want to downsize. Heck – you NEED to downsize if you’re thinking about living in a tiny or small home!
And beyond that, no matter how many square feet you’re gonna live in, downsizing feels good. It saves you money. It gives you more time for your hobbies, family, friends, travel. More dollars in your pocket. Less stress. All that good stuff.
You know that downsizing will allow you to lower your expenses, live the life you want to live, and have the time and financial freedom to enjoy life.
Maybe you’ve tried to “get organized” and “de-clutter” before. It probably felt pretty good…at first. But a few days later, your home looks the same as it did before. And the progress you’re making is slow-going. You’re stuck. You’re not sure why – because you’ve read the books and the blogs but nothing really works.
Downsizing is HARD. But you don’t have to do it all alone.
Tiny Transition + Downsizing is the 8-week course that fundamentally changes your relationship with stuff and helps you de-clutter, downsize, and clear out your home and mind, in a step-by-step zero-overwhelm environment. Registration is open for the session beginning on May 3rd. Preparing to transition into a tiny home, RV, trailer or cabin? Just want to clear your space and get some sanity in your current home? This is for you.
I’ve been getting emails from students who have completed the class, and I keep hearing this one thing that’s really stood out to me:
“I’ve tried everything before – read books, articles, blogs, bought all the containers – I’ve been trying to downsize for YEARS. But nothing worked until I took this class. This was totally different. It finally clicked.”
I love that. It really gets to the heart of what this course is all about: it’s NOT a bunch of downsizing and organizing tips – it’s a paradigm shift in how you think about stuff, clutter, mental space and physical things. It changes the way you think about “stuff” so that you can get EXCITED about getting rid of what you don’t need and start living the way you want to. So you can curate a beautiful life!
I am truly impressed with the amazing things the students in Tiny Transition and Downsizing have accomplished since joining the course.
Tens of thousands of items purged.
Money saved and dollars kept in pockets, instead of spent on “stuff”.
Bad habits broken and replaced with good, healthy ones.
Unfulfilling jobs and relationships told to hit the road, to make room for the new joys of living simple.
Tiny houses built, finished, parked and moved into!
We’ve had students leave corporate jobs, hit the road in an RV, and go part-time at work so that they could spend more time volunteering or working with animals. People have cleared out and sold their homes during the 8 weeks and actually moved into their tiny home shortly after.
I’m literally floored by the courageous and incredible things people accomplish within the group. The combination of motivation, accountability, friendship and step by step instruction that the course provides is a powerful force.
I want to invite you to be a part of the next session of the Tiny Transition and Downsizing course.
When you sign up for Tiny Transition + Downsizing, you get:
- 8 weeks of downsizing lessons and challenges (it’s like Downsizing bootcamp!)
- LIFETIME access to the private class forum
- Accountability, support, motivation and camaraderie from me and your classmates
- The tools you need to simplify your home, mind, and LIFE starting right now.
How it works: you’ll get one big lesson on Sundays – and then you can work on them at your leisure throughout the week (and beyond – some are “ongoing” exercises.) Each lesson has action items so you get real stuff done in your physical space and personal/inner work items that allow you to reflect, journal, and examine they “why” and the reasons for downsizing (and the “why” you got so much stuff in the first place!). That’s why it has such a lasting effect. It’s so much more than just “decluttering” and “organizing”.
And yes – you can take the class as many times as you need once you’ve registered. We have some students going through it three times and I love that – you truly have lifetime access because the process is so different for each person and we’re all working at our own rhythm and pace.
Here’s what some recent students had to say about their experience:
“This was the most helpful and inspiring course I have ever taken! I have learned so many things, gained new friends and have become more inspired to downsize my life. My life is forever changed (all for the better) after this course! Thank you for taking the time to create and make available to us this information to improve our quality of life!” — Shelby
“This class has single-handedly changed my thinking and life. The email course is rocking my world with the “how” to do this, the access to the associated group forum is invaluable. You could lurk and never post with this group and it’ll change your thinking and life.” – Andrea Mortensen
“In fact, I am more convinced than ever that taking this course to figure out how to ease into the whole downsizing process thoughtfully and gradually was one of the best moves I could have made, especially because of all the incredible support that this group provides in so many ways.” – Jack
“Mariah’s Tiny Transition E-Course was fantastic! She provides tons of useful tips on how to start your downsizing journey and her encouragement and support are truly amazing. One of my favorite things about this course was the incredibly supportive and engaged online community. This course helped me jumpstart my own downsizing journey and gave me the confidence I needed to pursue my dreams. This course will help you overcome obstacles, it will provide encouragement and it will help you succeed on your own downsizing journey!” – Lora
“I took the challenge and am so glad I did. Even if you never “live” in a tiny house I found that the course helped me to look inside myself and found out all kinds of things about ME! I am truly grateful for the experience. You will find yourself very proud of what you will accomplish!” – Diane
We go through everything from the WHY you have so much stuff and why it’s hard to downsize, HOW to happily get rid of your physical clutter and emotional baggage (even if you don’t know where to start!), how to downsize your expenses and digital life and more. All within a supportive group of other people on the same journey towards simplicity.
During the 8 weeks of the E-Course you will:
- Clear your space and mind of clutter, making room for what’s important to you
- Change your entire mindset and outlook on “stuff”, finally finding peace and focus
- Meet a group of soon-to-be lifelong friends who share your outlook and values and are on your same path towards simple living
- Get the motivation and support you need to make major life-changes for the better
- Make real, tangible steps to getting into a tinier, happier life
The next session of Tiny Transition and Downsizing begins on May 3rd. You can join us in the next session of the Tiny Transition and Downsizing E-Course by registering here. I hope to see you in there and I look forward to supporting you on this journey!
Several great documentaries on the Tiny House Movement have come out in recent years; but this one captures the story from the human side unlike I’ve ever seen. Filmmaker Jeremy Beasley captures the physical and emotional challenges faced by folks who take on their own tiny house endeavor while at the same time taking the shiny wrapping many tiny house stories come wrapped-in.
While the story unfolds the viewer is pushed & pulled emotionally, not sure where this story is headed. This not only makes the film riveting to watch, but encourages one to reflect on their own opinion and/or involvement with the Tiny House Movement – at least that was my experience. Without revealing any spoilers I can say I felt re-energized by this film and have begun to re-double my own involvement in the movement to think smaller.
Here’s what director Jeremy Beasley had to say about his film:
“I wasn’t aiming to glorify tiny house living. I explored what it is really like to build and live in a tiny house, sharing the subjects struggle and triumphs – and their real life journey through it. I wanted the film to go deeper than trends or aesthetic. I wanted it to be courageous and vulnerable. To explore the real human aspect living tiny.”
How can people watch the film?
Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House documentary is available worldwide for download (which you get to keep forever) for $9.99 via SmallBeautifulMovie.com
There is loads of bonus content in different packages there with hours of great info and footage that we couldn’t fit in the film as well. If you love tiny houses, the deluxe edition of the film is the best option.
Small is Beautiful is also available on iTunes, Vimeo on Demand, Amazon Instant and Google Play. You can also watch it on iTunes now.