Thursday, February 21, 2013

Loveable Loo - The Composting Toilet

There are many things that I think about as I plan and create my tiny homestead. One of the most common questions I get is plumbing related. I explain how I will have a gravity fed water system with a supplemental pump for water pressure, how we will harvest rainwater and use grey water to water the gardens, but the one question that is most popular is how my toilet facilities work.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Kitchen Spices, Tiny House Style

In my pantry I have many, many spices. I have spent a good deal of money acquiring all the different spices that allow me to be a diverse and creative cook and parting with them would be a sad affair indeed. However, living in a tiny house does not have to mean Goulash, soups, or stews every night for dinner. However storing large jars of spices just will not be practical. I do not want to sacrifice the spice variety or the precious storage space so I searched for the perfect compromise. After poking around on Pinterest and the web, I think I found a clever and practical solution. I will continue to cook great and tasty meals in the cozy comfort of my hand-built paradise.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

What?? No Toilet Paper??

Team Over vs Team Under
Sustainability. I hear this word thrown around a ton, but I am not convinced that people really can define just what sustainability is, let alone living a lifestyle that supports long-term sustainability. There are so many aspects of everyday life that have to be considered before sustainability can be a reality. I came across a post some time ago on another blog I follow that talked about Family Cloth. The blog was written by a lovely young lady who is into holistic health and sustainable living. I find it to be a real eye opener. What she blogged about on this particular day has resonated with me and made me consider an aspect of sustainability that I hadn't even considered before.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Dollar Store Score!

Once again the dollar store has come through for me. I found white Zote soap bars there yesterday. Zote is used when you hand wash, make your own laundry soap, or use a washboard. I got six bars for, you guessed it, six bucks and tax. I also found packages of 50 clothespins for just a buck. I will buy five or so of those so I have some put by. Clothespins are exposed to dampness and elements, so they may need frequent replacement. I was just thrilled to be able to buy these items to "put by."

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Did You Really Think It Through?

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Every Saturday and Sunday morning I lay in bed and check the news and updates to blogs I follow. I enjoy this quiet and relaxing time and the ideas and info I glean as I read. Today I went through the list of tiny house blogs I follow and was irked by a trend I am beginning to spot. So many folks focus on building their tiny home and talking about living in the boonies, being "self-sustaining" and all that jazz, but never really think about what the hell they are getting themselves into what it takes to live that way.