I know that posting a blog this near a weekend is a mortal sin in some circles but I have decided to take my chances because things are happening in a way that doesn’t necessarily conform to traditional publishing schedules. After arriving in Utah with plans to be here for about a month, our first order of business is organizing our tiny home. I have to be honest and say that it’s been punishing emotionally. It’s more than just having fewer things–but this part of the process is about completely reshaping the way we see space. A friend commented on an Instagram post recently: “I envy your lack of things, but I’m not sure if I feel the same way about your lack of space”.

That really sums up the challenge I’ve been experiencing, because I am used to having fewer things but always having lots more space to allow a comfortable organizational system. I totally forgot to budget in the time and patience for learning a new way to look at space. In the last week or so I have learned that I have spent my whole life taking space for granted and that being organized in a large space has very little relevance to accomplishing the same task in a much smaller space!

This isn’t the post where I’m going to share all of the solutions to these issues because frankly such solutions haven’t presented themselves–yet. If you check out the video above, you’ll see that this is a trial and error process. I look forward to someday sharing the “Top 10 tips for maximizing space in your tiny home”–but for now, let me just say that Pinterest shows some really cool things–that have been fully completed and optimized. The process for getting there–figuring out what materials to use, the tools you need vs the ones you have available, the cost of said items are another matter.

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For example, our trailer is mostly made of fiberglass–this makes screw-in fasteners more challenging to use–and because it’s finished with a non-porous coating on the interior, adhesives are also less sticky. Magnetic strips and wall hangings were our original hope but being able to attach such items in the first place is proving a challenge. Another element of this process is deciding which items need to be most handy–simply fitting it all in won’t necessarily help us access what we need in a timely fashion.

Despite the frustration of this chaotic immersion the story is not all grim; it’s good to learn and each tiny step forward we take feels very rewarding. Each day we try to take a moment or two to share the small victories we are having and it’s making us appreciate things we otherwise might have taken for granted. I’ve made more of an effort to get out climbing and not lose sight of why we are doing this in the first place; not for perfection but to be closer to the things that inspire us.

On the diabetes front, I don’t have a lot to report. Keeping my diet in hand has been a manageable challenge and I am more thankful than ever for the near “auto-pilot” effects of the keto diet, both in terms of needing to eat less and actual blood glucose stability. Once things settle down a little bit more I will write more about some of the more “mundane” aspects of this transition. For now, we are three sheets to the breeze and I am hanging on by the tiniest of margins, thanks mostly to the patience and efforts of Stefanie who has really been tolerating this upheaval much better than I have.

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