I’ve had more than a few people ask ‘what’s it like in a tiny home’–or more specifically for a virtual tour of sorts. We moved into the trailer recently and the progress is slow but steady–and what better time to invite you in for a look. In this video I think you will get a sense (thanks to the ultra-wide angle GoPro lens) for how small the interior of the trailer is. Nevertheless I promised a tour and that’s what you’ll get!

So I can’t say that we’ve figured out a way to make things all neat and pinterest-y. Maybe that will be part of the process of evolution, or maybe that’s not really how most people live in tiny spaces. Stay tuned for more info on that. Initially, it seems like everything is a lot more delicate and more work. Things that ordinarily would be taken for granted as simple require coordinated effort. Making coffee for example. Sitting down, for another.

I am both irritated with the lack of space and excited by the challenge–because it is doable, with some effort. I am writing this several days after the video and I can say that things feel more normal in a tiny living space now. Even with the significant downsizing of stuff that took place before I left Massachusetts, I realize that I have WAY too much stuff. You convince yourself that you may wind up in a position to need that 4th pair of pants…but it never happens. Too many shirts, shoes, and even books. Oh, I’ll definitely be reading a ton! Nope. There’s stuff to do almost all the time–both work and play–and down time (at least so far, for me) has not been an issue.

living in tiny homes

What about diabetes supplies and medication? I see memes on social media frequently about extra suitcases being needed for extra gear. I used to wonder if I was doing something wrong because I didn’t get the joke. I traveled light, with minimal redundancy. I still do. I won’t say it’s the right way to travel lest I get taken to task by the Thou-Shalt Change Thy Lancets Daily contingency of my readership, but I’m not going to apologize for expecting my diabetes “stuff” to fit in with my life either. I have a couple extra insulin pens in a frio bag, a couple vials of test strips and a couple extra sensors for my CGM. All of it fits in the brain of my backpack. It is possible to avoid the need for redundancy in 99% of situations. It’s also smart to have a little margin for overages in usage–which is why I carry just a little more than I absolutely need.

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I should mention that I also have a Glucagon injection kit along for the ride too. The dramatic cutbacks in my insulin usage (more exercise, sunlight, increased contentment, keto diet etc) have made my meal time doses very small. Usually I won’t bolus for breakfast, then lunch and dinner require 1 unit (standard meal) or 2 units if it’s a big meal. I wont say I can explain all of these changes in my management but I can say that my CGM affirms these anecdotes and when I calibrate, it’s been right on the money. Given all of that, I sometimes wonder if it’s really necessary to bring a Glucagon kit along, but I always do. It’s very cheap insurance.

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This week I got the transmission on our Honda CRV augmented with an aftermarket cooler–which will hopefully mitigate some of the strains of towing the trailer. I also officially registered the Scamp at the DMV and so we are approaching another launch point of sorts. Just living in it is the first phase but the biggest step will involve taking the trailer out, away from the respite of friends hospitality and daring the open road. I’m excited and a little anxious for that to happen because it’s pretty committing once the training wheels come off–finances are slim and babies are not understanding of extenuating circumstances. We will simply have to get it right or struggle through enough to make it work.

That will happen in March when we see you at the meetup in Joshua Tree!

Ok, your turn: tell me where we should head with our little trailer? Got some great spots for us to see? Nearby climbing is desirable but not entirely necessary!

Our first meetup will be March 4-6 in Joshua Tree National Park CA. No cost, no frills. Just action…maybe just a few tasteful hashtags though. RSVP via email: steve@livingvertical.org