I’ve spent most of this week cleaning out the cabinets and closets, eliminating everything that won’t fit into our tiny house. We briefly discussed renting a storage unit for the transition period, but decided against it. Even though we are going to store a few sentimental things, like my wedding dress, everything from spare blankets to craft supplies are expected to fit inside the house or be sold at the flea market or in one of our Etsy shops.

It’s a lot harder than you think to get rid of excess junk. I have gone through the same cabinets six times to the point that I felt like I was only keeping the bare bones, and I still find things we don’t need every time. I’ve also discovered a significant amount of things we need to just use. Apparently, I buy handmade soap bars more often than I actually use them. I’ve created a pile of East Hill honey soaps and soap from Orthodox monasteries and Etsy sellers, and placed them somewhere visible. The current rule of the house is that no soap can be purchased until all of these are gone. The fact that I had them stashed in multiple little paper bags in bathroom cabinets while still buying more is ridiculous. I’ve discovered that I might be a bit of a hoarder in ways that I wouldn’t have expected. The current scissor count is twelve. Who needs twelve pair of scissors other than a kindergarten classroom?

That stack of jar lids have no matching jars. I have no idea how this happened. It's time to admit I have a problem...
That stack of jar lids have no matching jars. I have no idea how this happened. It’s time to admit I have a problem…

It’s kind of exactly the type of metaphor I needed to remind me why I don’t need this much space. I can nearly guarantee that when I’m trying to play real-life tetris in my tiny cabinets, I won’t be buying in excess. Since everything will have a definite space, I will know exactly where my one pair of scissors is at all times.

Something that has been a bit difficult to anticipate is how much of other things I should keep. Should I keep more dishrags because I won’t have a very big laundry machine, or should I only keep a few to save space? I am certain I will make the wrong decision about plenty of these things and have flea market regret within weeks of moving in, but I’m sticking to my no storage unit rule anyway. It’s all part of the adventure.



Tashina Monk is a hyperbolic know-it-all with three kids, a life partner and a cat. She writes on family topics including becoming debt-free, traveling, and healthy, conscious living.

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