Taking the Heat

I’ve lived in the tiny house for a month now and I’m still a little giddy every morning when I wake up. I’ve settled into some routines that work well for me and it’s feeling more and more like home. A friend helped me fetch my oh-so-comfy Savvy Rest latex foam mattress from Walla Walla where I’d stored it with a friend for a few weeks while I settled in. It’s 10 inches tall, which reduces the headroom when I sit up in the loft, but it’s so luxurious I’m perfectly okay with it. It’s such a cozy spot, especially on chilly mornings.

Out of sheer stubbornness I decided I wasn’t going to turn the heat on until November. It’s the 2nd of November now and I’m really grateful for the heat. I’ll take it! Brittany installed a propane boat heater but she said she actually preferred using the electric oil radiator heater on wheels, so that’s what I’ve used today. It’s been nice and toasty. I think the heater will become part of my daily routine, too.

Each day I crack the windows top and bottom to provide good ventilation while I’m out since there isn’t an exhaust fan in the house. Brittany had trouble with condensation last year, so per her request I’m also running a tiny dehumidifier. When it fills up (which happens about once a week) I use the contents of the little pail to water my two house plants.
I do a load of laundry at my host house once a week. When the weather is nice enough to dry clothes outside I do. I haven’t tried line drying inside the tiny house because of the moisture management issues, but I might give it a go now that I’m using heat again. I do have a five-line retractable clothes line I could run between the lofts.
The water heater is a four gallon tank instead of an on-demand model. I don’t figure I need it on when I’m not using it, so I flip the water heater on when I get up in the morning. I do my cooking early in the day and pack food to eat in between classes. I turn the water heater off before I leave for school so it isn’t using up propane during the day while I’m gone or over night while I’m sleeping.
Tidying up the house goes pretty quickly since everything is close at hand. I put things back in their places, wipe down the counters, shake the rugs, sweep the floor. It only takes about fifteen minutes!
And I don’t need to deal with the least favorite of chores: cleaning the shower. The tiny house does have a shower but I haven’t used it since I have access to the gym on campus. I bike to school several times a week which takes me about an hour since I’m a slow poke. When I get there I shower and get ready for class. I like that the tiny house has a shower and if I wasn’t going to shower at the gym almost every day anyway I think I’d probably be using the one here. Instead I’m using it as a closet. The shower curtain rod works perfectly well for clothes hangers and it makes the bathroom a sweet little dressing room.
It’s such a good Little Life!
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