Single Mom Moves into TINY HOUSE VILLAGE w/ Daughter


Hi guys. Welcome back to my channel where I feature
tiny home and creative space tours. In today’s video, you’re going to meet a single mother
who decided to move out of the city and into a tiny house in the country
with her 10 year old daughter. We’re going to take a tour of their
vibrant tiny house and learn a little bit more about their big lifestyle change. I’m Erin and I’m Paulina
and this is our tiny house I decided to move into a tiny house with
my daughter because the apartment we were living in was a little too noisy
city and I was ready to get out of it and so I started looking for a new quieter, more country places to live and
I found Tiny house block online. I was really surprised. San Diego didn’t
have a tiny house community sooner. So as soon as I found
it, I jumped right on it. But I was looking for affordability
and when I found this place, I actually couldn’t believe how
affordable it was because it’s such a hip lifestyle that I did not expect
to find a place. So cute. In the price range that I was looking I’m able to save a few hundred dollars
a month, not just in the rent price. We’re on propane now, which the only thing that the propane
is used for is our water heater. We don’t need a lot of power to heat
the house because it’s so small. So I’ve only been here a month but
I can already tell I’m saving a ton. I just like how much nature there is a
here and how much time that there is to spend outside and stuff. I also like to go exploring
and hiking and it’s just, it’s just so cool. My friends
are actually very jealous of me. so when we came to tour tiny house block, the reason I chose this house is because
it’s the only one that has a balcony first of all. And I love the idea of sitting out on the
balcony and looking at the stars or in the morning drinking some coffee
and saying hi to my neighbors. I also really liked the bright colors. There’s no other house here that has the
same bright, happy look as mine does. And I just really identified with it. Hi guys. Come on into my tiny house. Here we’ve got our living room. It’s
a nice cozy atmosphere. I’ve set up, we don’t have a TV. What we just used is
one of our laptops. Set it right here, cuddle up on the couch with
some blankets and some popcorn. Have us a movie night.
We’ve got our coat rack, got our backpacks there because we do
travel into town every day to go to school and work. I do have a nine to five I do have this table that just kind of folds down and scoots out of the way and I’m going to
hide these stools right in here. It’s a pretty handy little thing to
have when you’ve got very little room. This was on Amazon. I ordered it
and it was delivered to my door. Over here we’ve got
Sabrina the skinny pig. I’m not sure if you know
what a skinny pig is, but she is a hairless Guinea pig and she
welcomes all who come through this door with some singing and hopping
around. She’s super adorable. Quick turn over here. I’ve got my pantry, I had to get a lot of Mason
jars because it just felt right. Mason jars in tiny houses.
It’s just a thing. Right, and I didn’t have a whole lot of counter
space. I only had this guy right here. If you notice, I don’t even
have an oven or a stove. So I added some counter space by adding
these covers over the sink and adding even a little folding table over here so
I can do some chopping and whatever for dinner. I do cook dinner
every single night. I use my air fryer as my oven as my
microwave and of course my deep fryer and I’ve got my handy water kettle here
and I do have a electric kettle, sorry, not an electric kettle,
a electric burner here. If I got something I
want to fry on the stove, we’ve got a full size fridge here. I
do love to cook, I cook every night, so I’ve got lots of ingredients
in there to play with. Lots of appliances up here, including my breakfast sandwich
maker for the mornings. That does come in handy when I’m trying
to pack lunches and get ready and get her ready for school at six in
the morning having a pour overset. So I just turn on my kettle and once
that’s hot I’d pour it right over in here and then it’s nice and out of the way. I don’t have a big clunky
coffee maker to have to use it. Most girls dream of a walking closet,
but we wanted a walk out closet. Our closet pulls right out and we take whatever we need and then
we push it right back in. This, uh, storage holds a lot of
stuff to my surprise. So I actually found myself putting stuff
in there thinking that I was going to have to get rid of it. I’ve got some linens here and
I’ve got some laundry room stuff, some garage stuff, but it all fits
nicely in here out of the way. So I don’t think it looks very
junky. It’s nice and out of sight, out of mind. Now, a lot of people are super interested
to see my bathroom because they think they’re going to see like a little
airplane bathroom or some tiny little tiny little shower. Slash. Toilet. But
that’s not the case with this house. We have just a regular bathroom,
full-size bath and shower, normal toilet and it’s just a nice
regular, regular cozy bathroom. This is my room and I get the bigger room
and because of that I share it with my pet snake named middles. He has a
mustache. You can’t see it right now, but the two scales in between his
nostrils make it look like a mustache. He’s a California King snake. Well, he’s really nice and friendly to
hang out with. So as you can see, this is my whole wall of
stuffed animals that I have. This is Hedgy and Pikachu
very special dolls of mine. I used to take them around
everywhere when I was younger. Over here I have more art supplies
because I do like doing art. I really just love to see all the
animals that live around here. We have a bird feeder in front of
our window and I like to see all the woodpeckers and blue Jays that
fly around. There is a woodpecker. There’s a bunch of them. This is my loft. You may notice there isn’t a bed up here
and that’s because my bed is a corner chair by day. It’s a three-part mattress that I’ve
pushed up against the corner to be a nice cozy chair to work on my laptop or a
on some ukulele and just relax and enjoy my tiny house. Also, I’ve
got the balcony right here. Just crawl right out. Oh, here you have the best
view at tiny house block. I am the only tiny house here that’s
got a balcony that can oversee all the neighbors. I can yell and say hi if
I’d like to, but I’m not that neighbor. I do have a telescope up here because
we do see gazillions of stars every single night,
including meteor showers. We could see shooting stars going by When I was my daughter’s age, I actually lived in a place much
like this and it was probably the happiest years of my childhood. And so this is really cool that I found
this place where I could offer the same atmosphere for my daughter to grow
up in and remember these years. And she’s a total animal
lover. She loves nature. And so this is just like
any other little girl, a Disney princess castle to live in.
And we are a couple of princesses. Well maybe, maybe a
couple of Pocahontas is me and about four other families living
here. And so far we’ve had two potlucks, two bonfires. We’ve had a couple of game nights
and it’s been really great and it’s, it’s been weird for me to get used to
having that community again cause I’m moving here from the inner city where
you didn’t really talk to your neighbors. So it’s really interesting. having to get used to that feeling
like I had when I was a little kid. I think now that I’m closer with my
mom because living in a tiny house, it’s just, you kind of have to
work together to figure things out. My favorite part about living in a tiny
house is how close we get to be because in the apartment that I came from, it was pretty big and I’d be in my room
and she’d be in her room and or I’d be in the kitchen and we didn’t really get
to be very close together unless we were just intentional about it.
Where as our tiny house, we are just constantly
right next to each other. Even when we’re in our separate rooms, we’re just in loft so we can just shout
out to each other and see each other and, and, and have a
nice, have a nice chat. Cause we’re just right close to
each other. She’s teaching me a lot. I’m teaching her a lot, we’re teaching each other and
it’s just a really fun experience. I think my advice for living
in a tiny home for moms is, uh, you don’t need to have that much stuff. You’ll find yourself
constantly putting things away. You’ll realize maybe
I have too much stuff. And as you start to get rid of some of
those things that you find yourself not really even needing, you’ll find that you’re just fine with
just the basic necessities and just having each other. I
think when I get older, I’m going to want to live definitely
someplace in the woods somewhere because really there’s not that
much stuff you need. Make sure to check out my website for
more tiny house stories like this one and check back every Friday for a new video.

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