The other day, I was bumbling around on Pinterest, pinning DIY Christmas decorations and printables (more on that in another post), and somehow pictures of natural decorations made from branches and foliage led to images of outdoor adventures and camping, until I finally stumbled across the image on the top right; I clicked on the picture of a tiny cabin, and was taken through to an Apartment Therapy tour of a tiny DIY self-sustainable home. Build on 20,000 acres of land by Tim and Hannah’s own fair hands, it features salvaged materials, a refrigerator made from a cooler and ice-packs, and a kitchen counter made from an RV table, and it really got me thinking about what we want in a house long-term.
One of my favourite sayings is that you should treasure experiences, and not things, and I constantly find myself fighting against the ‘norm’ of wanting more electricals, more cars, luxury holidays and massive houses. I’ve said so many times that my idea of heaven is living off-grid, growing our own food and being as self-sufficient as possible – our planet has a finite amount of resources, and I want us to be able to do as much as we can to limit our impact on it. For now, that’s having a composter, growing a few veg and some flowers, recycling the shit out of everything and limiting our consumption as much as possible, but I’m really hoping that over the next couple of years we can start saving for something a bit more sustainable.
I’m really taken with the idea of the tiny house movement; cosy cabins and tiny cottages with clever storage space, attic skylights and VELUX windows that are perfect for stargazing, lots and lots of plants and beautiful wooden floors. We’re really big fans of nature and the outdoors, and being surrounded by forest or coastline is the real dream; somewhere the kiddos can explore and adventure, make treehouses and dens, gather flowers and sticks, paddle, swim, run and climb. The whole ‘less-is-more’ thing seems to be gathering momentum, and there are some great resources online for sustainable living and the tiny house movement, the benefits of nature for children (I’ve just started reading Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv, which talks about childrens relationships with nature, and how these relationships are becoming increasingly strained – I’m only a chapter or so in, but I’d recommend it for anyone interested in forest schools or the benefits of the outdoors), and there are loads of great seasonal posts around at the moment about reclaiming Christmas and celebrating the season and each other rather than piles of presents (the one over at Seeds and Stitches is REALLY good).
I’d love to hear from anyone else interested in sustainable living and the outdoors – do say hello if this is you!