{Today's Letters}

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Today's Letters: Dear Mr. Loerke, last night you said you were excited to one day teach our boys how to pee on Cheerios. What the what? "Targets, every boy needs targets." Dear SHIH's 2010 Calendar, you were my favorite free download of the year. Seeing only 2 months left is like eating the last PEZ: UTTER DEVASTATION. Dear Tiny Dream Home, pretty sure you're the most brilliantly designed 250 sq feet I've ever seen. Thanks for reminding me that there are only two ways to be satisfied: continue to accumulate more or desire less. Dear Husband, yesterday you performed 3 successful intubations and learned how to do subcutaneous sutures. YOU ARE MY HERO.

What's one thing you love about your tiny space? (See pics of Casa de Loerke here).

And a special thanks to all of you who left sweet comments, sent emails, and wrote us letters regarding {Our Story}. What a humbling experience it's been to see our mess be used as an encouragement to others! XOXO

21 comments:

Han said...

Your Space: I love the giving tree.

My Space: I love the funky kitchen and the comfy chair in the living room - we are getting a new sofa in two weeks ish and I want to get a comfy curl up in chair if there is spare money

PK said...

My husbands favorite part of having a tiny home is the fact that he can vacuum using only one plug-in. I love that we were able to paint our walls (being renters) and the tree that my mom painted on our living room wall.

Something weird: The hubs and I were just talking this morning on the way to work how we wanted to build a tiny lil' place to live in while we finish school. The Tiny Little Dream Home was EXACTLY what we were describing!

Michelle said...

My tiny space? All 600 square feet and two bedrooms worth of house? It's ridiculously affordable. Really very cheap. I am blessed to have a house so affordable and exactly where I need to be in the city I live in. The fireplace and built in cupboards in the kitchen are an added bonus.

Scatterbox said...

Don't be surprised if you come home one day and your Sesame Street sign is gone. Just sayin'. Sleep with one eye open.

Moving to California this year, our space actually doubled, for better or for worse, but I still purged before coming here (I loathe excess crap). I do very much miss being able to clean the entire joint from top to bottom in just 2-3 hours, though. Congrats on making it on the AT site!

Ingrid Blanchette said...

we just moved out of our teeny tiny converted garage apartment(it was uber charming) but i miss our teeny tiny kitchen the most. we both love to cook and everything seemed to taste better because there was so much love in it while cooked in a small space.

there is a swedish saying that i use all the time that i wanted to share...

'finns det hjärterum så finns det stjärterum'

translation...

'if there is room for the heart then there is room for the butt'

R said...

we love tiny spaces! our current situation is one wife, one husband, a five year-old, a three year-old, and an 18 month-old in a two-bedroom duplex. i love that it's relatively easy to keep house, and me and husby love that we always know where the children are. :0) nowhere to hide here! ha!

'there are only two ways to be satisfied: continue to accumulate more or desire less'...LOVE IT. will probably steal it!

Shandell said...

my favorite thing about our tiny home is the cozy feel of always being close to everyone in the house. There's no possibility of hiding in a corner somewhere out of shouting distance.

Thanks for the reminder that bigger doesn't mean better. heart you!

Brandon & Catherine said...

I want to live in your house, by the way. We got something bigger than we needed in anticipation of children, and as a result I have more room than I know how to decorate! Still searching for a way to bring it all together, so to speak, while also trying to be more minimalist/simple. One thing we are trying to implement at our house (in addition to the love it need it use it mantra) is to try to purchase primarily replacements, not additions. New pair of shoes? Gotta find a pair to give away!

annie h. said...

i stinkin' love your space! it's sooo cute and looks very welcoming. i love when you walk into a space and feel like you are at home, and you feel like the people want the place to be your home. it's wonderful.

annnnd guess what em?!?! i am off to SLO tomorrow :-D

Teresa said...

No joke. Two of my favorite things come crashing together. You guys and AT! I enjoyed taking a peek inside the space. Good luck.

My favorite thing about our small space? It's ours.

We recently doubled in size and got all our stuff back - so it's really not so small any more. {from 1LDK and 2 six tatami mat rooms, abt 480sqft, --> to 900sq ft now}

Kim said...

I wish I could downsize. I would knock about 1000 square feet off our home. We have 2 rooms that are completely useless. When we built the house, we thought we would use them. Plus our daughter has moved out and she is so rarely home that really we have 3 rooms we're not using. 2130 square feet is a lot of space to keep clean. I dislike it a thousand times.

Your place, on the other hand, is amazing!!

Brooke said...

Frank - cheerio targets ARE a must for boys, so says my Mother-in-law. She also encourages pee bubbles to which, as I've told you, the hubs still does to this day! T-tiny homes = a happier more connected family unit. Love that my boyz share a room and are besties. Enjoying it while it lasts. We have 1600 sq ft and use every inch of it. xo

brlracincwgrl said...

Pee on cheerios!? Oh my goodness, too funny! Love it!

Tiny space = cozy :)

Anonymous said...

Ping pong balls (or table tennis balls) are great for boys to aim at in the toilet as they don't flush

yourstruly said...

First, one year I had a parent bring piddlers to my classroom as if I had time to throw one into the toilet everytime a student rushed to the bathroom. Look up piddlers toilet targets and you will see what I am talking about. Great for home, not for the classroom!

Second, my favorite thing about my space is the desk/vanity my husband bought me for my bday this year. I had always wanted a place to sit down and get all dolled up and a place that I could sit for my Quiet Time and write letters/correspondence. The mid-section folds up with a mirror and has a well where I keep my make-up and stuff. The ottoman seat stores all of my stationary and cards. It's my favorite.

Shannon

Today's Letters said...

han, a good napping chair is a must. we have a love seat instead of a sofa (due to our small condo) so it sometimes feels like an overstuffed chair. hope you're able to get one!

pk, the one plug vacuuming is AMAZING! we can still do it, even in 750 sq ft. you guys carpool. i love it. it really is amazing the things you can live without. here's to one day owning tiny spaces that clear the clutter in our lives.

michelle, i've always wanted a fireplace in our kitchen. it's encouraging to hear that you've learned to love your small space!

scatterbox, it was stolen off a dock at the lake of the ozarks by my papa back in the 80's. it is a legit street sign and one of my favorite things in our house. will sleep with one eye open ;)

ingrid, i love your swedish saying! so true when it comes to galley kitchens and small spaces.

r, 5 bodies in a 2 bedroom duplex. this reminds me of the scene in charlie and the chocolate factory when all the family members sleep in the same bed. love it.

little, bigger doesn't always mean better. we downsized form 1200 to 750 and couldn't be happier. and i still know we could live with less! xoxo

brandon & catherine, purchase replacements instead of additions. i like it. we function similarly. we buy a new fleece give one away. you get a new tshirt, you give one away. it's served us well in our tiny space.

sweet annie, slo? welcome home! so happy for you. please go to the farmers market and eat olallieberry pie for me.

teresa, nothing like having a space that's yours. we can't wait!

kim, so many of our empty nest friends are downsizing for that very reason. i love it that you were able to build your own house though. we'd love to build one day.

mike, i should have know you'd have secrets when it comes to man pee. ps, still need to get dinner on the calendar. maybe the boys can make bubbles.

brl, it's true! makes sense since they float. the things you learn with boys ...

anony, really? ping pong balls? i had no idea. something tells me your a dad or just maybe a really creative mama. either way, i like your trick.

shannon, piddlers. this kid thing opens up a whole new world to me. btw, your desk sounds amazing. what a thoughtful gift from your mr.

Michelle said...

Emily! I don't have fireplace IN my kitchen although the house is small enough that it's close enough TO the kitchen. I've lived in aquite big house and tiny tiny apartments (with a very young child. The space doesn't make the home.

Teresa said...

:) ours is also rented and not owned...
so, maybe someday for us too
sorry for being confusing
we live in a dorm in our 30s which is all kinds of fun

SHinH said...

ok, ok... just for you we promise to letterpress a 2011 version of our calendar and offer it as a download! stay tuned...
http://www.somethingshidinginhere.com/

Today's Letters said...

shauna & stephen, are you SERIOUS?? you have no idea how many fist pumps are leg kicks are being thrown at casa de loerke this morning! xoxo

Amanda said...

We just recently moved to New York and downsized quite a bit, but we love it! I love that it is so quick and easy to clean, and I love that it forced us to get rid of so much unnecessary stuff. And small spaces are just so stinkin cozy!

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