So Sorry Tumbleweed Fans!

It seems the monkeys that run our email system have taken a little break. Some of you may be receiving multiple emails from us. We apologize for that. We hope to have this super-annoying problem fixed soon. Just as soon as these guys get back to work (and we figure out what in the name of cheesecake is happening with our system). Thanks for your patience.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — April 18, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20122   Business  

The Virtual Tumbleweed Contest - Top 10 {WINNER!}

Thanks for making this super hard! So many good boards! After some tough deliberations, here are the Top 10 boards in alphabetical order. Click on each image to visit the board:











Leave your vote in the comments below. The winner will be announced on Friday April 13th, 2012 at 5:00 pm PST. UPDATE: The winner is Missy Gresen. Thanks all for playing along. We will be featuring more Pinterest boards in the future.

The winner will receive an autographed copy of the Small House Book, a copy of the DIY book, a set of Popomo & Zinn tiny house plans and our limited edition Hollyhock poster.


Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — April 18, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20122   See a tiny house  

An Open House in Washington D.C.

We have so many fans who have attended a Tumbleweed Workshop and send us pictures of their tiny houses. We love how these fans have gone into a workshop with a dream and turned that into a reality. One fan recently came to us with so much more. Lee Pera attended a workshop on the East Coast and was so inspired by what she learned that she organized a group of people to build a row of tiny houses in Washington D.C.(We will share an interview with her soon!)

Lee and her group just closed on a parcel of land on which they will all build their tiny houses together. She is such an inspiration to us that we were delighted when she agreed to host an open house on April 14-15 in D.C. featuring the Fencl. Her motivation and drive is contagious and if you dream of building a tiny house community, she is full of ideas and practical knowledge. This group of builders will host the open house on one of the largest community gardens in D.C. which just broke ground in March.

We will keep you updated on her group's progress over the coming months and we have some special upcoming events with Lee that you won't want to miss. For now, sign up for the open house on our Facebook event page and be sure to share the event link with your Facebook friends!

Click here to sign up. 

Written by Bridget Thornton — April 06, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20122   See a tiny house  

How To Completely Simplify your Wardrobe Right Now.

I'm Alex Pino from Tiny House Talk and on this blog post I'm going to show you how to simplify your wardrobe right now, if you want to. It's up to you whether you commit to doing it or not, but this is a super easy way to do it which has worked for me and a bunch of other people I know. On April 14-15, 2012, I'll be a guest speaker at Tumbleweed's tiny house workshop with Derek “DEEK” Diedricksen and I'll be sharing more tips on simplifying there.

Step 1: Find Your Outcome

What do you want your wardrobe to be like? If you're like me, you crave a closet that is super simple and only contains what you absolutely love and want to use. So let's make it happen! Visualize that picture in your mind of YOUR closet... Simplified. With only the clothes that makes you happy and feels comfy.

Step 2: Gather Favorites

I'm going to make this super easy for you. All you have to do to find your favorite clothes is get ALL of your laundry done. Be sure it's empty and that all of your clothes are put away completely. Do it today. Right now, if you can. Come on, if you're home.. go get that laundry done. For the next 3-4 days whatever lands in your laundry basket are your favorites. These are the clothes you want to be sure to keep. The rest, is questionable and needs to be piled in categories.

Step 3: Create Keep/Give/Sell Piles

Alright so you've got your favorites safely kept away. This should only be 3-4 days worth of clothes. The rest is just too much! If you're in a tiny house, you don't need THAT much clothes! Now set up three piles.

Keep Pile

Seasonal clothing goes in your keep file along with whatever else you might need on occasion. This might not be everyday clothes, but ones that you'd miss if you got rid of because you NEED them. You're probably going to run into lots of sentimental clothing items that you DON'T NEED. If you want, keep them in storage. But another option is to “digitalize” them by taking a photo you can keep and then emailing it to yourself and keeping it in your email archive. This way you can look at it whenever/wherever.

Give Pile

Your give pile is for clothes that's pretty worn and of pretty low value. You can also use the give pile if you don't want to spend that much time doing this because selling your clothes for money takes a little bit of extra effort. You can take this pile to a church, Salvation Army, and a number of other places, neighborhoods, family members, friends in need, and organizations that help.

Sell Pile

Alternatively you can sell your slightly used clothing in a number of ways. You can have a garage/yard sale or you can list your clothing one by one on eBay to get a few dollars for each item. You can also drop your clothes off at a resale/consignment shop specifically for pre-owned clothes.

Step 4: Take Action and Finish!

Now that you've got your piles you're ready to begin taking action. Store the clothes that you're keeping and begin to process your give and sell piles until you've finished. If you have a lot of clothes to shed off, simply pace yourself. Some people need a month or two because they have so much while others can do it all in a weekend. If you want to join us in Miami for the April 14-15, 2012 tiny house workshop click here to register and I'll look forward to seeing you there. If you want to learn more about me, you can visit my about page on Tiny House Talk, where I've been blogging about tiny houses, simple living, and achieving more freedom since 2009.

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Alex Pino is an authorized Tumbleweed Tiny House affiliate. He blogs about tiny houses and minimalism at Tiny House Talk. He will speak at our upcoming Miami workshop. Get your tickets here.

Written by Alex Pino — April 06, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20122   Build it yourself  

Kendall Ronzano on TEDxYouth

Watch Kendall at TEDx explain her belief in the power of ideas. Honestly, I think you'll be really impressed with her drive, creativity and ingenuity. Check out her site and the Lusby tiny house plans.

Written by Brett Torrey Haynes — April 06, 2012

Filed under: 2012   20123   In the News  

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