Jan 18, 2017 · 3 minute read

By: Colleen Valles


The tiny house is ALMOST HERE! Tomorrow is the big day!

I can hardly stand it. I’m excited and nervous at the same time.

So a lot has gone into this. We’ve coordinated delivery of the house with when our fence guy could take down and rebuild the fence between us and our neighbors. We have to take it down because there’s not enough room between the fence and the eaves of my parents’ house along the side yard to fit the tiny house on its journey into the back yard. We also need to have it done quickly because we don’t want to leave our back yard or our neighbor’s open too long. So what’s happening is our fence guy took it down today (Wednesday), the house will get delivered on tomorrow morning, and the fence guy will rebuild the fence on Friday.

no fence
This is where our yard meets the neighbor’s

We also had to trim some trees. By “we” I mean my big brother.

tree trimming
Those are grapefruit and orange trees. They produce a ton of fruit.

Ah, logistics. Not fun to figure out, but at least they’re finally settled now.

Once we get the house delivered, it’s time to move in. And you’ll see by these photos that it’s going to be a little more difficult than I had estimated.

red cabinet
I’m keeping that red cabinet. I can’t vouch for the rest of the stuff.

I’m not keeping that lovely bookshelf.

This bookshelf isn’t staying. It’s hiding a couple of stacks of small boxes like the one to its left.

And then more boxes.

more boxes
There are a few more of these at my condo still. Yikes.

These are the before pictures. They’re the ones that show all the stuff we’ve packed up even after getting rid of dozens of boxes of stuff and almost all our large furniture.

If you compare this to the size of the house, you’ll see that if we move all this stuff in, we won’t be able to live in the house. Heh.

I don’t want to have to store my stuff outside of the house, and I’m absolutely NOT going to get a storage unit. I did buy a shed where my daughter and I keep our bikes and will keep my that awesome red cabinet, as well as the headboard and footboard of my bed and maybe our holiday decorations. These things are pieces I love and will use after we live in the tiny house (and maybe inside the tiny, if there’s room.) And the shed also serves as a garage for our bikes, which we plan to use much more after our move.

I’m pretty sure all this will be too much for the space. I really have no idea, though. I’ve looked online, and no one that I’ve found really addresses that. I mean, just how many standard small, medium and large moving boxes does it take? I realize it depends on the size and configuration of your house, but still, I wish I had a ballpark figure.

So now that there are before photos of what we’ve packed, once we move in, I’ll take photos of all the leftover boxes of stuff that didn’t fit.

Any bets on how many small moving boxes that will be? I don’t even want to imagine.

Be sure to follow me at to catch the Facebook Live videos of moving the tiny house into place and the walk-through before we move in and the walk-through after. Should be an interesting study!


Colleen Valles
I'm Colleen, a writer, mother, knitter, pet mama and tiny house enthusiast who truly believes that everybody should slow down and simplify to make room for the things that are most important in their lives. I'm on a journey to do just that, to be able to spend more time with family and friends, riding my bike and working in the garden. Sign up to get awesome content right in your inbox, or follow me on social media.