Hi guys. Jenna here with
Tiny house, Giant journey. And one of the biggest questions I get
about living in a tiny house is if you could possibly do it with a family. Well, I interviewed a family of five living
in a tiny space that’s less than 400 square feet. So let’s go see what they have to share. I’m Kim, I’m Raul and this is our
house. It’s awesome. They are known as the tiny house kids
and so everybody wants to come and have play dates as our house versus
their house and sleep over. It’s a small space, maybe not sleepovers, but no more than we had
in the bigger house. I owned a business for over nine years
and I sold it in 2016 and we decided to do something a little crazy.
We sold our house pretty much, got rid of everything we owned and built
a tiny house so that we could come up to see the Pacific Northwest
without a mortgage, You have to do it just to do it
I guess I’ll go along for the ride so. right now we are on seven acres.
There’s a house not too far away. And so we’re basically sharing the space. Well this is the kitchen area and this
is basically where kids hang out mostly cause we kind cook like a team and we
have three kids so we have a lot of cooking. We have a dishwasher that
is hidden that is now steaming. Oh it is a hidden dishwasher.
Hidden dishwasher. not very organized drawers but
we have tons of space for stuff, lots of collapsible stuff. We hire children
to do most of our housekeeping. So when you were designing this space
were you like I need a big kitchen cause I have three kids and
a big husband who eats a lot, but I really like to cook too. So this is, pretty much most of
the house is food and kitchen. We’ve got four burner cooktop. So I made Thanksgiving and
Christmas dinner here we
have an oven so I can cook a turkey in here or whatever we need.
This is propane and this is electric. So if the power goes out, we can at least have coffee and
cook things on the stove top. More random storage space
here. Our Christmas tree, I don’t know many tiny houses that have
a Christmas tree, but it rolls out. So it’s collapsible. Yeah. And then
you’d hang it on the wall windows. So this is our Smeg. Um,
it’s a Charming refrigerator. Um, so this kind of, I designed
the whole house around it. So the yellow and the door and
stuff were kind of inspired by this. Um, it’s like an apartment size, so we
can fit quite a bit of food in there. The freezer really sucks. You
can’t fit anything in it. So, but it looks pretty, it’s pretty.
So that’s all that really matters. And then here’s our stairs
storage. It’s got my apron. As you tell tons of food and stuff,
it goes really deep in there. So we try to minimize our shoes. But if everybody gets two pairs
of shoes or three pairs of shoes, that’s still ends up being
at least 15 pairs of shoes. So we use this space for all of our
shoes and boots. And flip flops. you like living in our tiny house? Yeah. Tell me what you like about living
in the tiny house. Before we had our separate rooms, but now they each have our own room and
play together more and we can have more family time. So a washer, the dryer we
looked at like the all-in-one, but I’ve heard that they take a really
long time to dry and you have to do like half a size load. And with us and
five of us always doing laundry. So this was easier for us. When
you have kids in a tiny house, everybody always asks, how do we have
adult time? You turn on the dryer. that’s all I’m gonna say. It’s
a kind of a loud machine. We bought it for its decibel levels.
And it shakes houses a tiny bit. So our bathtub is going
to be remodeled soon. So we have a modified horse drop. We are going to eventually make this
tiled and make it into like a two shower kind of thing. Composting toilets with instruction guide
because we have a lot of kids coming in, you know, to play in stuff. So we always have to remind them to
read the directions because little kids don’t intuitively know how to
use the composting toilets. And some adults are confused by
it as well. What goes where? And we’ve had a few mishaps
I’m sure, all around though. Do you like this toilet? Yeah, it takes some getting used to. as a family of five
we have to empty it probably more than most people. It’s like every
three and a half weeks. It’s three and a half weeks.
Tell me about these glasses. So I have a glasses obsession and
I have a business where I sell glasses so I found that thing on Etsy. I thought it was really cool so I can
hang all my glasses on there and have, be able to pick and choose and
not have the cases and everything. We keep all of our clothes here. So all
of this is Raul, all of this is me. Um, we kind of have to do capsule
wardrobe type stuff. So you know, seasonal to kind of rotate
out. Is that your only closet? This is our only closet
besides the hanging stuff
here. That’s Raul’s. But yeah, all of my stuff is there and
then all of his stuff is there. You both
climb up without having to bend down? Well I’m going to get about this far. I’m
shorter than him. How tall are you Raul? I’m 6’4 The tiny house is called, Idris which is an homage to Dr. Who, Which is a very obscure
Dr. Who reference, there’s probably one guy and going,
Oh I totally know what that is. I have to sacrifice half
of my cool nerd tee shirts. He didn’t want to get rid of them. So he had like 30-40 nerd shirts. So we put it into a quilt.
These are actually diapers. Super Mario themed baby diapers
and we couldn’t get rid of. So we decided to convert them into
part of our quilt. You wore this when River was born. This is River’s newborn like dress. She wore my little pony. Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars,
Goonies. That’s kinda neat though. You like have memories based on all of
these and you didn’t get rid of them. Instead you turn it into something else. Lord Vader, his dark majesty, he’s fierce right? He’s, he
could totally be evil, right? No, we can’t be evil. We don’t have any special
tiny house couch or anything. We just have your regular Ikea
couch because kids ruin everything. I didn’t want to build something and then
have somebody draw with a marker all over it and then have to redo it. Pillows
kind of going with our same theme. They’re all nerd shirts.
This is my wedding dress.
And they made it into a bear. So since I didn’t have anywhere to
store it, I had to make it into a bear. And this is Raul’s He wore a green lantern
shirt under his tux. So that’s the green
lantern shirt that he wore. So it was hard for you to get
rid of all your nerd stuff, but you did keep books and games. And
comic books and I kept all my favorite stuff. There are some standouts
that I loved very much. RPG game, gaming books. A lot of them are rare so
you can’t find them anywhere. So Raul would not compromise on the, well no he did. I did compromise. We had a 60 we had a 70 in our other house so he
did downsize and I found these things and they’re called you hide it I think. Yeah. And I found them on Amazon and so they’re
mouths for all of his game stuff so we can hang the controllers
and hang his game stuff. So it doesn’t actually take
up any space anywhere else. So that really kind of helped me
let him keep all of that stuff. We have the standard Ikea tiny
house table. That everybody has. We have six chairs that are hung on the
wall so we can seat six at the table. We open it up and then we usually
put it like in the middle area. We’ve even had house
parties here. Where like, we just put a bunch of food on the table. We’ve had 20-25 people and it gets
really cramped. I mean, but I mean it’s like an
apartment party. But if you don’t like the person don’t invite them. Exactly. You have to really like
the people that you invite. Right. So this is the kid’s
room. This is all toys. This is all clothes and
then books and stuff. And then we go to the library and all
that. This is our oldest son’s bed, so he stays up here and
got pillows and blankets. This is the middle kid’s bed and then
the baby has a trundle bed that we can pull out and it goes all the way
out. Then we’re able to put it back. What’s cool about this is that they are
forced to clean their room every day because they have to put the bed up and
then they have to clear off the floor in order to pull the bed out. So it
forces them to clean their room. How much time do you think
it takes to clean your room? Like 10 minutes. And do you do it every day? Uh, At some point we planned to
put like curtains here to
kind of give them a little bit of privacy and then we do have a
plan for a bigger tidy that would be like 500 square feet. Well, it’s nice as we’re saving money every
cause we don’t have mortgage so we get a lot into
savings to build our house. So we plan to build that outright and
not have a mortgage on that house. Yeah. So cool. By the time Jackson’s 13 we’re
gonna start planning his tiny house, that’s one of our main goals. And we want them to go to school debt
free and not having to worry where he’s gonna live until the moment. Any tips for anyone who wants to live
in a tiny house with the children? I would say lots of food storage, making sure you have room for
toys and clothes and shoes, some food, mostly food. They do eat a
lot of things. Uh, shoes, shoes. Make sure you like your
children and your wife. It’s really great to see how a family of five can
live in such a small space and really make it work. So if you liked this video,
make sure to like share and subscribe. And until next time
I’ll see you guys later.

Family of 5 Downsize to a Nerdy Tiny House with No Mortgage
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100 thoughts on “Family of 5 Downsize to a Nerdy Tiny House with No Mortgage

  • July 24, 2017 at 6:43 pm
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    "Make sure you like your kids, and your wife before living in a Tiny House"…. I'd call that good advice!

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  • September 9, 2019 at 1:12 am
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    Smeg is Italian…πŸ˜‘

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  • September 9, 2019 at 12:07 pm
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    Adorable family! Nerd stuff πŸ‘πŸ»

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  • September 9, 2019 at 6:42 pm
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    its mad yaar….come on what nonsense is dis….

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  • September 9, 2019 at 8:37 pm
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    Oh….I thought at first they had five kids…

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  • September 10, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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    The parents have such a great sense of humor and I'm glad the kids will learn to have good humor too.

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  • September 11, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    This is exactly the tiny house tour I was looking for! I see lots with a single parent & teenager or a couple with one or two small children, but have never seen one with a couple and a few school age children. They make it look quite do-able! Perhaps their fun personalities help, but this was fun to watch.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 2:21 am
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    Back in the day it was called a shed !!!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:56 am
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    I love these people! So down to earth and cool. The house is such an inspiration too. Thank you for this video. I wish you all the best.

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  • September 19, 2019 at 10:03 am
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    The oldest boy looks like a girl and the girl named river I have a classmate called rover but he is a boy wth btw I'm trying to be mean

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  • September 21, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    Why does the dad remind me of Zach in Gilmore girls? πŸ˜‚

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  • September 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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    I LOVE the adult time laundry solution.

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  • September 23, 2019 at 11:25 pm
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    That Dude He's 6.4
    I'd have whipped my designer for that claustrophobic bedroom.

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  • September 26, 2019 at 4:32 am
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    I love the quilt! They seem very happy with their home, that’s what matters.

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  • September 27, 2019 at 2:27 am
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    So very tiny house 🏑

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  • September 27, 2019 at 7:46 pm
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    Star wars MONoplay. XD πŸ˜… ✌️

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  • September 28, 2019 at 1:35 am
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    Ya'll are effing awesome!! Nuff said πŸ˜†πŸ’Ÿ

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  • September 28, 2019 at 5:25 pm
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    My puppy is called vader too

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  • September 29, 2019 at 3:37 am
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    8:33 pause and you will see it 🧸🧸

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  • September 30, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    Guauu!!, Es un verdadero HOGAR!!, y uds, un matrimonio a todo terreno!. Hermoso todos, Dios los bendiga SIEMPRE!. Saludos desde Chile πŸ‡¨πŸ‡±β€ΌοΈ

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  • October 4, 2019 at 1:42 am
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    The woman looks like the babysitter from the live action cat in the hat movie

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  • October 9, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    Omg doctor who, wait so did they name they're daughter after River Song coz that would be the most amazing thing ever.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    i have a family of 11 we could never πŸ˜‚

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  • October 13, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    i tried to find her business online…cant find it?!

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  • October 16, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    THIS AN INSPIRING, HAPPY AND DARLING FAMILY WITH A BEAUTIFUL HOME! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  • October 17, 2019 at 12:41 am
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    Love this family! Wish I could come visit, they have what we used to call the β€œKool Aid” house, where all the kids go to hang out! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ They should do a reality show, they are adorable! πŸ’

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  • October 22, 2019 at 10:53 am
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    I love this couple chemistry! They so fun Lmaoo

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  • October 22, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    Aww her husband looks so lovingly at her πŸ™‚

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  • October 29, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    Watching this again for the first time in a year. Again, I am falling in love with tiny houses

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  • October 31, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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    SMEG is italian, not german. πŸ˜€

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  • November 3, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    The girl that is 11 looks 7

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  • November 4, 2019 at 3:20 am
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    I don’t know. I love the idea but I’d really have to wrap my mind around how little space it is. I hated apartments that were too small. And don’t mention little ones. Sheesh… I know it saves plenty of money though.

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  • November 4, 2019 at 6:45 am
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    What did she use to mount the game consoles?

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  • November 5, 2019 at 10:54 pm
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    This house looks big on the outside, BUT ON THE INSIDE, ooooooh!

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  • November 6, 2019 at 11:15 am
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    While it varies from person to person. The minmum amount of space a single person can live in before they start suffering psychological problems is around 300 to 400 sq ft. There are 5 of them good Lord! I'm all for simple living but this looks like torment to me. Especially if your claustrophobic.

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  • November 6, 2019 at 6:42 pm
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    s pee sart

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  • November 7, 2019 at 1:42 am
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    Where in the Pacific Northwest are you? Was it receptive?

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  • November 7, 2019 at 3:08 am
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    That house is a lot bigger than I have seen

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  • November 8, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    How big can a tiny house get until it's not considered tiny anymore :/

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  • November 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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    Love the Dr Who reference

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  • November 14, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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    She don’t like her husband talking lol, lovely family..

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  • November 15, 2019 at 6:20 am
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    Loving that happy happy yellow

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  • November 16, 2019 at 11:07 am
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    Omg this family is so cute. And I want the ikea table too ahaha

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  • November 16, 2019 at 7:09 pm
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    I love that I search tiny house family of 5 n they are like my family lol

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  • November 17, 2019 at 4:27 am
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    Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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  • November 17, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    You should always ask what the cost of the home was because most people who watch these vids are considering the possibility

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  • November 18, 2019 at 1:34 am
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    Nice couple, but no…
    The kids don't have space. At all!
    And no space for the dresses.
    So, absolutely πŸ‘ŽπŸ‘ŽπŸ‘Ž

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  • November 19, 2019 at 2:03 pm
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    so if Idris is a doctor who reference I know for a FACT River is too

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  • November 22, 2019 at 6:59 am
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    what a beautiful family

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  • November 23, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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    You should have brought the dog with you

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  • November 24, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    Hey! I'm that one guy that gets the obscure Doctor Who reference. A TARDIS blue tiny house named Idris… I need to be friends with these people.
    Also Idris comes from one of my FAVORITE episodes of Doctor Who.

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  • November 24, 2019 at 10:41 pm
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    Composting toilet No please, No for me

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  • November 26, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    seems like nice people to be aroundπŸ˜‚πŸ‘

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  • November 26, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    Fat Thor is homeless now?

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  • November 28, 2019 at 5:08 pm
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    I wonder what they eat.
    Do they go into the woods at night and hunt bears?

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  • November 30, 2019 at 5:53 am
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    WOoooooW they all fit in there even the super awesome but extremely tall dad. And the place looks so comfy !

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  • November 30, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    Dude looks and sounds exactly like The Dude! Cute family.

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  • December 1, 2019 at 4:56 am
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    This couple is so cute.

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  • December 1, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    FINALLY, A PROPER COMFY COUCH!

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  • December 2, 2019 at 1:14 am
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    OH MY…they are adorable and their tiny home is Perfect!!! xo

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  • December 3, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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    These are two beautiful people in a beautiful home with their child this could not be any more perfect ! I love the refrigerator I love the layout of this house it's working it's functional and you can tell Mommy is definitely the boss ..She knows every inch of her house and where everything should be ! I love this house I will design mine around all the videos I see but I'm going to see a lot of stuff from this one LOL

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  • December 7, 2019 at 5:58 am
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    Hahaha "because the dude does abide!" Lmao

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  • December 8, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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    Yes cool when the kids are young, lots of love in that family . But yea definitely would need more space when they are teens lol

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  • December 9, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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    is jackson a guy or girl i honestly cant tell

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  • December 13, 2019 at 3:55 am
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    Love them

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  • December 13, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    One word. Shadowhunters.

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  • December 17, 2019 at 2:12 am
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    I’d just be worried about intimacy with the husband πŸ˜…

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  • December 18, 2019 at 3:31 am
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    Saw them on tv. Fun people!

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  • December 19, 2019 at 9:43 am
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    sorry but….lame

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  • December 19, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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    I love this family. I wish they vlogged.

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  • December 20, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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    a great herd of nerd! lol love it.

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  • December 20, 2019 at 3:04 pm
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    Very cool people, admire and respect them for starting a family. still not for me but im glad it works for them

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  • December 22, 2019 at 3:42 am
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    Oh love your family how can I fine them to fallow them the dad reminds me of Jeff Danials the way he talks an the movie dumb an dumber

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  • December 23, 2019 at 3:00 am
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    Pink eye much πŸ˜‚

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  • December 23, 2019 at 3:04 am
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    Great idea to change shirts and dresses into things. Fabulous idea!!!

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  • December 25, 2019 at 4:57 am
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    one of my most fav families lol :))))))))

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  • December 26, 2019 at 2:44 am
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    The kids are really cute

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  • December 26, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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    I LOVE how they made the shirts into pillows and that quilt!

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  • December 26, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    I love Kim's dress!

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  • December 28, 2019 at 5:01 am
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    Love couple who both have sense of humor

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  • December 28, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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    That's rude and inconsiderate. Your children whenever they hear that dryer they have to know their parents are ……. more than they would want to know and shouldn't know disgusting…..

    Sooo … you can't stand up in the bedroom? Well at some point your bodies will change with age and inevitable illnesses. Children/ teens think they're invincible and plan poorly for the future.
    This is short term. Good for emergency or vacation. The PLUS they certainly love each other.

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  • December 29, 2019 at 12:18 am
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    Very sweet couple

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  • December 29, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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    the woman has a unique personality

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  • December 29, 2019 at 10:58 pm
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    Great parents! Great family!

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  • December 30, 2019 at 4:13 am
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    What a cool couple

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  • December 30, 2019 at 9:37 am
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    NO. GET THE KIDS THEIR OWN DAMN PRIVATE ROOMπŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£πŸ—£

    wtffff???🀦

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  • December 30, 2019 at 9:37 am
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    Horrible i hate this one
    Those kids deserve so much more

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  • December 31, 2019 at 11:35 am
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    OMG I love this family! Such joy at having learned to live in a small space together and also be mortgage free. I loved their realistic expectations and also the idea of saving beloved items in unusual ways like the quilt and cushions. I love it when there's a story behind things plus great space saving gadgets.

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  • January 1, 2020 at 12:48 am
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    Roll-out Christmas tree. The fridge… the freezer sucks, but it's pretty, and that's all that really matters. Downsized TV… from 70 to 60 inches… Made stuffed animals from wedding attire… Tips? Have lots of space for food and shoes, oh and for shoes and food! And shoes! That doggo… God, I love these people!

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  • January 3, 2020 at 10:46 pm
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    What happens if a person or two farts? Is the house evacuated? Also, there's no room to really swing a belt when the kids need a little tough love…or when the parents wanna little rough love. See how it holds up when all of the kids have a slumber party on the same night.

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  • January 4, 2020 at 2:16 am
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    What a great geeky family really cool seem really happy awsome house

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  • January 4, 2020 at 2:45 pm
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    Parents in a tiny house can never have sex or privacy unless the kids are at school lol I wouldn’t move into a tiny house with kids but that’s just me

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  • January 5, 2020 at 4:12 pm
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    What a fun loving family, I so injoyed watching your video. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  • January 6, 2020 at 11:33 pm
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    Cute, loving, nerdy couple. Wonderful family!!

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  • January 7, 2020 at 2:57 pm
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    Awesome marriage, happy life, healthy kids

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  • January 8, 2020 at 3:37 am
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    Why is this such a big movement. People been living in trailers for decades

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  • January 8, 2020 at 9:46 pm
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    The kids look very happy and well cared for. I would never attempt three kids I'm a very small loft, no privacy for any of them

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  • January 8, 2020 at 9:53 pm
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    Loved the Atari pillow on your couch! πŸ™‚

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  • January 8, 2020 at 10:19 pm
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    Now THAT is a quirky, nerdy family!!! Great ideas!!

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  • January 9, 2020 at 3:21 am
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    This family is everything! I want to be their friend. 🀣 πŸ’›

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