Downsizing with Yerdle

Downsizing with Yerdle
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Salies Loves San Francisco

The most difficult task of my transition from a 2,000 square foot apartment to a 125 square foot tiny house was downsizing my possessions. I have a weakness for furniture. Antiques and unique furnishings. But, none of my prized pieces would fit inside my tiny home.

Guillaume had troubles of his own. For a man living alone in a 1,000 square foot guest house, he had managed to fill every corner with stuff. Camera gear, scuba gear, surfing, rock climbing and motorcycle gear! So many belongings, most of which were gathering dust. 

Our possessions needed to find new homes. They needed to be repurposed, to belong to someone who would use them and understand their worth. 

I wish, back then, we had known about Yerdle. Our downsize took over a year. In the end, we sold or gave our belongings away, but it was a slow, painstaking process. Yerdle’s goal is to make downsizing an easy task. They believe in repurposing unwanted, but still useful, belongings. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Why create more waste, when we can simply trade our unused belongings for something we truly want? 

If Guillaume and I had used Yerdle, we might have saved ourselves hundreds of hours and earned Yerdle dollars in the process. With our earned Yerdle dollars, we could purchase new belongings for our tiny home, as we need them. 

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While we were in San Francisco, Yerdle hosted us at their offices in the Mission District. Eager to support the tiny house community, they offered to promote our open house and provide a tasty barbecue lunch for our attendees. We had over 600 people show up to our open house, our largest to date!!

Yerdle also created a fun tiny house quiz, take it and find out: Which tiny house personality are you?

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I can’t describe how exciting it was to meet so many people interested in downsizing, and what a perfect location to talk about living small – San Francisco has some of the most expensive real estate in the country. Perhaps, if we practiced living with less and in smaller spaces, we could produce more affordable housing in these highly sought after areas.

Get rid of just one item this week. Two next week. And keep going!

– Jenna

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  1. Sandy
    May 19, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    Hello Tiny House Giant Journey people. I would be interested to know where you are going after Olympia, Washington. It is May 19th today and wondered if your route might be going to Vancouver Island or not…?

    • May 29, 2015 / 3:13 pm

      Hi Sandy, as amazing as Vancouver Island sounds like, I doubt we’ll be able to fit it in our schedule. We are still in Washington and would like to be in Alaska by the end of June.

      • Sandy
        June 1, 2015 / 6:45 pm

        Hello again,
        Thanks for your reply. I forwarded the link to your video on the Simply Home community in Portland to others in a group here on Vancouver Island that is just starting up. We are calling ourselves the Tiny Earth Village. Our initiative won’t be on wheels but stationary. We would be interested to know if you know of or have done other videos on ‘landed’ communities like Simply Home for Tiny or Small Homes.
        Thank you for your help with this,

      • Support
        June 1, 2015 / 7:27 pm

        That sounds awesome! The tiny house community video is the only one we’ve done though. They are still rare out there…

  2. mitzithedog
    April 6, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    Thanks for the Yerdle tip. I can hardly wait for you to come EAST again. You should time it for the fall. Do you have a pay pal account we can send to

    • April 6, 2015 / 1:45 pm

      Glad you like it! The donation button on the right side of our website is linked to our PayPal account. Thanks for considering it!

  3. April 6, 2015 / 8:58 am

    I have camping of my motorcycle as I travel North America truly taught me how little I need which has changed what i want. I love your blog!

  4. April 6, 2015 / 8:47 am

    Oh No!  so bummed we missed you in our own backyard!  Glad you enjoyed SF and Yerdle!  Happy trails!Gina in SF

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