Living in a tiny house isn’t for everyone, but you should try it anyway.
Living in a tiny house shouldn’t be anything new to me. From where I grew up, the first house I bought and the first couple apartments I’ve lived in before this current one, I’ve always lived in a small space.
The funny thing is that all these places would’ve been considered an average sized place to live back in the day. Somewhere along the way, houses doubled in size and reduced in occupants…which makes absolutely no sense.
Anyway, I thought I’d start by sharing that piece of info because now, I truly do live in a tiny house! It’s about 600 square feet of space for two adults and two children.
Now, before you gasp in horror (like I did before we moved!), I just have to say: It’s not as bad as you would think.
I really love my personal space. Always have and I’m pretty sure I always will. While living in such close quarters with my family has been an adjustment, it wasn’t necessarily a bad one!
Here are four reasons why living in a small house has been a good experience.
1. IT HAS FORCED ME OUT INTO NATURE
Owning a bigger space sometimes means having an incentive to stay inside. In a tiny house, you can only stay inside for so long before you start to get antsy for something more. It’s in our nature as humans to want bigger and better things. When this feeling hits, I know it’s time for fresh air. I’m more apt to play with my children outside, go for walks, talk with the neighbors or even read my book.
2. IT HAS OPENED MY EYES TO CLUTTER
It’s amazing what we own that we don’t use and don’t realize it. Never having bought a lot of material things, I always thought I didn’t have much stuff. Until I moved into my tiny house, of course. I donated boxes of things before the move and have donated much more after. Having lived here for close to four months now, I’ve noticed that there were so many things we weren’t using and was taking up valuable space in the process. It’s easier to part with things when you just don’t have the space for them.
3. IT HAS SHOWN ME WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE
Now this is an important one and I’m still working on it. Like I mentioned before, having my own personal space is essential to my well-being, but so is connection. Being in such close quarters with my family has made me realize that there are certain ways about myself that need to change. It’s forced me to look inward for gratification, happiness and comfort. I can no longer use material possessions as a crutch for my feelings.
4. IT HAS ALLOWED ME TO BE HOME FOR MY CHILDREN
Even though living in a tiny house has so far had its benefits, the reality is that we cannot stay here forever. It has allowed me though, for the time being, to cut my hours at work and be home more with my young children. A tiny house means less money spent on stuff and bills, which in turn will help me be there for my family while helping us save money toward our future goals. I’d say that’s a win!
Living in a tiny house is not for everyone. If you are considering downsizing, be aware that it will be an enormous adjustment, but well worth it. It’s not impossible to be comfortable in a small space. You just have to get creative!
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