Four Reasons Why I Like Living In A Tiny House

Four Reasons Why I Like Living In A Tiny House

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!

Feel free to comment below!

47 thoughts on “Four Reasons Why I Like Living In A Tiny House

  1. I am fascinated by tiny houses and would love to live in one someday! I wish I knew about it in my early 20’s when I was fresh out of school…in any event, it would be nice to see a few photos of your tiny house! Best of luck!

    1. Thanks for the comment! I’ll post some once my space is all set. We just moved in and just had a baby so things are in a bit of disarray at the moment. Also, our tiny home isn’t like any of those you see in the documentaries. It’s actually bigger while still being much smaller than other homes.

    1. It was Sintra, Portugal! It was taken atop The Moorish Castle when I visited in January. Thought it would be kind of ironic posting this picture attached to this article. 🙂

  2. I have become so interested in tiny homes. It’s so amazing how everything serves multiple purposes. If I had no children there would be nothing anyone could say to me to talk me into NOT getting one but I’m almost certain my kids would drive me nuts in a small space.

    1. Thanks for the comment! It’s true, while there are some great aspects, there are also some not so good ones. My kids are small enough right now that it’s not too bad. My toddler enjoys being outside. Which is why when they grow, we’ll have to get a bigger space. But it’s great at the moment!

  3. Sigh! You’re right about bigger spaces giving you incentives to stay indoors. This has definitely got me thinking and hopefully I’m ready to make some decisions soon! Thank you Patty!

  4. I love living minimally. Before we bought our first house together, we always lived in small city condos or apartments. There is a certain aspect to that small-living that I miss!

    1. It’s impossible not to live simply in the city! I’d recommend city living to everyone, at least to just see what it’s like for a year or two. There’s nothing like it. Thanks for your comments!

  5. This really an amazing post. Yes Living in tiny house gived you some amazing thougts. Like declutter al the time. Cleaning does not require much time/. Thanks for sharing

    1. You’re absolutely right! Cleaning is a breeze compared to most…if you don’t have a lot of stuff! It can get harder with more things everywhere because the space is so small. Decluttering is great for the overwhelmed mind. Thanks for the comment!

  6. I recently went from a 2000 sq ft house to a 966 sq ft house, that was complete shock. But to live in the most expensive county in my state, this is what I have to do…for now. I’m rethinking how I look at it now that you’ve pointed out these great things Amazing insight!

    1. Thank you for your story! Yes, it’s a major shock. Though I’ve never lived in a large home so I have no personal experience with that part of it 😊

  7. I am used to living in small houses too. I grew up in a small house…now I am living in a big house, too big for a family of 3 and I always wish everyday to live in a smaller one. I also write about minimalism and now embracing the lifestyle. My ultimate goal is to finally move to a small house.

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    1. Hi Jane, thanks for your comment! It’s funny because my partner is the opposite- he loves things and would love to live in a big house. We’ve compromised on moving into a bigger, but not so big home in the future. I hope we can still keep things minimal with a bigger space.

      1. My husband is the same as yours. He has more clothes than me, many about 20 years old and no longer use. He gets mad when I touch his things! So anyway, I let him use the bigger closet and mine the smaller one. Still I don’t see the point of keeping stuff that you no longer use!

          1. Very true. I am blogging about Minimalism hoping to inspire him. If I can’t convince him, then yes I’ll just continue my journey too.

  8. I love this! My husband and I live in a small apartment, and it definitely opens my eyes to clutter! But at the same time, it makes it easier to clean everything up because we don’t have that much 😉 . I also like the point you made about showing you what matters in life. It’s so easy to get lured into the mindset of materialism, and with a smaller home it creates a barrier for you. Thanks for this reminder!

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  9. I would love to live in a tiny house. I have lots of space now and it strange to say but I’m longing for a smaller space. Sometimes I feel like the only thing I do all day is cleaning up after everyone. Smaller house = less stuff = more time for things that really matter!

    1. Thanks for your comment! It’s true, to be always cleaning something up is aggravating. While we have to do it daily to some degree no matter where we live, having order is so wonderful.

  10. This is a great post! We have often times discussed tiny houses because the idea of decluttering sounds so appealing! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  11. I’m a minimalist by nature, I am very used to livng in small spaces but I must commend you for doing so with children!

  12. Can’t believe “it takes less time to hoover” isn’t on here! 😀 I get you though; as we’ve “upgraded” our space, I note that we’re gathering more and more stuff, and it’s just… Useless. Back in the day I could fit all my possessions in a student room, and now? Two bedrooms isn’t enough. Ridiclous!

    1. Well, Susanna, I think that one was obvious 😉 Yes, it’s amazing how much we accumulate just because we can! Thanks for sharing!

  13. As someone who aspires to eventually have one tiny home on the east coast and one on the west…it was really refreshing to hear the reasons why this works for you and your family at this juncture. Thanks Patty!

  14. I lived in a tiny apartment before (but not as tiny as yours, and I lived alone) and I have to agree with what you said. I was able to make it homey but there were times when I needed to leave it and I spent time outside and it did lead me to living a minimalist lifestyle. I didn’t want to clean a lot of stuff so I made sure I didn’t have a lot of stuff to clean 😀

    1. I think cleaning is a huge thing. So many people spend so much time cleaning, it doesn’t leave room for much else. I should’ve incorporated that into my blog but assumed it was a given! Thanks for sharing!

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