Insights for The Tiny House Novice

Tim's post, from one who has lived in and continues to live in tiny homes personally, is thought provoking. We're guessing it will resonate with you too. The decision to live in a tiny house means a pretty drastic lifestyle change for most, but for many people it means a core personality adjustment as well. Is it worth it? It seems so! Tim's insights will sound familiar to anyone who has made this change - or has deeply contemplated and researched "going tiny".

Best regards, Isa

As a think about the topic of living better with less in a tiny house it forces me to evaluate my own stuff. Do I really need six wooden spoons? I'm down to one. I've been living small for 30 years and I still find things I want to shed. I'm a compulsive gatherer and storage organizer so the process of eliminating the extraneous crap is constant, but once I do it, I feel SO much better.

It's starts with a mindset that moves to action/practice. For some it comes easily and becomes a fun game. For others it's painful and overwhelming, which suggests to me that the rewards can be even more profound.

Do what suits your personality. Start slowly and remove one thing each day, or set aside a whole weekend before trash/recycling day and go all-out. You might start with that junk drawer, the closet that can't hold one more item or the room that you close up when guests come over. Another tactic: select your favorite and most used items, then take a good hard look at everything else and ask yourself, "Can I live without THAT stuff?"

For me, I wasn't able to do any of this until I was forced to when moving into my first apartment (280 square feet!).

I found that friends were happy to lend or give me smaller furniture, or trade things, like my massive TV for their smaller one. The kitchen was the hardest to tackle. I love to cook and I like my gadgets. I had to pare down to three cabinets, a single drawer, and ZERO counter space. The cutting board set over half of the sink became my work surface. (btw I would never recommend this kind of kitchen). Instead of a counter top blender I got a hand held blender stick. Instead of my monster size food processor I got a smaller pull string chopper. On and on it goes. I never went without. Finally stores are beginning to carry smaller scale furnishings for what they think are only "city dwellers".

At right is a photo of what was was my kitchen/dining space - and work space complete with drafting table and living room furniture just out of view. I had my grandmothers oak kitchen table with two drop leaves, folding directors chairs for extra seating that stowed away under the bed and a small bookshelf to hold my less-than-fine china and stemware. I lived there for four years and loved every minute of it! I've even thought about moving back one day (after I've redesigned it of course).

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