For the past few years, I’ve been intrigued by people who pare down all of their belongings and drastically downsize to tiny living. If you’ve never heard of the tiny house movement, where have you been? Go google some pictures or take a look at Pinterest.
It’s amazing the ideas people have on how to fit everything they need into such a small place. Maybe that’s why I find it so fascinating.
I have tried to convince my husband on multiple occasions that we should live in a tiny house someday. At a height of 6’1″, I don’t think he’s too crazy about the idea of living in such close quarters, especially with two kids in tow. Maybe someday, I’ll convince him, but honestly, it doesn’t have to be the trendy tiny house trailers I keep pinning on my Pinterest boards. I do love the mobility that tiny house trailers offer, but just having a smaller, modestly sized home would still have the benefits I see of tinier living.
Benefits of Tiny Living:
- Living in a tiny house would encourage our family to get outside and do stuff more often. It’s way too easy to just sit around the house all day when you have so much space.
- I feel like there is a tendency to overspend when you have a huge house. For some reason, the more space we have in our homes, the stronger the need to fill up all of that space. So the less space you have for junk to accumulate, the less money you’ll spend on the junk. Well, we hope!
- Maybe I’m a horrible person for admitting this, but I also see the benefit of not having to accommodate overnight guests. I know, I know. I’m horrible! Blame it on my control/neat freak side.
- This last point might resonate with many of you! Small space=less room for stuff= less time cleaning! Ah, think of all the things we could accomplish if we didn’t have to spend so much time cleaning our houses! I mean, I love a beautiful, spacious mansion as much as anyone. I would love to live in a castle. But not if I’m the one cleaning it!
Some of you probably aren’t convinced still. I don’t blame you.
Initially, I thought these people selling all of their belongings and living in houses the size of school buses had to be crazy. Who could live in such a tiny space without going absolutely mental?
But on reflection, I realized I actually have lived this lifestyle!
In Hawaii, my college dorm room was as tiny as they come. There was juuuuust enough space to accommodate two people and the bare necessities needed to survive a life of
laying on the beach rigorous studying.
Below are some pictures to give you an idea what I was working with.
My roommate’s side of the room basically mirrored my side, but she had the added feature of a window. #spoiled
Talk about tiny living, right?
We didn’t even have our own bathroom and kitchen! Also, it’s not pertinent to my point, but we didn’t have air conditioning either.
How did I survive living in an area no bigger than some of your walk-in closets?
It was pretty livable actually. I wasn’t in my room all day. I had classes, meals in the school cafeteria, school activities, church socials, outings with friends, and not to mention beautiful mountains and beaches to explore!
Really, who can be upset about a tiny dorm when you’re surrounded by all of this?
Ok, sorry enough bragging. I know we don’t all get the opportunity to live in Hawaii. Wouldn’t that be nice?
I also realize that as a college student, this tiny space was totally livable and very temporary. As adults with spouses, families, kids, and maybe pets, it’s not doable for everyone to live in a tiny house.
But there’s still something to take away from this movement. What I’ve learned from living in that tiny dorm for a time is that we can all learn to live with a lot less than we think.
When I got home from Hawaii, I purged half of my belongings. I no longer felt the strong attachments to my belongings that I did before. I had learned to live without them and not miss them. And it was freedom to let them go and move forward with focus.
And I think that’s exactly what tiny living and minimalism can offer us: focus. Focus on our goals, focus on the here and now, focus on the people in our lives, and focus on the things that truly matter.
I’m not advocating everyone sell their homes and buy a tiny home. Like I said, it’s not for everyone. But paring down and simplifying a little bit can definitely make a huge difference!
What do you think about tiny living? Would you do it?