4 Easy Steps to Start Living in a Tiny Home
If you’ve ever looked around your home and felt weighted down by that junk drawer full of old receipts and rubber bands, or those boxes in basement storage, you can be assured you’re not alone.
The feeling of a too-cluttered life has driven many to follow the burgeoning idea of parting ways with material possessions and embracing a simpler life; in the form of a tiny home.
Why Move to a Tiny Home?
The tiny home movement has been growing rapidly as people grapple for a feeling of simplicity to counter the burden of busy, cluttered lives. It’s not unlike the feeling that drove Henry David Thoreau to take residence in a small cabin in the woods in 1846, so, as he put it, he could “live more deliberately.”
Still, there are other reasons that make tiny home living worthwhile.
You save money. Tiny homes can be inexpensive to build, carry little to no mortgage, and have low utility costs. Depending on where the home is, the land can also be low rent or free.
You save time. With less “stuff”, you invariably spend less time dealing with it. Fewer square feet to clean, less laundry to do, and less general upkeep.
You help the planet. Tiny homes can be built very economically so their environmental footprint is, as you’d expect, tiny.
You gain perspective. Downsizing can allow you to focus on what’s truly important in life as you experience what it’s like not to be burdened by a lot of “stuff.”
Making Life Work in a Tiny Home
The average American single-family home is 2,600 square feet, so moving into a tiny home requires some serious downsizing. But it is possible to do if you start preparing early and focus on the following steps:
Do your research. There are many types of tiny homes, and they vary in size and design, as well as amenities. Decide on a practical size home for your needs, and whether you want a traditional or modern design. You may want some amenities like running water and a toilet, but consider whether you could do without others, like a washer/dryer.
Make a plan. Are you building your tiny home or purchasing a prebuilt home? Decide how you will design the home to best use all the space, and don’t forget to take plumbing, heating, insulation, and furniture into account.
Sift through your belongings and keep only what you need. There are several ways to go about this task, but the goal is to simplify with less “stuff”. Go through your clothing and all other belongings, and get rid of anything you don’t immediately need. Think about how you can consolidate items, such as putting your DVDs on a hard drive, or using eBooks in place of your hardcover collection.
Be purposeful in your design. With a smaller living area, making the most of your space is key. Think about how you can maximize your space; for instance, putting your bed on a loft opens up the whole area below. Built-in shelving or wall-mounted storage will also save space.
Once you’ve moved in, you can begin truly making the tiny home feel like your own. There are some wonderfully inspiring images of beautifully decorated tiny home interiors and exteriors online, like these examples on Houzz.
Making the switch to a tiny home is a huge decision, and if you’re not sure it’s for you, remember there are ways to simplify and de-clutter your life right away, like trading in your large black box speakers and messy wires and purchasing the wireless Clio invisible speaker. Research your tiny home while listening to rich, clear, room-filling panoramic sound. Buy now.