Living in a Tiny House really isn’t as big of adjustment as I thought it would be.
I know, it seems like I just talked a bit about this, but really- I don’t think I have. There have been, of course, adjustments and difficulties downsizing, but when I sit down and look around I realize that life is actually pretty normal.
I feel like sometimes people glamorize Tiny House Living to be more exotic then it actually is. It’s easy as a culture to take something new and different and make it seem more desirable then ‘normal’ life.
But here’s a secret: Despite what you may have seen or heard, living in a Tiny House doesn’t make your life any more exotic, special, or wonderful then anyone elses’.
Please don’t read me wrong- I love the Tiny House Movement. Love, love, love it. The whole idea of living within your means, going debt free, and minimalising your materialistic possessions and environmental footprint is awesome. There are so many benefits I could talk about forever, and I would definitely never go back.
Part of the idea of the movement is using what you have, being creative with spaces, and keeping simply what is necessary. Yet, I’m seeing more and more a new mentality that living ‘Tiny’ means you would need to buy a lot of nifty gadgets to help you be more ‘minimalistic’, that you would need to change 100% everything overnight to be more ‘eco-friendly’, and that if you own possessions that are ‘normal’ you must not be doing it right.
This brings me back to our previously revealed secret: Tiny House Living isn’t any more exotic then ‘normal’ living.
When we first moved into our small house, we had a lot of plans. We were going to get a French Press (to save space, of course) and find a toaster/microwave combo (do they even make those?), buy smaller dishes, buy storage-efficient wall decor, etc, etc. Buy a bunch of crap to ‘make it’ Tiny.
We actually never bought all these extra items… because despite the glamour of living more ‘tiny’ by having specific over-rated possessions it eventually made more sense to just keep what we have and make do for now.
Same bedsheets. Same dish set. Same coffee maker. Same clothes. Same computer. Nothing ‘new’ except for what we needed- and even those items, too, are relatively ‘normal’. Normal futon. Normal oven. Normal storage solutions.
Is it bad to invest in new things for your tiny space? No! Not one bit. We made some major purchases to make this house a home (and yeah, some are a bit kooky). All I am really saying is despite living in 150 square feet life is just the same as it was before. I wash dishes normally. We do laundry in a washer and drying. We eat dinner at a table. We watch movies. All of these things have to been done a little bit more creatively then in a ‘normal’ house, but we aren’t a weird family one bit. At the same time, we aren’t any less of a ‘Tiny House’ family because we don’t have small, fancy gadgets and gizmos.
In your own home adventure (small or not), do you fall into the trap of desiring ‘glamorized’ items that actually produce no real benefit? Where do you personally draw a line between ‘normal life’ and ‘crazy living’?
If you are a hopeful one-day Tiny Houser and are looking for items to make the large transition a little bit easier (dare I say more ‘normal’ again?;)), check out our Tiny House Appliances video for a little bit of inspiration!