Living Tiny: It's Not What You May Think

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!

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  1. Love this post! Seeing so many photos of gorgeous little houses, I absolutely do find myself wanting this or that for my soon to be home. In the end, luckily, I realize I have so much already and any new items that we purchase I want to love and more importantly need. Great reminder you two! 😉

  2. I agree with your point of view. I have a large house and it seems sometimes that it is just more upkeep. We can also go a whole day without having to converse if we would like. Everyone separates into their I wn areas with their own televisions, computers, and phones. I think Tiny house living may be a better way for a family to be close.

    1. Tiny Living has its many benefits (including keeping a family close and tight-knit), but it’s also true that everyone’s lifestyle is a little bit different. Thank you for your thoughts 😀

  3. Excellent post!

    Unfortunately marketing tactics take advantage of the weakness of consumerism amongst the general public, especially the followers of online magazines, blogs, videos etc., to hard sell goods. The psychology behind this is to make the follower feel that they are not truly dedicated to that particular sport, photography, lifestyle or whatever, unless they possess the items displayed; so it’s refreshing to see individuals make do with what they have and not splashing out on the latest ‘must have’ gadget.

    Lifestyle should not be about possessions, but about living – you are not a lesser person because you have fewer or outdated possessions, but may be stronger with more character!

    1. Thank you for your feedback! I agree completely. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of consumerism, even if you are part of a movement that’s not! There is always something cooler and a little bit better. I appreciate your encouragement!