My First Days of Tiny House Living
They say if you wish for something long enough, all your dreams will come true, and a few days ago I got the chance to live out my own tiny house living dream, thanks to an awesome friend 😉 And no that’s not my place in the photo.
You see since leaving the wheel I’ve been curious about tiny house living, downsizing and minimalism in general. And as I reached a fork in my road I decided to head down the path of tiny house living.
I’m not new to living in small places, as previously I owned a 42m² apartment, but now I come to think of it, I soon needed to find some space and bought a 10-acre parcel of land where I could get back in touch with the earth. But that was then and this is now.
Now, I don’t have the stresses of working the 9-5 and can find peace in my writing, which is usually performed sitting at a small desk.
The studio I’m living in now is approx 20m² and just big enough to hold my essentials. In fact, as I moved out of my 180m² house and placed a lot (and I mean a lot) of stuff in storage I realised my road to minimalism is still a long one.
I’m already questioning the need for all the stuff I packed into the 3m x 3m x 3m cube I hired from the storage company, and maybe tiny house living will help me to see the error of my ways.
The path forward must contain less if I’m to enjoy more.
And the pain of moving this stuff, hopefully, will be the reminder I need to keep moving forward to a life of less.
Already I’ve noticed a few challenges of tiny house living and it’s only been a few days, but these are challenges, not obstacles, so I’ll just approach them with the problem-solving skills I’ve developed over my life time.
The Challenges of Tiny House Living
The studio I’ve moved into hasn’t been designed specifically as a tiny house and has a lot of wasted space that could be better utilised. And as this isn’t my studio, I’ll have to make do the best I can.
If you’re thinking of trying Tiny House Living then I can only suggest you do it right from the get go and design it yourself. That way it’s perfectly tailored to your lifestyle and needs.
I have a lot of LEGO and want to pursue this passion. making stop motion animation, over the next year, so I can already start to imagine the sorts of custom built storage I could utilise if I was starting fresh.
I’m almost exclusively a cook at home sort of guy, and only resort to takeaway in extreme cases, so while write this I’m also cooking up some bacon and can only imagine the smells getting into my clothing and bedsheets.
A good external venting system is a must in a small house otherwise, you’ll always be reminded of your last meal.
More recently I experimented with a raw vegan diet, and can see how this type of lifestyle would suit Tiny House Living, and the space you save when removing the cooking appliances can be utilised for more food storage.
There isn’t any reason why you can’t host more people in your tiny house, although you should remind yourself that things you tolerate may not always be comfortable for others.
I live by myself and my kids will only stay a few nights a week, so I’m sure I can make this work, but the real test will be what they think. I can imagine it’s going to be quite a shock for them, so I’m planning to spend as much time out of the house as possible.
This complements the mantra of minimalism, which is life is more about experiences than possessions.
So if you’re planning to have a few friends over, keep the tiny house experience brief, or at the very least offer an alternative venue as any claustrophobic tendencies in your guests might start to change the mood of the conversation.
This wasn’t meant to be a definitive guide on tiny house living but rather a quick opportunity to get a few thoughts transcribed.
I still haven’t fully unpacked as yet, so my number one tip when moving into a tiny house is to start with less, and then move more stuff in as your space permits. This will spare you the uncomfortable feeling of being overwhelmed with the transition.
Life is a journey and not a destination.
I’m grateful for getting this opportunity, to experience tiny house living, without having to make a full commitment and will endeavour to ensure this part of my journey is a memorable one.
Finally, I’m heading to Portland in a few months and might check out the Tiny House Hotel whilst there. They are apparently very welcoming and have tours once in a while.