August 21

Tiny house living: What you need to know before making the move


Living in a tiny house can be a great way to save money, live more sustainably, and enjoy the company of others. But before you make the move, there are some important things you need to know about living small.


What questions should you have in mind?

What is your motivation?   

Are you looking for a smaller space to reduce expenses or conserve energy? Do you want more intimacy in your life or the opportunity to travel more? Do you value simple pleasures over luxury living? Is financial freedom on top of your priority list (known as financially independent)? How important are community-building and eco-friendliness to you? Of course, if all of these ideas appeal, then tiny house living may be for you!


What kind of living style do you prefer?

Some tiny houses have a very “homey” feel to them, while others are more streamlined and minimalistic. It’s up to you which option you seek. Are there any particular ways of living that appeal to you the most? Tiny house communities may be an option for those who want a little help getting started with social connections.

Or perhaps your ideal lifestyle emphasizes community in general, rather than necessarily having a tight-knit group of friends or family nearby (this is what I’m into). Some people enjoy working on their house themselves, whereas others choose to pay professionals because it just makes sense financially and saves time. Once again, personally, I love working on my own home, but for others, it might not be worth the cost or effort.

One consideration is that most tiny houses are usually taken care of by the owners themselves as opposed to hiring professionals, so if you’re looking for an independent living, this may be a good choice for you. A smaller house may feel less constraining than a full-sized home but still, give you all the comforts of a cozy and secure place to call “home.”


How much stuff do you own?

If you already live in a large home now, don’t feel discouraged; everyone has to start somewhere! Do you tend to accumulate things? Are your belongings functional or sentimental? Does it take up a lot of space to store all your belongings?

The point here is that if you want to live in a tiny house, it’s important to purge as much stuff as possible. You need storage space for things that are truly valuable and useful. If not, you won’t be able to fit everything you have into your small space and might struggle with maintaining organization.


Challenges of Living in a Tiny Home

Now that you have a better idea of what may appeal to you about tiny house living, let’s talk about some challenges. The goal is to prepare for these problems so they won’t be as difficult when they arise!

Space Management!

Small homes are, well….small. It can take time to get used to this new reality. How will you handle being surrounded by things? When do you want it clean enough that clutter doesn’t feel overwhelming? Perhaps your true feelings on tidiness will emerge once you live in a smaller space and fail to meet your high standards! You might need to accept the messiness of others around you (if there’s someone else in the house). If not, what does this say about your comfort level with socializing and community building?


Financial Constraints   

Is your income negatively affected by the move? Do you need to downgrade your lifestyle for a while? This might mean foregoing a car and relying on public transportation, or moving into a cheaper neighborhood for some time. Are there other expenses that may temporarily increase due to the transition, like storage fees, household furnishings, or necessary renovations?

Don’t forget, if you’re transitioning to a tiny house, there may be a few costs that may arise (as mentioned above). It’s important to really consider where will this leave you financially before making any major changes in life! How long can you sustain yourself if things don’t go as planned? Will it be possible for you to recover from temporary setbacks in wealth (If they are applicable to you)?


Living in the Spotlight!

Tiny house living is a popular trend now, so there may be a lot of interest in your home and how it’s designed. This can be exciting, but also uncomfortable if you prefer your privacy. At what point does attention from others get to be too much? If this makes you feel vulnerable or insecure, then maybe tiny house living isn’t for you.

Perhaps it will take some time before you adjust to all the questions (and people) coming into your life because of your choices…Or perhaps this will just offer an opportunity for connection with like-minded and supportive individuals!


Harsh Reality Check!

Life involves compromise; this is not a perfect scenario by any means. It’s not always easy to find a place to build or buy tiny houses, especially due to the restrictions put up by different states. Moreover, If someone else lives with you, this person has chosen to accept living in close quarters! This might impact your ability to host guests; they won’t all appreciate sleeping on a couch or floor because there isn’t enough space elsewhere.


Also Read: Benefits of living in a tiny house (Link)


Tips for Making the Transition to Your New Life Easier

Take some time to get organized!

The space will feel cramped if you move too fast, so give yourself some time to purge as much stuff as possible. You need storage space for things that are truly valuable and useful. If not, you won’t be able to fit everything you have into your small space and might struggle with maintaining organization.

Remember the core functions of every item that goes in (e.g., make-up remover wipes aren’t really a necessity). Ask yourself what must remain and what could be donated/sold/thrown away if necessary. This doesn’t mean going overboard by giving up all personal possessions—that’s missing the point! It’s about knowing how far is too far and being thoughtful about the stuff that means the most to you.


Automate as much as possible!

Consider installing timers, hooks, or built-in systems that make it easier to preserve your energy for household tasks (and more enjoyable). For example, many tiny house owners fill their washing machine with a bunch of clothing for an overnight cycle; this reduces the effort/time needed in the morning.

They also plug lights into motion sensors so they only come on when someone is moving around! This enables owners to sleep better without having to get up in the middle of the night to turn a light off. It’s important not to overdo automation though; you want your space to feel like a home after all.


Seek support from others who have made the transition!

When you are feeling overwhelmed or discouraged, it’s important to dig up some inspiration and advice. It helps to get tips from others who’ve lived in tiny houses for a long time (what works, what doesn’t). While there is no one right way to live in a small space, it feels good having the support of those who have been where you are. You might be surprised how many people out there already understand your struggle and can offer support when needed.


Don’t be afraid to start fresh!

It’s not easy making major life changes; we all want everything now but change takes time. A clean slate often gives us the motivation that we need to make things happen; this means ensuring everything you own is useful/needed. Don’t settle for what you have until this happens; keep pushing yourself to be the best version of yourself possible!


Take it one step at a time! 

Stay connected with yourself and others. Maintain your identity even while transitioning into a new life; connect with those who understand where you’ve been, where you are now, and where you are going. This doesn’t mean isolating yourself from others (or getting rid of everything that makes up your past); rather, it means taking baby steps as needed in order to ensure success in the long run.


Remember why living tiny is so important to you!

There will be times when staying small might not seem worth it but if you stop to remember what motivated you to begin with, this will help get you through. Even if your original motivation has become fuzzy over time, it’s worth taking a moment to refresh yourself and remind yourself why tiny house living is important. From there, focus on the positive changes that have been made!

Change happens slowly but surely! Trust in yourself and others around you; no one gets everything right at first. You might end up redoing projects or investing in new products but it won’t be as bad as giving up too early on something that matters more than anyone else realizes 🙂



tiny houseThere are lots of things that need consideration whether house, apartment or otherwise. You need to ask yourself what you like and dislike so you know the answers when it’s time to consider where you will live next!

Tiny houses can be a great experience for some people. If you have the opportunity to try this unique lifestyle, then give it a go! The lessons learned by living in a tiny home might prove valuable no matter where your future takes you…even if it happens to be back into space-consuming housing once the tiny house is paid off!

Read: Are tiny houses the future of living? (Link)



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