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Tiny houses are all the rage ~ is it for you?

Today I heard about a community in Spur Texas, the Nations’ first tiny house friendly town  where you could buy a lot for $500. Wow, sounds tempting right? But what is tiny? It could be 100, 200, 300 or 500 square feet? texas photo-1470802443459-6d52e1a78e6a

There is a big difference in 200 and 500 square feet. We just spent a week in an 800 square foot cabin it had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus a separate laundry room. All in all  it had everything we needed. We had plenty of room. But I could see how it would require some changes to how we shopped. There was not a pantry or a linen closet. But it was certainly doable.cabin over waterphoto-1464723775205-4af28be57d80.jpg

We have lived in smaller. Back when we were first married we lived in a one-bedroom apartment it was probably less than 500 square feet. Of course we did not have anything so we had plenty of room. LOL

When you start thinking about living in less than 500 square feet you will have to be really smart about what you own. Your spaces will have to do double duty. Your dining area will probably be your office. You will need to have furniture that fits the space. You can’t have an oversized overstuffed sectional and a big man recliner. You will not be able to host thanksgiving dinner for 10 and expect to seat them all at your huge farmhouse table with the matching hutch. Nope ~ Not going to fit.

If you think you might want to go tiny there are some things you have to ask your self ~

How do you live?

  • Do you have big parties?
  • Are you a cook or a baker?
  • Do you need a stove and an oven? Or do you just need a microwave and a coffee pot?
  • Must you have a large soaking tub? Did you know most tiny houses have a 6-gallon hot water heater? That is something to keep in mind if you insist on taking long hot showers. You can add a tankless hot water system at a cost.
  • How about laundry? Are you willing to go to a laundry mat? You can get an all in one machine but the downside is it is small and smaller appliances may end up costing your more than their full size versions.
  • Do you plan to work at home? Do you need a lounge area or just a place to sleep?
  • How many people will be sharing this space with you?
  • Can you be in a confined space together for extended periods of time or do you each need your own space?
  • What are you hobbies and how much stuff goes with that?

Downsizing ~ Can be painful Litmus Test

Anyone who is thinking tiny sounds like something they might want to try I suggest you be willing to part with at least 80% of your stuff. Are you willing to let go of those special over sized antiques or other large family mementos? If you said no, then tiny is not for you.

Still thinking you can go tiny?

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Would you like to dip your toe in tiny the water?

Try an efficiency apartment or buy a used RV or travel trailer. You can find a well-maintained RV for less than $5000. An RV is a quick and easy way to try tiny living.   You can’t really customize the floor plan but they are ready to go.

However if you have seriously given this thought and you are ready to do it.

Go for it.

There are great benefits of living tiny. Lower cost for purchase, utilities will be lower than in a full size house. You will need less stuff to fill it. You can spend time enjoying your new tiny lifestyle and less time to clean it. If you tiny house is on wheels it can be moved with you if you have to relocate.tiny house photo-1446144525544-808f420174ec

Lots of people are taking the tiny plunge. Even if you are not thinking less than 500 square feet you might be thinking about downsizing your home. You can define your own tiny.

So is tiny living for you?

Thanks ~ Pamela

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#downsizing #tinyliving #lessstuff #tinyhouse #organized #clutter #overwhelmed

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62 thoughts on “Tiny houses are all the rage ~ is it for you?

  1. I enjoy watching the Tiny House shows and see how others commit to living in tiny spaces. Personally, anything less than 1,000 square feet is a little more than I desire at this stage in life, but I salute those who make the conscious and committed efforts to do so. I find many who choose to are doing it with purpose and have a perceived vision of what they want. I find your article very insightful and provides a lot of “something to think about.”

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  2. I’m ready to live tiny! We do have a travel trailer that is 325 sqft. We could totally live in here. Actually planning on it for retirement.
    A lot for $500?? I’d have to look into that. Surely you would have to be permanent not a moving trailer.

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  3. We live aboard a 40ft yacht in Greece for most of the year. Much smaller than a small apartment. When I first moved aboard, I think I gave away, or sold, 90% of my possessions. I don’t regret it though, we’ve had some wonderful experiences in some fabulous places.

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  4. We live in 275sq feet. It’s a fifth wheel but still a huge jump from a previous 1700sq feet. I’d love to get some advice on organization, there’s only so much a girl can look up on Pinterest! 😜

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      1. We don’t usually use the square footage here much – probably because it is pretty small. Apparently for a new home it is a bit over 900 sq feet, for an older property probably twice as much. Space is at a bit of a premium here!

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  5. I have a colleague who purchased a lot of land in SC and a tiny house about a year to two years ago. She has loved every moment of living in pure, low maintenance life style. Her focus is on nature, her yard, her hand crafted all natural bath products, and the harvest from her farm. I think with three kids, and a hoarding husband this will not be in the cards for me for a long time ahead, but those that do it, I can feel their sigh of relief from the chaos that “stuff” brings to a life.

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  6. My husband used to race motorcycles in Spur, Texas. The town didn’t have much going for it back in the late 70’s, and I suspect like in many Texas panhandle towns most of the young people leave home for greener pastures before the ink dries on their high school diplomas. Tiny houses could be a way for the community to join the 21st century! Good for them!

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  7. I don’t think I could live in the tiny house thing. I do love camping in our fold down camper which is tiny.
    I love having my family and in-laws come for holidays and visits to the farm. If I had a tiny house I could not offer them a bed or a room with an air mattress.
    I could down-size…..just not to anywhere near that extent. I know myself too well and I am somewhat sentimental. What would I do with my grandma’s secretary, or my aunt’s dresser, or the trunk my husband gave me for our 25th wedding anniversary………

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  8. We have upgraded our travel trailer with dreams f retirement. But I’m a baker and I’ll need a sewing room so the trailer will be for travel but we’ll need something else too. Great post. Good questions to ask self when thinking of simplifying.

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  9. These are some great tips. I’ve wanted to live in a tiny house since hearing about them a couple years ago. I love being organized and I throw out everything that doesn’t have a purpose. I’m very simple and like to live minimally. My husband however is the complete opposite. He needs his space! Maybe one day we can work something out! I would love to have one of these.

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  10. I like to think I could go tiny, but I guess it does depend on HOW tiny! We downsized a lot in our last move. When we bought the house, I kept thinking “its so small, its so small”, but really once we got here, it felt big! With a garage and a laundry room, I almost feel like it is more than we REALLY need,…but I am grateful for the extra space. We moved into a house with NO closets. None. There were originally closets in the 2 bedrooms, but we had them torn out so that we could have enough room to put queen-size beds in each room! So, we have an armoire in the “office”/”cat’s room”. And we have 2 plastic armoires in the laundry room. My husband and I both have a chest of drawers. We’ve got good storage in the kitchen, but that is one space I always fill quickly! I love to bake and have to have my baking pans and things like that. But the move showed me that we could easily do with much less stuff and much less space. Before we moved we got rid of almost everything we owned. We moved into the house by taking 6 boxes and 2 suitcases. Now as we have filled our space, I feel like I need to get rid of more things. I love the questions you pose. Yes, I love to bake and I like to be able to have 10 people over. I can do that now. Laundrymat? Nope. Not me.

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      1. No. We live in a little less than 1700 square feet. But we could do with less space most of the time. We don’t use 2 of our bedrooms unless we have guests. We spend more time outside than inside. We have done tiny 2 times and loved it both times. This is our forever house and we feel it is just right. Being in another state we needed guest space.

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  11. This is so interesting to me!!!! I have recently moved into a 30 foot 5th wheel trailer, so this was a very relevant read!! I had to down-size literally around 80% of my things, selling almost all of my clothing, shoes, furniture, decorations etc. It took a lot of courage to get rid of all my stuff but it feels really great afterwards!!

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  12. I spent 10yr in prison…shared 45sqft with a cellmate…but mostly it was 80sqft cells…living tiny could serious work for me…and I have a RV frame to work with…big enough to support a 8×20+a 6ft screened porch…that’s my plan

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  13. I’m hoping to go tiny in the next few years. My plan is to move into a studio apartment in order to get a taste of tiny and so I can start saving money towards a home. I currently live in a 1 bedroom apartment by myself.

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