Today we are going to talk about downsizing, whether it’s for you, or for a parent. Many times we find that just don’t need as much space. But what is tiny? It could be 100, 200, 300 or 500 square feet?
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.
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?
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.
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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