Our first year of tiny living has expired and it’s been full of surprises; I’ve learned a lot and discovered a minimal lifestyle comes with challenges. One being judgement and how to respond can be complicated.
This wasn’t actually a shock because Robert and I have never lived like the rest of the world. It’s interesting, when you take a path that’s different from others many also believe it’s a phase.
Let me begin by saying Tiny living for us isn’t a phase. Historically most homes from 40- 50 years ago were very modest unless you had a large family. So, what happened? I’m not really sure, houses got larger and families got smaller, go figure?
But first imagine this, two adults, a 90 lbs. coon hound and a 200 square feet RV all living under one roof. Could you do it? Well, there have been days when I wanted to fold only to discover having a shed has been a huge blessing.
The decision to temporarily move into our 23 ft. RV was mine and that was because I didn’t know what kind of Tiny house I wanted. The square footage was figured out but everything else was a blur and since I didn’t know if Delta County would be our last move I wasn’t sure how comfortable I wanted to get.
The funny thing is I’m still trying to figure that out… I love the countryside but sometimes being an outsider in a tight knit community isn’t always the most comforting.
Which is interesting because I was born and raised in a small town; we even raised our kids in a small town for a while and it was a very similar experience.
The reality is the grass is never greener on the other side of the fence, every place large or small is covered in flaws. In a small community those flaws feel more like large cracks because a lot of time is wasted on what other people are doing.
To lift the fog, I directed my attention towards positive thinking and that’s when all sense of negativity moved on because I stopped listening.
Living minimal is grand and I’m in the mix of figuring out a house plan that works for us. This lifestyle doesn’t weigh us down which means it’s been a huge blessing.
I guess when you go from life with kids to an empty nest at some point you realize it doesn’t take much to exist in this world. The more you have, the more tied down you become which also means less time for the things that inspire who we’re called to be.
So much of our life is wrapped up in stuff that we forget we came into this world with absolutely nothing.
These are thoughts I’ve pondered the past year that helped me grow and get through some difficult times because living tiny isn’t easy and it definitely isn’t for everyone.
Things that I do like about Tiny Living
- It’s brought Robert and I closer together -which I didn’t think was even possible.
- Cozy – I love that even though I don’t like small spaces it’s very comfortable and cozy.
- A Smaller Fridge – We don’t like leftovers, this forced me to cook in smaller portions and not waste food.
- Easy to Clean – I only spend an hour or less each week doing regular house cleaning.
- Less Storage – This has helped me narrow down the number of products I bring home so I’m not being wasteful.
- Faster to cool and heat – It doesn’t take very long to get the room temperature correct and the electric bill is always under $50
- Organized – Everything is easy to find this I LOVE!
- It’s also helped me get back to basics.
With everything that I like about this way of living there is one thing I miss more than anything and that’s my kitchen. If I had just one more counter for food prep life would be so much easier, so much easier…
Which is why we decided to finish turning the shed into a house so we can move in. Over the summer it became perfectly clear I was seeking an environment with more space and felt less temporary.
Oh, and the additional 150 square feet will be very welcoming.
Finding what works takes time and I’ve noticed clutter can turn a small space into chaos within seconds. Everything needs its own place especially if you like a neat and tidy home.
I found clutter is nothing more than a state of confusion and when you remove it everything becomes crystal clear.
For the most part I think that’s why many folks can’t ever imagine living Tiny. There’s a lot of letting go, I mean a lot but what so many can’t see or even comprehend is there’s a great deal of personal growth that follows.
For those considering the idea of Tiny living I recommend looking at several different options in person, figure out what you can or cannot live without and choose the square footage it will take to achieve that.
Tiny living is based on 500 square feet or less. We always liked the idea of 399 square feet for several reasons but mostly because it’s sufficient for two people.
Robert hasn’t struggled at all with living Tiny, he’s incredibly happy and says all the time, “I love our life.” He’s been amazing at making our first year a success, even when I had days I thought it wasn’t working. Thankfully I married an awesome man who responds with a smile and says, “Whatever you want darlin…”
Our first year of Tiny living brought forward a sense of contentment; I’ve figured out what our long term plans look like too. For the time being we need to get our ideas together for Quail Grove and finish getting the shed converted into a Tiny Home.