…my love for tiny spaces allowed me to dream, create, and design.
Tiny houses are everywhere. There are entire HGTV shows dedicated to them. It seems like everyone has an opinion. Some people are ready to sell all the things they don’t need and jump right in, while others can’t imagine living in 100 SF without going crazy. Me? Well, I can’t say enough how much I LOVE Tiny Houses.
A little context:
Growing up as kid in Michigan, there were 9 of us in one house with one full bath and one half bath. 6 of those 9 humans were my brothers. I would lock myself in that one full bathroom upstairs to get away from them all and sit on the side of the bathtub, wondering how I could actually make that space into a place to live. Where would the bed go? The kitchen? Could a bed fold down from the ceiling? Could one live in a space that small? It used to make me laugh – but my love for tiny spaces allowed me to dream, create, and design. Aside from reading, it was one of my favorite things. Perhaps I am the one who created the tiny house idea so many years ago? Maybe! Truth be told, I never did figure it out.
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I have loved small spaces ever since my days of bathroom dreaming, so it may come as no surprise that I am a proponent of the tiny house movement. Think about how simple the living is. Many of them have solar panels, one bedroom, lofts, small kitchens, amazing storage for such small spaces – and NO CLUTTER. In my opinion, the best part about tiny houses is that they force you outdoors. When we were kids, we were sent outdoors to play, ride our bikes, play kick ball, weed the garden, do all that we don’t really do anymore. No TV allowed; you know the drill. Tiny houses connect us back to that way of life.
Maybe you’re not an outdoorsy person, and your idea of a relaxing afternoon is curling up on the couch with a good book. Don’t write off a tiny house just yet! One of the biggest advantages of living in a tiny house is the organization. If you’re living in a small home, you have no choice but to downsize, simplify, and keep things organized.
It amazes me how someone living in a 300-500 SF home can really utilize all of the space WITHOUT clutter and confusion. The simple lines, utilizing vertical instead of horizontal space – a place and nook for everything – WOW! I am totally in love with downsizing and simplifying. A lot of us (including myself) have parts of our houses that we spread into and collect stuff for years….stuff, well, that we really don’t need. It might be intimidating, but a tiny house definitely requires simplification!
You might be reading this and thinking, “I could never downsize that much!” That’s fair! Tiny houses are not for everyone. But if you’re thinking about your own tiny space….think about this: no matter how big or small your house is, we all (friends, family, couples, kids) usually use just a few rooms in our house. When we entertain, we gather in one spot… Where is it in your home? We do most of our living in a small space anyway! Within our homes, we all essentially have a tiny house. If you’re considering a tiny house, I say go for it…and expect me to come over for a visit! 🙂