It’s not just a house – it’s a lifestyle
Tiny houses aren’t only capturing people’s attention – they’re turning into a full-on movement. People from all walks of life are choosing to downsize their lives by living with less and in less space. So, just how tiny are tiny homes? The typical tiny house is usually between 9 and 37 square metres. (Yes, you read that right.)
My husband and I have been in our 18-square-metre home for a year and a half. Our reasons for choosing this lifestyle include the financial freedom that comes from mortgage-free living, more free time because we have less house to maintain, and clean living in a more eco-friendly and sustainable dwelling that aligns with our focus on the environment. Plus, because we save money from not having to pay rent or a mortgage, we are able to travel more frequently. Of course, there are also some challenges that come with living in a tiny house, but we’ve figured out a few key ways to make this lifestyle work for us. Here’s what it’s all really like.
The outdoors become an extension of your house
To make living in a tiny house work, you really have to like the outdoors. We are generally outside all day and sometimes consider our home just the place where we sleep. We are always walking or hiking, and I’ll cook outside when the weather is nice. The winter can be different, but snow doesn’t keep us inside – we both have a good pair of snowshoes! When it’s raining or storming, it can get hard, but the wood-burning stove changes the ambience of the house. Yes, we can get stir-crazy on bad-weather days, but that can happen in a house of any size.
You have to find your own space sometimes
With both of us working from home, sometimes we have to get creative finding our own individual space. I work for myself as a communications consultant primarily with charter schools, and my husband, Todd, works in construction project management. Because we spend a lot of time outdoors, it has worked out well, but everyone needs their alone time. Todd travels for work, so that’s one way we have time to ourselves, but one of us can also simply go for a walk or a run or meet with a friend and do something on our own.
Overall, living in a tiny house has been great for our relationship. We both believe that we have become better communicators. Because we are in such close quarters, we resolve issues quicker by diving headfirst into whatever arises. I also tell people that you really have to like your significant other if you live in quarters this small. I mean, not just love the person, but also really like them!