The popularity of tiny houses is constantly rising. People are leaving their old houses and living conditions behind to move into this new lifestyle. Some see tiny living as an economically viable option, while others consider it to be a part of sustainable living and housing for the future. Whatever be their reason for moving, one thing is for sure – tiny houses are designed for a minimalist lifestyle. And to adjust to this modern housing system, you need to bring certain changes to your habits and way of life.
However, adjusting to these changes is easier said than done. Thus, you need to approach them in a step-by-step manner. To help you out in this regard, here are a few things you have to understand.
It’s All in the Planning
If you have future tiny house plans, ensure that you do your due diligence into the lifestyle, as many standard home living habits simply won’t do for life in a tiny home. The planning phase for moving into your new tiny home is very important. It helps you realize what you’re getting yourself into, what to expect from this new lifestyle, and how you might adjust yourself to fit into it.
A good plan starts with two simple questions – why, and how. Ask yourself why you need to do something, and how you can do it. By asking and answering these questions, you can formulate a foolproof plan to help with your transition into your new lifestyle. This will also help you understand the difficulties you might have to deal with.
Your plans should incorporate various physical aspects of the tiny house. For instance, how many square feet in floor space do you need to set up your kitchen; whether or not you need a partition between your bedroom and the rest of the house; can you get creative with the storage spaces, and so on.
Without proper planning, it’ll be very difficult to adjust to your new tiny home. So before you decide to buy or build a tiny house, make sure you’ve planned things out and are aware of the challenges that might come your way.
Making Room by Letting Go
When you move to a tiny house, one of the biggest challenges you have to deal with is finding adequate space to accommodate all your belongings. Despite getting creative with your storage areas, and trying your best to make room for all your stuff, you’ll still fail to accommodate everything you own. This is when you need to accept the fact that you must let go of certain things to make room for the more important ones.
We, as human beings, feel attached to different things. And whether or not we use them in any way, it’s in our nature to keep them with us. This is a habit that you need to let go of while embracing the minimalist lifestyle at your tiny home. You need to keep only what you need; the rest is garbage and you need to dispose of them.
If you’re unable to decide what you should keep and what you need to let go of, you can apply the KonMari method. It’ll help you decide what’s worth keeping, and what are the things you can live without. By doing so, you’ll be able to make room for more important and necessary things needed for your new lifestyle.
Doing More with Less
When you move into a tiny house, you’ll have to learn the art of doing more with less. This means that you need to utilize every bit of space and every single resource or item that you have. And you can’t just stop there; you need to innovate with these spaces and items as well.
For instance, if you have a small table at one corner of your house, it needs to serve more than one purpose. You can use this table to consume all your meals, use it as an ironing board, or even as a reading table. Under the table, you can install small shelves to store books or kitchenware. The table might even be a folding one, which can easily be folded and stored away every time you feel like you need some extra space inside the house.
Tiny living can be luxurious, but it shouldn’t be wasteful. Given how small these houses are, nothing’s as valuable to you as living space. Hence, functionality will always get preference over luxury or aesthetics. If you’re able to innovate properly, these things can go hand in hand, and you can enjoy a bit of luxury too.