Tiny houses are taking the country by storm.
The question remains: do you have what it takes to the make the leap?
As more and more of the public embraces minimalist living through the tiny house movement, many of us can’t help but second guess our own living situations.
“Do I have too much? Could I actually fit in a smaller space than what I have now?”
Such questions are absolutely normal: tiny living isn’t often as glamorous as it’s presented on television. That being said, there are many myths about the transition into living in a tiny house that simply aren’t true and need to be debunked.
Whether you’re considering a tiny home or simply downsizing your current living space, understand the following tiny house myths and how to apply the “less is more” principle to your own lifestyle.
Myth #1: There’s No Room for Furniture
Although tiny living does require you to sacrifice many of your odds and ends, the fact remains that you can have elegant furniture in your tiny home.
For example, you can mix and match cottage-style furniture within your limited living space: you simply must pick and choose your pieces carefully. Tiny homes on the larger end of the spectrum allow you to enjoy more than a loft bed, too. Creativity is the name of the game when it comes to furnishing a tiny house: you may not be able to bring everything with you, but instead pick something new as starting point for your new home.
Myth #2: You Can’t Enjoy Modern Conveniences
Tiny houses are often associated with cabin-style living; however, that doesn’t mean you have to live without modern conveniences such as television and Internet. In fact, tiny homes are ideal for remote workers trying to embrace minimalist living and save money: such freelancers need access to wi-fi, for example, to make their living.
Simply because your space is scaled down doesn’t mean you’re cut off from the outside world.
Myth #3: Tiny Houses Aren’t Meant for Families
Obviously, flying solo makes for an easier transition into a tiny home. There are plenty of families making the switch, though, who simply employ a combination of the following to make sure everyone has personal space:
- Moving in a larger model: a space around 500 square feet can easily fit a family versus a 200-square foot home
- Taking advantage of outdoor space (think: patios and enclosures), ensuring that everyone in the household feels less claustrophobic and has an area for themselves
- Sectioning the home into distinct “rooms” rather than taking a studio approach to design
Families can get along just fine in a tiny home, granted they know what they’re getting into when they make the move.
Myth #4: They’re a Novelty
Tiny homes are more than just a novelty for the wealthy. To those trying to make the most out of less and enjoy a lower cost of living, tiny homes represent a viable and valuable lifestyle change. While some tenants do find themselves transitioning back into a larger space after a year or two, tiny homes are here to stay for those able to adjust.
It’s easy to knock tiny living until you’ve seen such spaces firsthand. Despite popular belief, you can live life to the fullest in a tiny house: simply understand how to make the most of your space and emphasize what’s important to your home.