I’ve been looking at the Tiny Tumbleweed homes and am totally enamored with them. They are very small homes approximately 130 square feet, yet meet the needs of 1-2 inhabitants. They have bathrooms, kitchens, living space and a loft bedroom, but in a size that most would consider for only one room. Why would someone want to live in such a tiny abode? Is it ‘enough’? How much does one person need to live?
I have to say if I were single or even if it was just my husband and I, we would totally be living in a tiny home. If there was room for 4 kids in there too, I’d do it. Really all you need is the basics: food, shelter and water. I can hear you saying- “You are crazy!”
Many of today’s homes have just two people living in 3,000 sq. ft. homes. That’s 1,500 sq. feet per person! That’s enormous!! We were living in a 3,200 sq. ft. home, when one day, I realized that we don’t use over half of the space. There were rooms that are walked thru to other rooms and were not utilized for everyday function. Even when friends came to visit, they wouldn’t go into those rooms. It was then, that I realized we were heating and paying for square feet we didn’t even use. Next we moved into a 1,400 square foot house, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and we still had room to spare. We are a 6 person family and 1,400 square feet equates to about 230 square feet per person. Still, that’s more than double the size, in comparison to, the Tiny Tumbleweed home with a foundation.
For us, I think that it is totally feasible to have have 200 square feet per person when raising kids. Depending on age, of course. (I think kids items take up so much extra space than adults’ do, because of their toys and child rearing gadgets- (most of which, are totally unnecessary).
Cypress model from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company
The biggest advantage to living small is paying for your house outright. That means no mortgage! Why not live within your means and only pay cash? Can you even imagine a life without a mortgage or rent? What a relief that would be! For many, to pay bills is the reason for work, right? Imagine what you could do with your time if you could work less?! That ‘someday’ could be today!
Trying to keep up with the Jones’ or living today’s modern “American Dream” is leaving us with no time for activities or recreation that makes us happy. We are chained to the work. We are modern day slaves, except we are willing to trade our lives for work. It’s time to simplify our lives and break free!
A Tiny Tumbleweed home on wheels, nicely outfitted, yet doing most of the work yourself, will cost about $20,000. If you have one built for you, it’d be about $50,000. That is still cheap compared with most homes starting at $150,000. All you need then, is a place to park it. Because it is considered an RV, you could park it in any of your friend’s or family’s backyard. Better yet, travel with it and have all of the world as your backyard.
Still, most people are still squawking at the 130 square feet. How do I get all of my stuff into something that small? It’s simple really, literally and figuratively. What is really important to you? What would you grab if there was a fire? Start with the most important things and work out from there. It’s time to ditch the collections. No more space for extra unneeded things. What would you do with your time if you don’t need to dust those collections? What would you do if you don’t have to spend more than 15 minutes cleaning your whole house? I think it’d be great to have the Tumbleweed home in the backyard when you start out. You can live in the tiny home and only go into the big house to get what you need, when you need it. After a month, have an estate sale to sell all the rest. Just open the home to people and get rid of it all. You’d be surprised at how little you truly need. Then, you are living big in a little home. How great is that? Now you have time to spend on the important things that matter to you, relationships, well-being, studying or learning new things. There’s a whole life without stuff waiting for you!
Another aspect to help with the smallness of the space, is that many who live in tiny homes, depend on the outdoors to live in too. You spend a lot of your time outside when it’s nice out. Eat outside, hike outside, perhaps even have a hammock outside to enjoy an afternoon nap. Now, you are only living in your small home when there is bad weather. It is your shelter, as homes should be, not a full indoor playground. Living in a small home will have you re-connecting with nature.
For us, we’ve been downsizing for about two years now. We are aiming at living in a very small home or an RV. What I’ve noticed in the past year is, even though we live in a 1400 square foot home currently, we are in about 300 square feet, 90% of the time. That’s right, we are constantly together in the living room and kitchen. We may be playing games, studying, watching a movie, or eating. But we are all together. The kids don’t like being alone in their rooms upstairs. They bring their games to the living room. We think it’s really interesting that the kids want to be close. I guess we’ve been successful at attachment parenting without even trying
What about getting along with my mate in such tight quarters? Well, I can’t help you there. You have to have a good relationship, or use the great outdoors to your advantage- a large open space to blow off steam if you need to. However, not having stuff, will force you to examine your life and you will see your relationships in a whole new light.
Overall, your small living quarters and living simply can set you free. Free from stuff, free from mortgage and free from having to work so hard for it all. You could be living a life you dream of and pursuing your passions. Who wouldn’t want that?
Would you live in a tiny home? Why or why not? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
**Photo is from www.tumbleweedhouses.com, where you can find lots of tiny home eye candy! Buy their book, too- it’s fabulous! I have not been paid for this post, I just LOVE tiny homes!