*This is a guest post from our friends at Tiny House Society – an excellent resource to check out!
I think we can all agree that tiny houses are tiny.
How tiny, you ask? Typically around 400 square feet or less is the general consensus.
While this can be quite spacious for a single occupant or even a couple, the addition of others (no matter how small or fluffy) can make a small space even smaller.
However, despite the lack of square footage, tiny houses also bring plenty of benefits that affect the whole family.
Before taking the leap to tiny living, it’s a good idea to understand the ins and outs of this way of living.
What are Some of the Challenges of Living in a Tiny House with a Family?
Downsizing can be tricky, but downsizing as an entire family can be even more challenging. Let’s take a look at some of the aspects of tiny living that you’ll want to be aware of:
- Sleeping Spaces. Finding a floor plan that can accommodate an entire family is one of the more common tiny house challenges you may encounter. You’ll want to take the time to figure out the logistics of sleeping spaces.
- Alone Time. Needing space is totally normal, but also slightly more difficult to do in a tiny house. Spend time outdoors or send the kids on sleepovers to get some much-needed alone time!
- Pet Stuff. Owning a pet means you’ll need to make room for things like food and toys. Get creative and save precious floor space by putting food bowls in pull-out drawers, or the litter box in a closed cabinet.
- Baby-Proofing. Having a baby in a tiny house means you’ll need to think carefully about all of the corners, cabinets, and plug outlets that are within reach. On the other hand, the smaller space means your child will never be too far out of sight.
While tiny living as a family can certainly present some challenges, it also offers some enticing benefits…
Tiny Living Pays Off
A major reason why tiny house enthusiasts go tiny is to save money. While the average cost of a home in the United States is around $200,000, a tiny house can be built for a fraction of the price. Have building experience? Any part of the build you can do yourself without having to hire a professional will save you a significant chunk of change. Additionally, less consumption equals bigger savings! It costs far less to heat or cool a tiny house. Going tiny also means there’s a possibility of not paying a mortgage, meaning all those savings can instead go toward other family expenses and adventures!
Tiny Living Means You’ll Get Closer as a Family
As I mentioned previously, tiny houses are indeed tiny. Should a disagreement arise, the smaller space encourages communication rather than avoidance. Additionally, the intertwined kitchen and living spaces make having family dinners easy–the natural intimacy that a tiny house brings is something that many families strive for.
Tiny Living Gives You the Freedom to Move
If you’re interested in a tiny house on wheels, you’ll be able to move your family and your entire home without the stress of packing. Whether your partner has a new job in a new city or you want to move closer to your daughter’s school; living in a tiny house on wheels means you can get up and go whenever you please.
Tiny Houses Change How You Spend Your Time
Less space means less time spent cleaning. Although you may have to tidy up more often, a tiny home means less space that needs to be cleaned. You’ll have more time to do fun things as a family!
Are Tiny Houses Right for your Family?
Living in a tiny house is a great way to embrace the simple goodness of life as a family. You’ll be able to focus less on material things, and more on spending quality time together. While tiny living certainly has its challenges, it also provides a unique opportunity to learn and grow.
Don’t forget; tiny living doesn’t have to be permanent. For some, a tiny house may be a forever home. For others, it’s a way to save towards a larger home. There’s no right way to do it. It’s a lifestyle that can be adapted to each family’s individual needs.
Living with less allows us to focus on the important things in life; be that our passions, our planet, or the people we love. If you’re interested in going tiny as a family, try renting a tiny house–you might be pleasantly surprised!
by Molli McGee