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I’m sure you’ve seen the TV shows and you may have even seen one in real life. I’m talking about the super-cool lifestyle choice of downsizing your life and opting for Tiny House Living.
The shows I am referring to are Tiny House Nation, Tiny House Hunters, and Tiny House Big Living. I know there’s a ton more I am forgetting, There are even Tiny House conventions where “Tiny Housers” (yes, that’s a thing) gather and celebrate living in a dwelling the size of a large garden shed.
As I observe all of this Tiny House Mania I have to ask myself, could I “live tiny?”
Sure… If I lived ALONE.
Tiny House Living-WTH
The “tiny house movement,” also known as the “small house movement,” basically describes the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. The typical Tiny House is less than 399 square feet and often as small as 100; a far cry from the national average in 2014 of 2,453 square feet. Tiny Houses can be placed on a permanent foundation like a regular home, or on a trailer for a more mobile living lifestyle.
In fact, I would need TWO Tiny Houses. One for me and one for my stuff. Seems to me that having an extra house for “stuff” defeats the whole purpose of going tiny in the first place. Then there’s a bathroom issue. One of my besties (B.A. Norrgard, my co-author of Sissy Goes Tiny) who has lived tiny for over 6 years shared that the Number One question people asks her was where she goes “Number Two.” I’ll spare you the earthy and organic details, but if you can’t do your *business* without a flushing mechanism, this lifestyle may not be your thang.
But, on the flip side, I do have moments when I fantasize about giving everyone around me the boot and retreating to my Tiny House…or She Shed…or cave and enjoy sitting quietly in my own tranquility and silence for a while. In reality that would last until my stomach growled or one of my spawn banged on my door wondering if we have more bread or TP in the house…
Tiny House Living-Franticmommy Style
However, if I did ever follow through on this fantasy of living solo with little more than the clothes on my back and bucket for a bathroom, I would in fact go Big or Go Home on my Tiny Living. I would love a calm, peaceful place that is free of clutter and affords me the opportunity to choose experiences of “stuff.”
In all honesty, I love the creativity and physical aspect of swinging a hammer and making a vision a simpler lifestyle come to fruition. Some day, in the future, I would love to embrace this new adventure.
Looking for a beautiful and unconventional diverse picture book for kids? Check out the upcoming, Sissy Goes Tiny!
In Sissy Goes Tiny, eight-year-old Sissy and her parents make the bold choice to downsize their life and embark on a journey of living tiny and doing more with less. At first, Sissy struggles to get used to the idea of living in a tiny house on wheels and traveling around the U.S, but as she and her mommy and daddy learn about downsizing, repurposing, and how “stuff is just stuff,” she soon understands that a life of “living tiny” will be filled with the big adventures and learning.
“I believe that Sissy Goes Tiny is going to open so many minds for people! A tiny house is absolutely not for everyone, but we all like to dream and step into the shoes of another lifestyle in our minds. Learning about this lifestyle I think will help people be more supportive of people who do choose to live unconventionally. Sissy and her family are a great example of that.” Co-author, B.A. Norrgard
Join us in celebrating the idea of Tiny Living and BIG Adventures!