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Are You Ready for Tiny Living – 5 Signs You Are Not Suited to Live in a Tiny Home

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If you are looking forward to getting back to basics, save money, and make your life simple, it may be time to consider moving into a tiny house.

Many reasons would make you go tiny such as affordability, saving energy, among others.

Tiny living has become very popular in recent years. You’ve probably discussed it with your friends, watched something relating to it on the news or even read about it on the internet. Living in a tiny house can help you become organized and lead a simplified life.

The ever-rising cost of houses, steep mortgage repayments, and the higher cost of sustaining large houses, has made many Americans think about living in tiny houses.

But going tiny is not as easy as it seems. While we’d like to enjoy the things that come with living small, such as getting organized, downsizing our personal belongings, and having a simplified life, it does not come without challenges.

Doing anything outside the norm can be debilitating, daunting, and downright terrifying, and going tiny is no exception.

But living tiny is not for everyone. Below, you’ll see five signs that prove that you are not prepared to go tiny.

1. You Have a Strong Need for Privacy

If you or your partner are in dire need of privacy, then you should not think about moving into a tiny home yet.

Even if your home has separate rooms for you and your partner, you’ll still need more space to enjoy your privacy.

Tiny homes share garden spaces where people can gather and interact with each other. While some people consider this a good thing, the case is different for someone who values personal privacy strongly.

Besides, children can be all over the place in your tiny house, making it impossible for you to get some quiet time when you want it the most.

2. You’re Not Ready to Get Rid of Your Stuff

Usually, people keep a lot of stuff in their houses. A Clear Path founder, Regina Lark, reports that there are more than 300,000 items in an average American household. Moving to a tiny home, therefore, means getting rid of some of this stuff.

Tiny houses are appropriate for people who are comfortable living with less. If you enjoy accumulating possessions, these homes may not be right for you.

For instance, if you’ve collected artwork, you’ll not have enough room to display it. You’ll also not have enough room to keep things that you’ve saved for their sentimental value.

You’ll need to get used to having only the necessary things in your house such as bedding, essential cooking utensils, and a modest amount of clothing.

If you are not ready for all this, it might be a sign that you are not prepared to go tiny.

3. You Haven’t Done Research

A home is a great component of human life. Therefore, it is important to do your homework before deciding to move to a tiny house. However, this is not always the case.

With the industry experiencing tremendous growth, you’ll surely want to be well informed to avoid getting what you don’t want. If you are considering hiring reputable tiny home companies, or design one for yourself, be sure to do your research.

4. You Are Not Ready to Downsize

Many people are concerned about the maximum dimensions for a tiny house. Some will try to squeeze every inch in their small house.

You are justified to be space conscious if you are moving from 4000 to 400 square feet. But you should not be over conscious about space. While saving an extra space is good, it isn’t going to make a huge difference in your home. You can still gain space from areas you’ve not looked into.

It is also important to understand that it’s not possible to use every inch in your house. After going tiny, people look for every space available for storage. But because of time constraints, many do not succeed in adding all the little storage nooks that they wanted.

But after moving in, they become accustomed to living small and later realize they didn’t need the space to begin with.

5. You Don’t Care About Preserving the Environment

Most people are living tiny as a way to minimize the negative effects on the environment. Building a small house requires fewer materials as opposed to building a traditional home. It also requires less space and energy for heating and cooling.

Besides, going tiny will reduce the amount of CO2 emissions. For instance, if your current home uses about 28,000 CO2 pounds per year, a small home will use 2,000 lbs.

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Danuta Smoluk is a teacher with over three decades of experience teaching both children and adults. She specializes in teaching the Polish language to English-speakers. She has a master's degree in primary and early childhood education from WSP Słupsk (currently Pomeranian University in Słupsk) and had her degree validated by University of Toronto. Aside from education, she also has an interest in real estate and home improvement. She has planned and supervised many house renovations. She loves interior design, cooking, and gardening.

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