Life in a Tiny Home with Tim & L
Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a tiny home? What about a tiny home that is smaller than 300 sq feet? I reached out to Tim and L. and asked the questions – what’s it like?
Tim and L live in a tiny house. Tim is in the military and has hacked his finances to put himself on the road to financial independence. L has a journalism background and has created a side hustle in photography to gain more financial freedom. Tim and L believe God always has a plan.
They love traveling and exploring. They believe in experiences are invaluable and things are dispensable. They feel that a little good can go a long way. Going tiny has helped them to invest in lives that reflect their values. You can read more about them at LifefortheBetter.com.
My questions are in bold.
How did you get involved in tiny homes?
We always talked about living in a tiny house because of our far from materialistic lifestyles. We aspire to live as minimalists and this is certainly a giant step toward that. We were on a trip to Atlanta and stayed at an Airbnb to try out a tiny home before we bought one. Getting a taste of “going tiny” helped us see if we would actually be able to live this lifestyle.
Can you tell us about your tiny home?
Our tiny home is 25’ long (30’ with the hitch) x 8.5’ wide x 13’ 6” tall. It’s 269 sq. ft. The exterior of our home is Shou Sugi Ban siding. The interior is Raw Lodgepole Pine. It’s harder to haul than one might think! (Think driving 55 mph on the interstate with everyone driving 75 mph around you. Oh, and 8 miles to the gallon. 🙂 )
Can you tell us a bit about your experience with a tiny home?
So far our experience has been amazing. The minimalist lifestyle allows a person to truly appreciate their possessions. This experience has also allowed us to minimize expenses in our budget, and thus, travel more. We tend to be outdoors and enjoy what life has to offer because we do not want to be cooped up all the time. Living tiny has encouraged us to get practical and creative with our space and eliminate junk that was wasting space in our lives.
This experience has also given us new opportunities to grow as individuals and as a couple. We helped each other go through old clothes, pack up bins of stuff to donate, plan trips to Goodwill, and we really got down to the bare bones of our possessions. There’s a lot of letting go involved. One of us had quite a bit more unnecessary junk that needed to be donated than the other. We’ll let you guess which one of us that was. 😉
What don’t people know about tiny homes?
I think people don’t know that tiny homes change your frame of mind. It isn’t just about the home itself but your lifestyle change. How will you cook food? How does that impact your grocery shopping when you have limited space? Your attitude toward life changes because you appreciate what you have. People often tend to take things for granted. Living simply has made us appreciate the small things in life.
How has living in a tiny home impacted your finances?
Our expenses have really gone down. This allows us to save more towards retirement and to travel more. By cutting costs on our housing, we have gained more disposable income. One thing about RV parks most don’t know about in regards to finances is that our Wi-Fi is included, along with sewer, trash, electric, water and lot fee. All of these small bills add up in a standard living situation, but drawing back that extra couple hundred a month allows one to live freely.
How has it impacted your health?
I would say it’s improved our health, both mentally and physically. Mentally, because we treat life differently and embrace deeper gratitude for what we have. We’ve had discussions more about life in our relationship and what truly matters to us. This has helped our relationship grow stronger and deeper. Our physical health has increased because we have to be intentional with our meals. We have to deliberately plan our meals and grocery shopping. We buy only what we need and nothing more.
What advice do you have for people who want to get into a tiny home?
My advice to those wanting to go tiny is to try before you buy. Go spend a night in an Airbnb and see if you could see yourself in one. Look at the different layouts that fit your lifestyle. For instance, do you want stairs leading to your bed, or a ladder? These little things add up over time and impact the versatility and efficiency of the tiny house.
Downsize your belongings and get creative with your space. That’s not to say you should get rid of everything, because there is a lot of space in a tiny home if you use multifunctional items like a couch that has storage underneath and pulls out into a bed.
Don’t let your disposable items control your life. You don’t actually need that much stuff to survive or to be happy. People make you happy, not things.
Where can we reach you on social media and on the internet?
Quite profound words, and thank you for sharing your tiny home with us!
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