Oh my gosh, home buying is SUCH a big decision. It requires so much time and money, not to mention the emotional aspect of finding the right home. It is crazy.
This stress may in some ways be minimized and in some ways exacerbated by choosing to go tiny. I've read countless articles on the subject, some of which are written by people who say that going tiny was a breeze, others that say it was full of sacrifice, and everything in between.
And this is a bit of a tangent, but there was this one blog post that was just plain hilarious. The blogger, Lauren Modery, questioned tiny housers about their real feelings, (check it out here!)
"You look so freakin’ happy in that Dwell Magazine article or Buzzfeed post, but c’mon, you can’t tell me that you don’t lie awake at night, your face four inches from the ceiling because the only place your bed fits is above the kitchen sink which also acts as your shower, and think, I’ve made a terrible mistake."
And she has a point! You have to wonder what going tiny is like, really.
If you are pondering the idea of going tiny I would give you one piece of advice, as it helped me tremendously, and that is to try on tiny!
Do you know anyone who has a tiny house? Ask them, if they would be willing to let you come over and see their space, or better yet (while being respectful of the fact that it is their home) ask them if you could stay a night there. If you don't know anyone, all is not lost. Airbnb is a great way to rent a tiny house for a night. Finding them amongst other listing can be tricky, but I recommend limiting the search results to "entire house" and "1 bed." This is a great, fairly inexpensive way to rent a tiny house. Check out Airbnb here.
This is exactly what my Dad and I did while on a road trip up in Montana. Staying in that 24' tiny house helped me solidify my desire to go tiny, gave me new ideas for my design, and (somewhat unexpectedly) converted my dad! Now he is seriously considering changing his living situation by selling his average american sized house to something smaller, MUCH smaller- maybe even a tiny house on wheels!
The peace of mind that "trying on" a tiny house provides is well worth the $100-$200 rental fee. It is a must for anyone who is wondering what going tiny is like, really.