4. How to Prepare
If you’re serious about downsizing your life, and swapping your big house for a tiny one, it’s necessary to make some mental and physical preparations.
“Study the way you use your space and write down what you actually need,” Corinne advises. “Also consider closely the costs, and the decline in value over time, to see if it is really a better financial option than buying a small house.”
“No matter how space efficient you are, you simply cannot bring everything with you and you will have to get rid of something that you think you might possibly need or use, Kelly admits. “If you’re not willing to acknowledge that you don’t need everything you have right now, then you’re not ready to live in a tiny space.”
5. Do Your Homework
I asked our tiny house experts to share the resources that were most helpful during on their journey. Here’s what they said:
The Humanure Handbook: This book “is fabulous, entertaining, and a must read for designing a non-traditional composting system. [It] really helped me design and build my own system, eventually based off the general model of the ‘Lovable Lou,’” Jamie said.
“Read Lina Minard’s account of completing the 200-thing Challenge,” says Greg, “and check out ”Radical Simplicity” by Dan Price.” As an expert, Greg is also available to answer questions via his website.
According to Kelly, some of the best advice and assistance can be found on the internet. She suggests taking a look at Tiny House Swoon (for lots of pictures and inspiration), seeking out online tiny house communities and forums (to create relationships with like-minded people), and starting a personal blog or Facebook page for your tiny house dream. “By posting on our blog and Facebook page we received regular support and assistance while building the bus. This helped motivate us to keep working, even during some significantly challenging times,” Kelly said.
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