Okay here is my Tiny House confession. I own a 4 x 6 cargo trailer that I use for overflow storage.
This mighty little trailer (which looks hilarious sitting beside the massive RV’s and huge trailers at the storage lot), increases my square footage by 10%. Yep, that’s right, 24 square feet adds 10% to my total square footage.
My little trailer houses my out of season clothing, my extra triathlon gear and all of the luggage I couldn’t force myself to part with. It keeps my Christmas decorations safe and gives me a spot to hang my business suits for the two times a year I need them. All in all, it is a fantastic addition to my Tiny adventure.
I have owned my cargo trailer for almost 10 years. I originally purchased my trailer to move my 55 gallon salt water aquarium from Wyoming to Georgia when I went to grad school. My little pal has traveled across country with me multiple times and has always been a fantastic way for me to move the items in my life that are most valuable.
When I decided to downsize I knew I would have that space to use for storage and it allowed me to keep some of the things I would have had to part with otherwise (like my luggage. . .I have a luggage illness). I probably wouldn’t have gone out and purchased a cargo trailer for overflow storage if I hadn’t already owned one, but it is certainly nice to have.
I can hear the gasps from here. “I thought she lived in a tiny house, isn’t that cheating?!?” Well, I guess that depends on your perspective.
The idea of right-sizing is about creating a life that is intentional and meaningful. For me, using this “extra” storage seems both practical and useful. However, I know there are those who would argue that if I have to store some of my possessions I haven’t really downsized enough.
I would love to hear your thoughts about this subject.