I think Tiny Houses fundamentally change your perspective on space. Over the last few weeks I’ve had a couple of experiences that have highlighted this point in ways I never expected. So I decided to share them with you!
First, Tiny Houses can make porta potties seem spacious. . .
Okay, so I realize this is a bizarre statement and an even more bizarre picture…but, I have done a lot of half marathons over the last three years, so I’ve spent more time in porta potties than anyone should. But when I was at the TH Jamboree last month, I stepped into the available porta potty and for the first time thought, wow this is pretty big.
It struck me as odd because never in all of my days of using a porta potty in the past had I ever uttered those words to myself…in fact normally I had the opposite reaction. My “normal” reaction was always, why is this thing so small?!? I would groan and complain about the lack of room, if not out loud, certainly in my head.
Ironically now, porta potties feel relatively spacious and almost inviting…okay not really inviting, but certainly not cramped. Noticing the space was startling. I realized now that I live in my tiny house I am much more conscious of functional space. Living tiny helps you identify what you really need to use in a space and what you don’t, which brings me to my second observation…
Tiny Houses make almost all hotel rooms seem extravagant.
As I have mentioned a number of times, I love traveling. One of the things I was most excited about regarding my decision to go tiny was the ability to save money on living expenses so I could spend more on experiences, particularly travel. However, I was not expecting my living space to change my view of my travel accommodations. But it has.
My change in living style has made me more uncomfortable with what I see as “extra” space in my hotel room. Before I went tiny, one of the things I found the most challenging was not feeling too crowded in my hotel room. I typically packed more than I needed for the trip and I often felt cramped when I got settled. When I traveled for work, the best rooms were those that had suites. After all, “I needed” a bedroom, living space and kitchen.
Now that all that space seems unnecessary. Now when I walk in to a hotel room I invariably think…this room is bigger than my house! It’s amazing how extravagant hotel rooms seem after living in a smaller space. While I do still love having a mini fridge in my hotel room, I’m more comfortable in a standard room (which is often still bigger than my tiny house) than I am in a suite.
I bring up these two observations because they are unexpected and startling. If you had ask me a year ago if tiny living would fundamentally change me, I’m not sure how I would have answered. However, after 10 months in my tiny house, I realize that it has made me more conscious of how I use space and certainly more appreciative of what I actually need and want to be comfortable.
If you are just starting out on your tiny house journey, make sure you take the time to analyze how you use your current space and how you want to use future space. Make a list of the activities you want to do in your tiny house and make sure you match your tiny house space with your must have list. And the next time you are traveling take the time to pay attention to the space you use in your temporary home. Is it all really necessary? Is there anything you can do without? Taking the time to notice the space around you, will help you immensely when it’s time to design your space and make the transition to a smaller home.
Remember, you can probably live in a lot less space than you think you need!
Until next time,