10 Minimalism and Downsizing Tips to Perfect Your Tiny Home
Approaching Tiny Living With a Minimalist Mindset
It has always been our firm belief that owning a tiny home is more than just living in-between a few walls and a roof; it’s a conscious lifestyle choice to approach the world minimally, not just a house.
Understanding How Tiny Homes and a Minimalist Lifestyle Are Connected
To better understand this statement, compare this situation to that of owning a mansion. What message do you think a mansion owner is sending? If you answered “They’re saying that they have a ton of wealth and power”, you may very well be on the money (pun intended).
It’s the same concept, but a different answer with a tiny home. By owning a tiny home, you’re saying “I am a modest person who wants freedom and peace”. Or something along those lines.
Want to see this philosophy in action? Check out this video about Dan Price and his tiny home. Price used to own a huge mansion with ridiculous costs, but he changed his mind about the fancy mansion, deciding to choose a modest, tiny home over a luxurious one. With it, he found freedom, humility and a better connection to his roots.
Although Price’s underground home differs from modern tiny homes, the same core philosophy applies.
10 Minimalism and Downsizing Tips to Perfect Your Tiny Home
1. Have Something New? Drop Something Old
After purchasing your tiny home, you’re going to have to figure out how to fit everything inside. You might even end up having to sell or get rid of a few things. However, you will have to continue doing this whenever you decide to buy something new, so how do you deal with it?
Out with the old, in with the new. You’re going to have to get rid of old things to make room for new stuff. If you apply this concept, you’ll have no problem managing your tiny home’s space. You could even apply this to your life by removing toxic friends from your life or quitting that dreadful job you hate.
2. Choose Quality Over Quantity
This is a simple tip that you may already use, but it’s still essentialfor anyone living in a tiny home.
Purchase less. Choose carefully. Make sure everything lasts. Quality, not quantity. If you purchase things blindly, without regard for their quality, you’re going to end up filling your home with junk instead of things you actually need.
Yes, quality things cost more, but it saves you time and money in the long run. Choosing a cheap product that lacks quality means you’ll eventually have to spend time and money buying a new one.
3. Keep Your Wardrobe Simple
If you want to save space and make your life simple, you will have to simplify your wardrobe.
Simplifying your wardrobe keeps your life simple. You should only have the necessities for clothing over the latest fashion trends; consider choosing one “uniform” for each season over tons of different outfits, this will free up your time, save you money and it’ll be much more comfortable.
Want to know a famous businessman that practised this idea every day? Steve Jobs made it a point to wear the same outfit every day.
4. Only Keep What You Need, You Won’t Need Everything You Think You Want
Evaluate everything in your home and ask “Do I really need this?”You might end up learning you have tons of stuff that you own for no reason at all.
5. You Shouldn’t Care What Others Think
Living minimally means you can think whatever you want to think and do whatever you want to do.
You’re always going to be criticised, so pay it no heed and march to the beat of your own drum.
6. Embrace Your Community
Having a community to rely on is great for a ton of reasons. A good neighbour can lend you that tool you need, give you a helping hand on a hard project or just be a great friend.
However, if you want good neighbours, you must be one too. Don’t hesitate to lend a helping hand on a project or listen when someone in your community needs to vent, you could make a friend and they might pay you back tenfold one day when you’re in need.
7. One Day at a Time, You’ll Achieve Massive Goals Through Small Steps
If you try to do everything at once, you may end up messing up and leave yourself in a bigger mess than you started in.
For example: if you try to organise your house for tiny living, clean out your wardrobe and help a neighbor all at the same time, you’re probably going to end up only getting one thing done and get stressed out.
Take things one day at a time, it’ll be overwhelming if you don’t.
Just focus on what you need to do for today and you’ll eventually reach your goal.
8. Don’t be Afraid to Take a Leap of Faith
Unexpected issues will arise and things won’t always go how you think, you need to be prepared to take a leap of faith sometimes.
The quicker you accept this, the better, to make a completely unexpected move or have that difficult conversation someday. Sometimes you’ll just have to bite the bullet and get it done.
Although this might be stressful in the moment, you’ll find yourself relieved after it’s finished.
9. Favour Adventures and Experience Over Material Things
So, you rely on things to keep you occupied and/or comfortable, what do you do?
Go on an adventure!
Seriously, take a hike or travel to somewhere you haven’t been before. It’ll be way funnier than anything you’re stuck at home doing and it’ll be more fulfilling.
Of course, you don’t have to do something big; an “adventure” can be something as small as forming a new hobby or making a new friend.
10. Nature Is Your Living Space Too
Animals live in the great outdoors, why can’t you?
OK wait for a second, I’m not implying you sleep in the forest and completely forgo housing (Although that can be fun), but I am saying that you should consider nature part of your living space.
If you develop a strong connection to nature, you’ll feel fulfilled and connected to the world around you. This can be as simple as going outside to breathe in the fresh air or as complex as building a nice deck to laze around on.