Photo: Many tiny house owners love taking cozy photos like this of their lifestyle. Credit: Shutterstock
11. Living by Example
There are so many people out there who like to preach about reducing carbon footprint, minimalism, and all of that jazz, but fewer people who are willing to put their money where their mouth is. If green living truly is something that is important to you, living in a tiny house can be a way for you to lead by example. You can show other people that you truly do not need a huge McMansion and a four-car garage to be happy.
10. It Gives You The Ability to Visit Your Relatives More Often
When we live in a large house or comfortable apartment, it is all too easy to become a homebody. Sometimes we do not feel motivated to get out and see our relatives. Or, if our friends and family live too far away we may make the excuse that it is too expensive to travel there. With tiny house living, you are probably more likely to visit your family because you will feel the need to get out of the tiny space. It will also give you the ability to take your lodgings with you cross country. Now even if your relatives do not have a space for you to sleep in their house, you have your own bedroom. This makes it easier to visit relatives during the holidays or any other time of year.
Dogs love to explore. When you bring them to a new park, they are always sniffing and wagging their tails because they love seeing and smell new things. Imagine bringing your dog to a new park once a week. They will be happy to take long walks and hikes with you through the forest as you look at the wide world that you live in. On the flip side, if you live with a dog in an apartment, you might only give them the ability to circle the same small patch of grass. And it is likely that they are staying alone for hours at a time.
Whenever it is your turn to host Thanksgiving or Christmas it, sometimes becomes a huge nightmare. You will have to pay for food and figure out where everyone is going to sleep. This can be so stressful that some families opt to rotate the responsibility every year to a different member of the family. When you live in a very small space like a tiny house, you will never have to take on this responsibility. In fact, it would actually be impossible. Most trailers have a weight limit, so you can only have a maximum of 3 to 4 people in the home at one time. If you like throwing parties, this could be a huge negative thing. But if you do not enjoy being the host of shindigs, that is a huge plus for your low-key lifestyle.
When you own a full-sized house there is a lot to worry about. You will have to pay for repairs, taxes, and maintain your property and surrounding sidewalks. There is so much to worry about when you are a homeowner. It causes a tremendous amount of stress for a lot of people, and it is enough for some to become life-long renters so that they can totally abstain from the responsibility. With the tiny house, you really only have to worry about your small home and not much else. In most cases, you will not own the land that your house is parked on. And you will therefore not be responsible for the taxes or maintaining any of the property. Plus, if the house is brand new, it is not likely that many things will break down on you.
With so many people curious about living the tiny house lifestyle, you should not have a problem selling your tiny house once you’re done living in it. If you were selling a full-sized house, you would have to go through the process of working with a real estate agent, having inspections, repairs, and waiting for someone to quality for a mortgage. When it is time to sell a tiny house, you are often dealing in cash purchases, and it is simply a matter of switching the title over to the new owner, similar to an RV. Many people who are ready to start a family and say goodbye to tiny house living choose to put their houses on TinyHouseListings.com.
Some people claim that when they stay in a large house alone, they do not feel as safe. This may be due to the fact that in a large home you cannot be totally aware of what is happening in every single room. For example, if you have a bedroom upstairs you may have no idea if someone has broken in downstairs. People who own a tiny house have claimed that they feel much more safe and secure because their entire living space is laid out in front of them. They can also hear any oncoming Intruders surrounding them if it were to ever happen. Plus, since it is such a small house it is unlikely that anyone would ever want to rob it, because they will already know that it’s owned by someone who is living a minimalist lifestyle with very few material things. What would they want to steal, a yoga mat? Unlikely.
There are some people who will go their entire lives never living alone. They may transition from living with their parents to getting a college roommate to immediately moving in with a significant other. If this describes your life, there is nothing wrong with that. Loneliness is a real thing, and human beings are meant to spend life together. However, many people have reported that when they lived alone for the very first time, they found a part of themselves that they would have never been able to explore otherwise. If you live in a tiny house, it is likely that you are going solo. Even if you only spend one year living tiny, it may fundamentally change your life and help with discovering who you truly are as a person.
In a large house it takes a lot of energy to heat the entire space. If there are very tall ceilings it also becomes almost impossible for a place to actually feel warm. After all, heat rises and it will take a significant amount of time before you can feel cozy. But in a tiny house, if you have a wood stove it will become very warm very quickly. In such a small living space it does not take very much energy to heat up the house. So in many ways you will actually feel warmer in this little space compared to a large mansion.
For people who live in an apartment or house, many of them believe in the traditional way of doing things. Some will even look down on anyone who decides to live in a sprinter van, trailer, or any other form of alternate housing. If you are choosing to live in a tiny house it means that you’re already an open-minded person who is willing to think outside of the box. If you actually cross the line and build or buy a tiny house you will begin a journey of meeting all different types of people who are living an alternate lifestyle. Many people say that the experience of living in a tiny house has helped them become less judgmental and more open-minded to all different kinds of people.
If you have to climb in and out of a loft to go to sleep everyday, this means that you are getting some form of physical activity. If you become lazy and are no longer physically fit it will become almost impossible for you to actually get up the ladder. Many people who live in a tiny house end up becoming even more healthy and fit than they were before they moved in. This comes from a combination of the physical activities of building the house, hiking, climbing, and all of the other necessities that go into making the house in the first place. You will not have the option to sit at your desk or plop on the couch at the end of the night. If you want to survive in a tiny house you need to stay in great physical shape.