Back to the Basics: Tiny Living in a Tiny House

Ok, so I've been slightly obsessed with this Tiny House thing since BJ and I stumbled upon a documentary about it on Netflix last summer called Tiny: A story about living small. (You should definitely check it out!) 

We talked about it while oddly entertaining the idea for a few days… Though we didn't forget about it, it was pushed to the back of our minds and down the priority list… until recently. Now, this is not saying we are selling our house and joining the Tiny House movement today. I love my children and though there are a lot of things we could do without, I could not do without a decent sized bathroom to lock myself into every now and again (which means most everyday) This is something BJ and I feel we could do when the time comes to downsize. We aren't high maintenance, don't need for much and are much happier when we can get out and explore the outdoors. Before we bought our first house, before Ayden was born, we lived in a bedroom at his moms house. We were always use to being in the same room and have always said we get along better when we are together rather than apart. I remember our first night in our new home he was watching TV in the living room and I was ready to go to bed. Though our bed was in the bedroom, obviously, I stayed on the couch until he was ready for bed because I wasn't use to sleeping without him in the room. Honestly to this day, I sleep better with him in the bed with me. So with that said, I do not think the small space would phase us, I think we would thrive.

The Tiny House Movement
  1. The small house movement (also known as the "tiny house movement") is a popular description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes.

    What are Tiny Houses? The Tiny House Movement? Tiny Living?
    Simply put it is a social movement where people are downsizing the space that they live in. The typical American home is around 2600 square feet, while the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms but they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living.
    People are joining this movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons are because of environmental concerns, financial concerns and seeking more time and freedom.  For most Americans 1/3 to 1/2 of their income is dedicated to the roof over their heads; This translates to 15 years of working over your life time just to pay for it and because of it 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.
    So what is the alternative?  One might be to live smaller.  While we don’t think tiny houses are for everyone, there are lessons to be learned and applied to escape the cycle of debt where almost 70% of Americans are trapped in right now.
    cost of buying a house over 30 years
    This is a growing movement, that is for sure!  With international attention on CNN, AP, Guardian, Huffington Post, NBC, Oprah, PBS and so many more people have come to know about another way to live their lives.  Every month I have thousands and thousands of readers come to my site and I know other sites experience the same.
    This site focuses on Tiny Living or living The Tiny Life.  Which Tiny Houses are the focal point in a broader system to address issues, concerns and problems of current day.
    tiny living encompasses: tiny houses, life simplification, environmental consciousness, self sufficiency, sound fiscal plans and life adventures

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    Even if, after all this, you don't want to sell your house and become an "off the grid, living of the land, hippie", (though you have to admit sounds pretty damn good sometimes) its still nice to get a new perspective on things. Personally, I don't want to "keep up with the Joneses" I probably couldn't afford them anyways… I really like the idea of something outside the norm. Something completely crazy but that totally makes sense. Something that is not on the path but completely off the beaten path. I mean, really think about the meaning of simplifying. Simplify the way you think. Don't be Negative. Smile more. Buy less. Explore outdoors more. Live in the moment. Simply simplify the way you live. (This is really starting to sound like a self help book, jeez)

    This whole movement is very inspiring to me. It gives BJ and I something new to discuss and learn about. It makes us look at our home a little differently. It makes us appreciate things a little more. Its crazy how something so simple can make you look at life through new eyes. It makes you think outside the box. I never liked that stupid box anyways. 

    Though I am sure the majority of y'all are not running out to buy a new tiny doll house, hopefully you can take a little something from this blog. Even a simple smile? :) There ya go!

    Here are a few websites and blogs I really enjoyed sifting through this past weekend. Hope y'all do the same. Thanks for reading!

    ~Mika Beggs

    Tiny House Companies

    Awesome tiny house bloggers

    Feel free to comment below with any of your favorites!!

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    ~Mika Beggs