When it comes to tiny house living, half the challenge is downsizing your material possessions to what can realistically fit into 400 square feet or less. Even with storage maximized under stairs, chairs and random nooks-and-crannies, it is doubtful that everything you currently own will fit in your tiny house. Here are the top 3 downsizing tips to get what you want and need into your tiny house.
Downsizing your material possessions is a process that takes time. Even for the minimalists among us who think they have hardly anything to get rid of, you will be surprised at the sheer volume of stuff that fills our homes. From books to kitchen gadgets, cleaning supplies to memorabilia, a short lifetime of stuff builds up quickly and sneakily where you don’t even expect it. Just as all the things you currently have didn’t appear overnight, don’t expect to be rid of them overnight, or even in a week for that matter! The process of purging takes time, so start now. Don’t wait until one week, or even one month before you’re set to move into your tiny house. Start moving through the process now to reduce overwhelm later.
Start Small (One Distinct Space at a Time)
Whether you live in a 5+ bedroom house or a small 1 bedroom apartment, it can be difficult to know where to start when downsizing to a tiny house. Make a plan. Outline the distinct areas of your home that need to be sorted through: the office closet, your bedroom, the hallway linen cupboard. Once you’ve mapped out your areas, begin setting aside time to move through each space. The smaller the defined spaces you create, the less overwhelming the process will be. Remember: You don’t have to complete this in one day. Start the process long in advance of your tiny house move in date so you can work at a steady but manageable pace through the downsizing process.
Make “Yes, No, Maybe” Piles
As you sort through each area of your house, divide items into “yes, no, maybe” piles. As you pick-up each item, ask yourself if you truly need or want the item. Then place it in the appropriate pile. Think hard: Does this item add value to your life? Is it in alignment with your tiny house dream? Does it make you feel joy? Try to limit your maybes, as you will need to go back and make yes or no decisions on them later.
Have you done a tiny house downsizing of your own? What’s your number one tip to make the process painless and joy-filled?