Just how do you decide what to keep when moving to a tiny house? Are there some general rules for what stays and what goes? What’s the easiest way to make the transition? Is storage a viable solution? How much of what you own will actually fit in a tiny home without sacrificing convenience and comfort?
If you’re thinking of down-sizing to a tiny home, a preliminary weed out may be in order. You can start by selling, donating or giving away anything you haven’t used recently. Use this time to really think about what’s important to you and what you can or cannot live without. Of course, there are a few rules that seem to work for almost everyone.
Rules to live by
Decor is mostly disposable. That is, unless it has sentimental value. Even then, you might consider that memories are more valuable than any personal possession. One theory is that you should toss anything you haven’t used in a year. Others make 6 months the cut off. Of course, this is your life. It’s up to you to make rules for sorting out your possessions that you can live by.
The easiest way
I’ve been giving tiny house living a lot of thought lately. I’ve come up with what I think would be the simplest way to downsize. Here’s how it goes. I would buy or build the tiny house. Then, I would simply start moving in, beginning with the items I consider most important. Once the house is filled to a comfortable level, without being overstuffed, I’d have to let the rest go.
How about that storage unit?
You might consider renting a storage space for any personal possessions that don’t fit in your tiny house. On the other hand, that could be considered defeating to your purpose. After all, the whole idea is to live as minimally as possible. Why would you want to hold on to things you’re not even using. Plus, storage units cost money. If your goal is to have fewer bills, renting a storage unit is not in line with that way of thinking.
Your comfort zone
How can you be sure that tiny house living would be comfortable for you, personally? One way is to think about your own personal sources of satisfaction. What brings you happiness? Be sure to include those factors in your plan when designing and stocking your tiny home. You may not be able to include all your favorite things. You can, however, prioritize so that you have what makes you happiest.
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