I {heart} Tiny Houses!

When I was in Alabama visiting John last month (catch up HERE and HERE) I was talking with a friend on the phone. She was asking me what I had planned for my day and, in the same breath, asked me if I wasn't just totally bored by living in a small camper for a whole month. Didn't I miss my big house in the city? Didn't I miss all of my things; my stuff? Didn't I find it claustrophobic being 'trapped' in a fifth-wheel trailer?

My answer?

No.

No, I don't get bored especially because I'm living in a small camper. If I suffer from any type of boredom it's not because of where I'm hanging my hat at night. I once heard that only boring people are boring, and it's safe to say that I don't find myself too bored as of late.

No, I don't miss our big house in the city. I miss the life I've made at our home in the city, but it has nothing to do with the size. It has nothing to do with the majority of the possessions in our home, either.

No, I don't find it claustrophobic living in a small space. It's actually quite liberating knowing the difference between your needs and wants, and only surrounding yourself with essential items.

There's this craze you've probably heard about recently, and if you guess that John and I are following it with great interest, you'd be right.

I'm talking about tiny houses, and their increasing popularity among people who are sustainably-minded, who want to live mortgage free, or who want to reduce their dependency on typical American consumerism.

Credit to The Tiny Life


I feel like we are already living 50% of our lives in a tiny house. Or, at least John is anyway. He spends over 6 months of the year living in our fifth wheel. In fact, in 2013, he lived on the road in our camper 208 days out of 365.

That number can be a little disparaging if you take it for face value, and trust me, it takes a LOT of effort to make our marriage work, but that's not the topic of today's post. The topic of today's post is simply to bring awareness to the tiny house movement, and share some of my favorite tiny house resources with you.

One of my favorite sites (and Facebook pages) is Tiny House Swoon.


People all over the world submit photos of the inside and outside of their tiny homes for others to 'swoon' over. And believe me, do I ever pine for these cute little dwellings.

Then I remember I have my own tiny house in camper form, complete with a bearded construction worker, and I feel a bit less envious ;) 

There's also this site called The Tiny Life, which is a fabulous resource for those genuinely interested in living large in a small space.


You're probably wondering if John and I would ever sell our home and the majority of our belongings and live in our camper full time.

I can't answer that. 

Not because I have a secret to hide, but because I don't know. We've talked about it often, and I think we could do it and be happy. It would sure eliminate our largest form of debt: Our mortgage! Though, we would miss having a 'home base', and I would miss having a big garden and space for urban farming. There are modifications we could make to our practices that would allow us to continue pursuing our passion for homesteading, but it would take work.

I don't think we're at that point yet. We've found contentment with our physical place in life, and are going to enjoy the ride for a while.

In the mean time, I'll just swoon over some tiny houses. Don't mind me.

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If you have a minute before you go, check out this PBS video on tiny houses:
Watch The 'tiny house' movement on PBS. See more from Need To Know.

2 comments:

  1. Great post, Kelli!

    I swoon over tiny houses too, and often wonder if my husband and I, a dog and cat could survive in one. I am sure if the setting were fantastic (think woods! lake! a view!), we would have no problem. Something to strive and works towards, that's for sure.

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    1. Yes, the setting would have to be supreme, since so much time would be spent outside. In fact, I think it would be great to have a tiny house with a wonderful outdoor living space (patio, deck, fire pit, flower and vegetable gardens, etc.) - it would make the size of the home much less important.

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