When questioned this year, 56 percent of Americans said that they would consider moving to a tiny house one day.
Does this sound familiar? Have you decided to take the plunge and transition to a different type of house?
If so, you probably need to do some downsizing. How else will you fit everything you own comfortably into your minuscule new home?
Below, you’ll find some expert tips to help you pare down your belongings and simplify the process of moving to a tiny house.
Why would anyone want to live in a house that’s just 225 square feet (on average)? This kind of living actually comes with many benefits, including the following:
If you want to live a simple, minimalist lifestyle, consider downsizing (both your belongings and the size of your living space). Transitioning to a miniature home can eliminate physical and mental clutter and provide you with a greater sense of peace.
Even if you’re excited about downsizing and living somewhere new, you might still be anxious or unsure of where to start. The good news is that it’s not as challenging as you might think.
Are you ready to get rid of unnecessary belongings? If so, start with these tips:
You don’t have to overhaul everything at once. Choosing and giving away, selling, or donating one item per day is a good option for those who prefer a slow and steady approach.
Clearing things out piece by piece helps you avoid overwhelm and allows you to be more intentional about what you take with you.
There is a downside to this option, though. It will take much longer than doing a massive purge all at once.
Maybe you don’t have time for the one-item-at-a-time approach. However, you might still need a more manageable strategy for downsizing.
If this is the case for you, begin with just one room. Pick a room in your house or apartment and make separate piles for what you’ll keep, donate, sell, or throw away.
After you’ve finished the first room, donate and throw away the items in those particular piles. Then, move on to the next room.
When you’re done, you can have a large yard sale and get paid for the items you don’t need anymore.
No, this isn’t a party to pack your belongings for the move. Instead, it’s a party to help you understand what items you truly need.
Pack up everything you own, carefully labeling boxes so you can easily find things. Then, gradually unpack over the next few weeks, taking out only the items you genuinely need.
At the end of this period, you’ll likely find that you only need a small portion of your belongings. Everything that’s left in boxes can be sold, donated, or thrown out.
During the downsizing period, resist the urge to buy new things.
Except for things like groceries or toiletries, don’t allow yourself to buy anything new. Remember, it’s just one more item for you to pack up and try to find room for.
Downsizing your belongings will make it much easier for you to maximize the space and avoid feeling suffocated by your clothes and kitchenware. Here are some additional tips to utilize your space effectively:
Be wary of buying more things to organize your house. Will you need to purchase some items? Absolutely. Try to make do with what you already have first, though.
Even after you’ve downsized, it can still take time to adjust to tiny house living. Whether you’ve already moved in or are just preparing for the future, these tips can help you get used to your home:
Remember to adjust your mindset as well. Focus on the benefits of tiny home living and remind yourself why you made the transition during difficult or frustrating times.
If you’re planning on transitioning to a tiny house, you likely feel excited and a little (or a lot) overwhelmed. At the same time, though, you have options.
If you follow these strategies for downsizing, maximizing your space, and adjusting to new surroundings, you’ll have a much easier time making the switch and enjoying the experience.
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