I grew up in a family of four kids. Pretty average size for the nineties, but nonetheless that’s a lot of kids. As such, we children were often found packed in like adorable sardines wherever we could fit. Our first small bedroom was all three of us sleeping in the top of a mini-winnie. The order: Saralynn, Zachary in the middle, and Me [Sammy was still being made, in the back bedroom of that camper] After Sammy was born my parents decided to move onward to Alaska.
So, my answer is yes. I actually love living in our Tinyhouse, with Justin and our two cats. It is actually bigger, at 85 sq ft, than most of my past living situations, and it`s actually ours.
The numbers answer this question even on my weak days. I am an avid sufferer of Disaster thinking, just one part of my very real anxiety, so if anybody might feel this way, it would be me; but we would pay $975 in our apartment [about as cheap as it comes] for one year that is $11,700.
We only pay $200 monthly to rent the land we have our house on. That is $2400 in a year. So $9300 is saved. We are building our house out of pocket while we live in it, and in total to date we have put in about $12,000.
I don’t feel we have made a mistake. In about a year and a half we won’t be shelling cash out to finish the house, we will be buying property.
Our house doesn’t smell like farts, but that’s pretty funny!
Let’s be honest, when your partner farts [even in a big house] you play victim to the smells. It’s the same in the tiny-house. And we have four opening windows to air out the stank. As well as a privacy screen door that lets in all the fresh air without allowing anyone to see inside. Worst case scenario, light a match, problem solved.
Having nowhere to run during arguments, means dealing with the problem right then and there. That’s not to be discounted. I am a feeling bottler, so this has helped curb my sulking habits. Justin and I are much stronger as a unit now, then we were when we had all that space to walk around and avoid our problems.
Come on, your mom probably told you to do it your entire childhood! Sure there might be two bowls dirty if you pop in unannounced, but those are in the sink soaking, pretty clean still.
I make the bed in the afternoon, and I try to keep my stove top shiny all the time. We don’t have kids, but the cats make messes sometimes [stealing socks out of the laundry basket and kicking litter out of the box].
Of course we all have bad days. Communication is key, knowing your partner helps to avoid picking at them at the wrong moments.
If we need space we take space. Sometimes he will watch UFC and I`ll surf the web. Or I`ll garden outside and he`ll do what he does inside. We don't need to have four bedrooms in between us to respect each others space. Just don't talk to each other and do your own thing.
It`s really pretty functional. The only time the Tinyhouse feels tight the way everyone imagines, is when we are doing projects. Other than that it’s really very comfortable.
- We will kick a#$ in the zombie apocalypse, I already rock at foraging.
- We don’t have kids, but our sexy times works just as good in our tiny-house.
- Again our house doesn’t smell like Mexican food farts.
- I love having guests, and we have fit like 8 firefighters in our 85 square foot house, with us in it too.