Are Tiny Homes for Families?

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With the Tiny House movement on the rise, more and more of us are considering going tiny. But first, there are some hurdles to jump; loan approval (if you don’t mind the debt option), scraping and saving, getting out from under a current mortgage or lease. Oh! And if children are in the picture…it can be even MORE intimidating.

Just think of all their STUFF! Where would we put it? What would their friends think? What  would his friend’s mom think of ME? What address would we give the school? Do I have to be worried about Child Protective Services? Are there pamphlets on potty training via composting bucket? Don’t panic!

As a mother myself, in the planning stages of building Tiny, I have had to do my own research. What I discovered was that Tiny House Families have good reason to be firm stakeholders in the movement. Moreover, there are already many, many, many families successfully living tiny.

To name a few of those brave pioneers:

Kasl Family with their large 207 sq foot tiny home situated on a family farm.kasl.jpg

Berzins Family living tiny so they can grow a mortgage-free homestead.very-small-house-family-virginia_24c7d1956f22ef1a0bbc2f91ee5017b3_3x2_jpg_600x400_q85.jpg

Macy, James, Hazel,& their dog,Denver living more with less.macy.jpg

Consider this:

  1. Define your values. Prioritize what you think is important in life; ex.Career, Family, Leisure, Pursuing dreams. In reality, how much time are you devoting? You may find that a Tiny Home will help you balance your values and goals with your way of living.
  2. Children learn to value life experiences more than material possessions
  3. “Forced” to enjoy outdoor space. More fresh air and exercise!
  4. Tinier homes are easier and less costly to maintain and, therefore, safer
  5. Ability to afford higher quality foods
  6. Less pressure to “keep up with the Joneses”
  7. Less sq. footage means less time needed to clean
  8. Less stuff means less tidying (downsizing your closet means less laundry,too!)
  9. Less space to accumulate clutter = more pocket $ and less overwhelming
  10. More financial stability
  11. Pay off debt faster
  12. Work Schedule and projects on your terms
  13. More time to pursue dreams
  14. More funds and time to explore leisure opportunities and relaxing vacations.
  15. More quality family time (eating together, activities together)
  16. Less arguments over money means happier marriage. One of the best indicators of marital discord is “financial disagreements”. (2009, Dew)
  17. Homeownership!   Bonus: Parents who own their own home may be helping boost their children’s education achievements and even reduce behavior problems. (Harrin, Professor of Economics at Ohio State University.)
  18. Stability in that no matter where you go, no matter if you lose your job or some unforeseen occurrence, your family will have the same four walls and a roof over their head.

Precautions:

  1. Ignorant people exist. Educate the naysayers and take comfort in knowing that your child is happy and healthy.
  2. Risk of eviction. This might mean a devastating change in school system and loss of community. Check with Zoning in the city you will reside.

There are so many benefits of Tiny House living. As long as families are prepared and plan for any issues that may arise, tiny house living can be an easy transition. After all, there is no denying the positive physical and emotional impact that improves the whole family’s quality of life. And I promise, it’s not anything like an episode of the Alaskan Bush People :)

 


 

I’m so lonely…

No, I’m not talking about my personal life, I’m talking about my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TinyHomeBuilders

I’m not a very social person online. I rarely log in to facebook and I don’t have a twitter account, but I understand that that is how many people find out about what’s new. So after several years of resisting I have finally decided to set up a page for Tiny Home Builders. So like me, because I’m likable :)

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Don’t be jealous of my one like (which is me btw :)

On a side note, I’m having a technical issue on my blog where I’m not getting emails when someone comments. I’m not purposefully ignoring anyone and I hope to have it fixed soon.