4 Radical Ways to Start Living Tiny Right Now!

Living tiny is really only 10% the actual tiny house itself and 90% the attitude of the people going to live there. There are many people who have their mentality backward – they say, “Living tiny will allow me to do these things,” when they need to start living tiny well before they even get there. If you wait to start living tiny, you are going to be in for a heck of a shock when moving in day comes. So if you want to be ready, or even just see if you are able to start living tiny, here are some radical ways to start living tiny right now!


radical ways - clutterOk, let’s be fair here. No one can get rid of everything. But you have to be honest with yourself. When you cut down your home from 2400 sq. ft. to 240 sq. ft., you are downsizing 90 percent. That means that you have to get rid of about 90 percent of everything you have. Now, obviously you don’t want your home to look bare until you actually go tiny, but know EXACTLY what you are keeping and what is being sent to the garage-sale/donated/thrown out/taken with you. Especially your clothes. Choose one rack in your closet and put everything that you are going to wear on it and no venturing away from it. I will bet you can do it and not even realize it. These are tough decisions and it is going to be really easy to say, “I will cross that bridge when we come to it.” You have to push through. This may seem radical, but that is what we are doing here!

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Move Into Your Kitchen

radical ways - kitchen`You read that correctly. Move into your kitchen. You don’t need to sleep there or go to the bathroom there, but everything else you need to do happens in there. Cooking, eating, watching television, hanging out, etc. Living in a tiny house is about combining and eliminating wasted space. Your dining room is used for dining and your living room is used for lounging. Now you have to do that all in the same space as you cooking your dinner. This is a brilliant test to see if you are in your spouse’s/family’s hair and how neat and clean you are. Because trust me, when you have to live in the same place where you cook and eat, you will be cleaning up daily. You want the bonus points on this one? Invite friends over for dinner and game night and keep the same rule! Now that is radical!

Shop Every Day

radical ways - shoppingIn addition to having less space for clothes and belongings, you are going to have less space to store food. Now folks who live in a major city are already used to this, for those of you that have a gigantic fridge that can store a whole frozen cow, you are going to freak. Not only do I want you to only use 10% of your cabinet space, but also 25% of your fridge and freezer. This means that you are going to have to stop shopping at Costco (That in itself is radical enough for some people), but you are going to only be able to keep staples in the house and then go and get the proteins and specialty foods the day of. So make sure you have left yourself the extra time to do so. And the extra money, because you can no longer buy things in bulk.

Stop Doing So Much Of The Things You Hate

radical ways - hateThis is the easiest and the hardest of all of the Radical ways to start living tiny right now. You hate cleaning? Well now you are only cleaning one bathroom, one bedroom and the kitchen. Bet you bang that out in one-tenth the time. Do you hate doing laundry? Well now you only have one load between the two of you! Grocery shopping and menu planning probably took you more time than you needed.

Don’t think of all of the above as being bad. Think of the benefits here: you can live more spontaneous and decide dinner on the way home instead of five days earlier. You are sharing one small bathroom now, so you have to be quicker with your makeup/manscaping. You will get ready quicker than you ever have which might even allow you to have extra time to sleep more! If you do get stir crazy or on each other’s nerves, head outside. The fresh air will help you clear your head and breathe easier. See? Radical ways are just what you needed.

Do you think you need these radical ways right now to live tiny? Do you think it would help you? Let me know in the comments below.

18 thoughts on “4 Radical Ways to Start Living Tiny Right Now!

  1. Chalen said:

    “BUT I DON’T WANT LIVE TINY”, said Doug Whiner. In all reality, we are moving to tiny in the city dwellings. They are called “sleeping rooms”. The competetion for housing is brutal in Austin Texas. The question has been batted around for a few years about where the service class is going to live, not to mention the musicians. Austin is in the waning years of a high rise apartment building boon. The demographics are changing rapidly. East Austin property taxes have increased to the point of changing the once hispanic neighborhoods to the white professional class. Japan has had these “sleeping rooms” for decades now. I think going tiny is okay for single people for a short period of time. The psychological factors would weigh heavy on families or even couples.

  2. Donna Remann said:

    I’m a retired Widow living in a three bedroom double wide mobile home. I have been in this one spot since 1988. I am ready to make some changes. My son and his big dog have moved in with me . It was supposed to be for only 1 year and we are now on the fifth year. I want​ something big enough for just me and nobody else.

    • JanS said:

      ditto – as far as the home I’m in now – the family bought it for our oldest – my sister retired – yet loved having everyone over for the holidays – but I ended up moving in when the property development plan to put this mobile home on for her came up with tons of expensive problems – she’s doing fine with her adjusted plans – so I’m going tiny just for me.
      Have moved all my stuff into the smallest bathroom, haven’t used the dishwasher in more than a year – since I’ve pared down to just a single set of dishes & cooking pots, have done the first swipe on the clothing & am looking forward to only having to clean my Tiny Traveler instead of this 3 bdrm mobile!

  3. Adrienne Paterson said:

    exactly…the city didnt think outside the box, and regular people are paying the price for the greed of Austin …I live there as well…..looking for a studio to first minimize, but even so…$$$

  4. Anne Marie Thompson said:

    It is ironic that I receive the 4 ways to downsize today because Yesterday I decided to move into the kitchen dining area (160 sq ft of a 500 sq ft apt). Of course the bathroom of 20 square feet is around the corner (shower only). I made the decision to get rid of the excess in the remaining areas except for double bed which will be placed in the loft area of my tiny home if I can ever afford it. The largest home I ever owned was 2400 sq ft and it was packed from the attic down to the basement with “things”. I have been downsizing since 1986, when I received a cute little book as a wedding gift. This was very hard at first because of the ‘family heirlooms’ I was supposed to treasure forever. The best tip I ever got to help get rid of stuff was from that cute little book I think was called ‘Simplify Your Life’ and it goes something like this: put things that you know you don’t use very often in a box; tape the box closed and put the day’s date on it; if you have opened the box in one year ‘looking’ for something, you don’t need it and most likely won’t miss anything in there! Drop the box at a donation center (without opening it). That was my start and over the years, I have gotten rid of a lot of stuff.

    • TV said:

      I rrcall reading that book mamy years back. Just did the box trick in my kitchen two weeks ago!

    • Susan Brewer said:

      Omg. I’m a huge packrat but I hate it. I’m just very poor so throwing anything out is taboo. But that is GENIOUS!! I love that idea!!!

  5. Pat Dunham said:

    I definitely agree with the idea of trying tiny before you end up doing it. I also think that once you have gotten rid of all the access, you could consider living in a studio or efficiency to try it out and save money so you will have the savings needed to buy your own tiny house if that is your wish.

  6. Lisa said:

    It’s so easy to fall in love with the idea of “living tiny”…but much more difficult to actually DO IT. I’m definitely going to start getting rid of “stuff” NOW, so I’ll be ready to make the transition to tiny when I retire!

  7. Cynthia Hearns said:

    I’ve been gradually getting smaller and smaller over about 6 years now. I used to own a 4 bedroom 3 bath home and had to downsize to a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment. Then I gave most of my things away and moved cross country into a studio apartment. I’m now in a 8×10 bedroom and a small bathroom. I do get kitchen privileges in the house I rent this room in. I’ve wanted a tiny home for a long time…
    it will happen sooner or later.

  8. Susan Soucoup said:

    I’ve been dreaming of a tiny home for several years, and now I’m getting there. I now live three seasons a year in my 28-foot, 30-year-old motor home parked on my son’s property (city doesn’t allow two permanent dwellings on one property) Twenty years ago, as a single parent, I owned a 4-bed, two bath home and lost it all through job downsizing, so I’ve been downsizing my life. Someday I’ll have my tiny home insulated enough to live in through our cold, snowy winter. Until then, I have a “winter bedroom” in my son’s house, on the same floor as the bathroom. (If you’re a 68-year-old woman, you’ll understand!) I likely won’t live long enough to live out my plans and dreams, but I’m getting a lot of enjoyment just working on them. If you really want it, make it happen. I had nothing and was living in an apartment when I revived my dream of being the crazy, old cat lady who lives in the woods.Look at me now!

  9. Christine said:

    Yep! That is basically what I do. I live in a bedroom and have a hot plate & a water kettle on my kitchen table in there. And just outside my bedroom door is the bathroom which has a sink separate from the inner toilet/tub… so it is my kitchen sink. My square footage will go down a bit when I get my tiny but I will love having my kitchen sink in my kitchen!!! It will have different pros and cons but I know I can do it and like it bc I already am!

  10. M. O'Connell said:

    My 52-year-old daughter just moved into my 2 bedroom home, but I had a 1 bedroom (mother-in-law) apt next to it 3 feet away and now I live in it. I have remodeled it into a very nice place and now live tiny. She, on the other hand, has 3 buildings filled with 3 generations of memories, furniture and other stuff. She has lost her mother and grandmother in the past 3 years and can’t adjust to giving away any of their stuff.

  11. gretchen whittman said:

    I don’t know about you but where I live a 1 bed goes for $900.00 and up. That’s a lot on one income. The idea of tiny was to get rid of a mortgage but w/some of the tiny’s out there they are way more expensive than a house w/land.. I live in an 1800 sq, ft. house that i’m turning the basement into apt to cut sq. ft. Then on to my tiny for retirement years. Can’t wait!.

  12. Jerry Cleveland said:

    I’m with Gretchen. Most of the tiny houses I see cost more than a real house.

  13. Frances Stateler said:

    I’m amazed at how much some of these tiny homes cost. Also I assumed that living ‘tiny’ didn’t just mean sq. footage but smaller sizes of most things. So many I have seen online have a full size stove and fridge and a king size bed. What a waste of space. It’s nice to see that some folks don’t need these things to be happy in small spaces.

  14. Jeremy Perkins said:

    I already live in a semi truck which is a smaller space than most people’s closets. I already eat and sleep in here. A tiny house will be a mansion for me no matter what size it is.

  15. Amy N said:

    I am laughing at the “pick one rack in your closet” remark. None of the homes I’ve lived in in 50 years has had a closet with two racks, except the ones in the children’s rooms where there was room for one above the other. I do have a big dresser though.

    In other news, I’m test-driving a stripped down Sprinter on Monday.

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