• Cultivate patience.
• Include a few simple luxuries in your tiny house. You owe it to yourself.
• Build an outbuilding to store items that get only occasional use.
• Decide on the right size home for you and work to build it without debt. Our 1,400-square-foot “big house” took us almost three years to build and is exactly what we need.
• Find a supportive community. We have friends who also live in tiny houses, so they understand the unique challenges of small-space living. We also have friends with bigger houses who welcome us when we get cabin fever.
• Develop habits of clearing clutter on a daily basis.
• Go paperless.
• Keep track of every penny you spend.
• Schedule away time—being so close to your family will be great, but you will need some personal time, too.
• Remember, space is personal and your right size is not everyone’s right size.
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• Expect living tiny to make your life easier or solve all your problems. It will solve some, but it will create others.
• Ignore local building codes. Building on wheels doesn’t exempt you from adhering to building codes.
• Feel bad if you come to realize that you need more space.
• Wrap your identity up in your house size.
• Expect that once you downsize you are done. Simple living requires diligence
and constant vigilance to keep clutter out of your life.
• Expect everyone to understand your desire to live so simply.
This article was originally published in The NEW PIONEER™ Winter 2016 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.