I’ve been asked this question more than once: What’s the hardest thing about living in the tiny house?
The hardest thing about living in a tiny house is answering that question.
It’s hard for many reasons, but for everything I come up with, I find the positive side. I’m grateful for the difficulties because they keep us growing as individuals and as a family.
It’s still life, really, so it’s hard for me to separate out what is the tiny house and what would be life in any other house.
Certain things get easier, certain things get harder, as with any change in lifestyle. One of the hardest things about our lifestyle is keeping the house tidy with kids around–a small pile of shoes makes the entire house messy, but then the easiest thing is it only takes two seconds to clean it up!
So really, when asked that question, it stumps me, because I don’t look for what’s hard, I look for what makes me feel alive. Living tiny makes me feel very alive, it forces me to find creative solutions to logistical challenges like: how can I get the space and solitude I need to commit to a daily writing practice? Get up earlier than everyone else.
How can four stubborn, headstrong individuals navigate 168 ft. peacefully? Practice non-violent communication, breath deeply, play outside, create together, allow each other alone-time in the woods, let go of expectations.
Some advice to those designing a tiny house: This week, I saw an online conversation among folks who are building and planning their own tiny houses and someone asked, “What about a range hood? Do we really need one in our space?” The comments leaned toward not needing one or a bathroom vent being good enough. I’d like to encourage anyone building a tiny or small house to give a lot of consideration to ventilation, especially if you plan to cook much in your tiny house. We went with a 36” range hood we found on Craigslist. It is larger than our stove. I recommend going with more range hood than less, because getting three to four burners going at once creates enough heat to raise the temperature in the house at least 10 degrees, and quick! This is great in winter, but in summer, turning on the hood while cooking helps keep the house from warming up so much, it also keeps the exhaust from stinking up the house. Many folks don’t cook much in their tiny houses, especially in urban environments, so think through your own lifestyle before heeding advice from anyone. There is a specific right answer for you and only you can find it. For me, I am super glad we have such a large range hood—it actually vents the entire house in a few minutes!
Check out our ireport on CNN! Our friend and talented photographer, Audrey Brooke, the pictures for the story–we love them!
Go on, do it!