I wanted to give something a try, which I haven’t done before, but I think would be a lot of fun. If you hang out enough on YouTube, you’ll see loads of Q&A videos.
The concept is simple, ask a question using the hash tag #askthetinylife on Facebook or Twitter
Questions can be about almost anything: tiny houses, living life tiny, my life, thoughts on a topic etc. I will say interesting, amusing and unique questions get brought to the top of the list.
You can use the handy link below to ask right now on Facebook or Twitter
Here are 5 misconceptions that have cropped up while living the tiny life. Some were my own before moving in to a tiny house and some are what I’ve been asked over and over again.
Numero 1: Oh you live in a tiny house on wheels? It’s like a camper, right?
C’mon! Does this look like a camper to you? Once you mention wheels peoples’ brains seem to zone in on this comparison. It has to be one of the top 3 questions people consistently ask me when I try to describe living the tiny life. First biggest difference between the two in my experience is a tiny house is usually built by it’s owners and is meant as a year-round residence. Secondly, a tiny house is a less toxic living situation than a camper which is usually made with a lot of plastic and glues that are harmful to one’s health. Lastly, you can tow a camper behind a car-I don’t know of a car than can haul a tiny house. At the very least, even the houses on the smaller end need a truck.
Numero 2: The tiny life is the simple(r) life!
Okay, so by simple I mean the misconception I had before living in a tiny house that financial freedom would mean increased simplicity in my overall life. This has not necessarily been the case however. With less bills life has become more flexible for sure but simple not so much. Living the tiny life proves more complicated on the day to day for us due to the time it takes to perform chores and daily tasks, especially if you are without running water like we are. Staying organized is a constant demand, doing dishes takes more time and while cleaning is fairly simple, it has to be done a lot more often. Other complications include finding storage for possessions you don’t want to part with but won’t fit in your tiny house, renting or finding land to buy, setting up utilities and having space to do hobbies and projects. I’ve mentioned other difficulties in a previous post so I’ll leave it at that.
Numero 3: A tiny house means ultimate mobility!
Not quite…if you want to move a tiny house any significant distance plan on paying a tidy sum of money and experiencing a fair amount of stress. At least that was our experience moving from South Carolina to Vermont. Having our own truck would afford us more flexibility and ease of movement but if ultimate mobility is what one seeks, I’d recommend an RV or one of these. Tiny houses are not meant to be moved all the time in my opinion and they don’t have the flexibility of movement that a RV or camper enjoys ( harking back to misconception numero 1).
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Today marks the 4th year that The Tiny Life has been in existence and I am floored at where we’ve been and how far we have come. The moment it clicked for me was when I first stood in a tiny house, it was a random park in Philadelphia that we had converged upon to get to stand in this very tiny space. While it was a small space, I remember standing inside that tiny house with 8 other people for hours talking about tiny houses. It was something that most people had never heard of and I just came upon, but there I was.
I left the tiny house later that day feeling so energized about the potential life that I could live in a tiny house. Life had thrown me for a loop at that point and it gave me moments to reflect on where I wanted to go from there. I realized that tiny houses circumvented a lot of the pitfalls I’d faced, relived a lot of the worries I had and would allow me to focus on things I felt were important. So I thought I’d start a blog to catalog my design ideas for my own tiny house, the rest was history. We’ve had millions come to The Tiny Life and I am overwhelmed at how the movement has grown and all the amazing people that are in it.
This year has been marked with me getting to meet a lot of other people in the movement, particularly other bloggers. It has been a blast and really inspiring to see what others are doing and how many of them are doing things in the movement. The number of tiny houses I have seen recently has exploded and so has the number of people that follow the movement.
This past year also was when I started building my own tiny house which has been a ton of fun and literally a dream of mine come true. I should be done in a few months and I can’t wait to move into my tiny house!
So thanks for reading, we here at The Tiny Life hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have!