Having covered tiny houses for eight years now, I see many people who want to live in a tiny house, but only a fraction actually take the leap. So I thought it would be interesting to ask what some of the experts thought about what separates the people who actually make the leap to tiny house living.
I think they aren’t afraid in the unknown. People that are okay with not knowing everything but confident that they’ll figure it out.
The only commonality really is just the ability to trust their own common sense. But I also think it takes a bit of a rebel and change-maker. It really is a subtle act of civil disobedience. Most tiny housers are not afraid to buck the trend and take tangible steps to live in manner that is more affordable and sustainable in the face of a massive culture of consumerism.
They don’t make excuses. People who want to live in a tiny house will stop at nothing to live in their house. They don’t want to live in a tiny house because they think they’re cute, they realize the life changing potential they afford and pursue their goals with zeal.
An irrefutable desire to get back to the most basic and fruitful things in life, connections with family and friends, connection with nature, and freedom to live life outside the chains of debt.
They often hold the hammer upside-down. No, there are like 4507 of ’em, but I frequently see terrible window placement on many of the tiny houses of today- that being window placement without regard to airflow, privacy, aesthetics, and rigidity/safety (while in transit for wheeled homes).
Faith in things working out. If you wait until you have every possible component and have thought of every possible thing before you start you’ll be waiting a long time. Risk takers and ‘build it and they will come’ types seem to have a much greater likelihood of taking the leap.
Unyielding determination to live the way that you want to live. And creativity- so many tiny house dwellers are amazingly creative people.
Making a decision to bring the dream to fruition. We often see people amass a ton of information, line up their ducks. figure out their finances, but nothing can move forward unless a decision is actually made to take the first step.
Happiness. Living in a Tiny House is a challenge, yet the challenge is extremely fulfilling. If you make that leap, you will be proud of your achievement.
Someone who is a risk taker. I see it again and again. If you’re willing to take risks in other aspects of your life, you are far more likely to go follow through with going tiny. This isn’t a movement for someone who wants to play it safe.
Persistence. It has nothing to do with talent, or expertise, you have to be patient and persistent. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Commitment to make the changes to downsize and follow through with the steps it takes to make a dream become a reality.
Dwellers IMHO seem to be decision makers. Some folks see something and decide its right for them, tossing excuses aside. Others decide something it right for them but never move the needle from “wanting” to “doing.”
A very special thanks to the folks who participated:
- Kent Griswold: tinyhouseblog.com
- Deek Diedricksen: relaxshacks.com
- Alek Lisefski: tiny-project.com
- Ryan Mitchell: TheTinyLife.com (this website)
- Macy Miller: MiniMotives.com
- Ethan Waldman: thetinyhouse.net
- Ella Jenkins: littleyellowdoor.wordpress.com
- Gabriella Morrison: TinyHouseBuild.com
- Jenna Spesard: TinyHouseGiantJourney.com
- Jess and Dan Sullivan: livinginatinyhouse.blogspot.com
- Laura M. LaVoie: 120squarefeet.com
- Steven Harrell: tinyhouselistings.com
- Kristie Wolfe: Kristiewolfe.com
- What are the biggest barriers to you making the leap?
- What have you learned that might make your journey more likely to succeed?