Living in less than 100 square feet is not easy. And if you’ve read other posts on this blog than you know living tiny wasn’t our end game, it was a product of our desire to travel, and then to travel a certain way. Over time though living small has become important to us because we have realized that living small actually creates space in our lives for things that really matter to US.
Minimizing physical living space has created space for:
Travel – our current home is on wheels so it is obviously built for travel but living small and not having a huge mortgage allows us to financially afford said travel in the US and also spend more time traveling abroad which is a huge goal of ours. While our home will not always have wheels choosing a small home that is affordable to create the financial means for regular travel will always be a priority.
Time – Living in a small home provides more time to explore, spend time as a family, participate in hobbies or social activities/events. While no home (wheels or not) is without some effort living in a small home is less time consuming – less time taking care of a home equals more time doing things we enjoy.
Mental Space – In many ways this is the product of the two things above but it is so important to our family. Because we are living small we stress less about finances, home care and have more time for self care creating a positive mental space to deal with stressors when they do arise. Because we are traveling and enjoying our time together as a family and doing things that bring us joy we are in a healthier mental space. We can truly enjoy the moments and memories we are collecting and focus on being present each day.
We have learned that physical space does you no good if you don’t have space in your lives for things or people that truly make you happy. While living tiny, or even small, might not be for everyone I think it’s worth taking a look at how you can create space in your life for things that matter to you. I doubt you’ll regret it.
Little Bungalow– “Creating Outdoor Spaces…Help!!!” : Anxiety-inducing photos of my front, back and side yards – please help me figure out what to put where.
Justice Pirate– “I’m So Spaced Out!” : Learn about experimentation and the importance of having a little more space than the average person might imagine; in fact, use your imagination more and embrace the space!
The Streamlined Life– “Creating Space in a Small Home” : Can you add more space to a small house without increasing the square footage? Let’s just say it’s easier than you think.
Tiny Ass Camper– “Creating Space” : How less physical space has created more space for things that matter.
Fourth & West– “Margins” : Creating space in a busy life.