When you live in a super small space you want to design your life so that you’re not in it all of the time.
It’s actually a lot like being a kid in a college dorm. You sleep, eat, study and entertain yourself there and almost everything else is outsourced somewhere else.
I believe one of the secrets to happily living in a tiny house is proper use of your surroundings.
Maybe you can start practicing before you’re in your tiny space.
1. Walk or use your bike to go to places
Instead of using your car to get everywhere, how can you adjust where you go so that you can walk or use your bicycle instead?
I love doing this because you feel like you’re getting something done while exercising for that purpose (to get there).
2. Join a gym
It’s even better if you can find one you can walk or use your bicycle to get to. But that’s just a bonus.
3. Play a sport
How about that basketball, soccer, football, baseball or softball team that meets up every week at the YMCA?
You could have fun playing your favorite sport while meeting a bunch of new and interesting people.
All three of these involve exercise and some kind of social activity (even if it’s walking by other people) while getting you out of the house.
Eating and Entertainment
4. Eating out
Most people who live in really small apartments (including college students) tend to eat out a lot because you don’t have to make a mess in your cramped kitchen, clean up the mess, or know how to cook.
This really all depends on where you end up living. In some cities you can take a short walk to your nearest grocery store or restaurant for a quick and easy meal. In other places it takes more planning.
5. Enjoying nature
The best part of nature is that it costs you nothing to enjoy. Look around for local parks that you haven’t visited and give them a try, you’ll be surprised at what you might find.
If the parks are too far just step outside your house and go for a walk. Sometimes you find that you have overlooked something beautiful that has been in front of you all along.
6. Farmers Markets
Local farmers markets are popping up everywhere and this means you can find local food while supporting farmers that live close to you.
7. Book stores and newsstands
I love making a trip over to the local book store so I can read the latest magazines and take a look at any recent book releases that interest me. Hopefully you can do the same. If not…
8. Coffee shops and free wi-fi
Another great way to meet people and get out of the comfort zoning of staying at home is going to a nearby coffee shop where others are hanging out.
Most of these have free Internet access now too which can help get you out of the house when you want to get online.
9. Start your own business or volunteer
Do you have something that you can give to your community? Why not start with one simple step by getting started in the easiest way that you can think of?
Maybe you can offer your community some kind of free educational information on something that you are knowledgeable with. It could start as a free class or seminar and evolve into something else later.
And there’s no simpler way to gain fulfillment than by helping other people in your own community by feeding, talking to, or helping them learn something new.
10. Use your library to grow
Use your local library to read, research, write and use your laptop. Spending time here transforms you to what it was like being a kid again… There’s so much you can start learning about. Topic ideas include…
- any of your previous hobbies or interests that used to excite you
- personal development so you realize what you are capable of
- spiritual growth through books
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