Since I’ve been getting several questions from readers related to families and tiny houses…
I wanted to share my most recent thoughts on the idea of- let’s say- a family of 5 moving into a tiny home.
If you’re here it’s likely that you’re either thinking about moving your family into a tiny home…
Or you might know somebody who has that ‘crazy’ idea.
Either way, I’m here to give you what I think are my most honest and helpful thoughts without the b.s.
I’ve been researching tiny living since 2009 and I care about every single one of you so I’d like to save you as much sweat, blood, and tears as possible.
Tiny houses on wheels, in my opinion, are not a great long-term solution for the majority of families with children.
And here’s why…
Nine out of ten times a tiny house just isn’t suitable long-term for a family with children.
And since finding or building a new home is usually very stressful and time-consuming…
Why do it more than you have to? Why make your kids go through all of the instability if they don’t have to?
Of course- it’s your life and you’re free to do as you wish.
Maybe this teaches kids lessons I don’t know about?
Just be careful, and think about the consequences for your children. Make sure that they will be thriving because of any changes.
You know, I do remember how frustrating it was having to change cities, schools, and friends a few times because my parents moved frequently. Not getting to see family as often either.
Just remember that you can simplify and enjoy many of the benefits of living tiny…
…without moving into a 160 sq. ft. tiny house on wheels.
You can do it in 490 sq. ft., 700 sq. ft., 910 sq. ft., 1230 sq. ft., or even 1790 sq. ft.
My point is…
Most likely, you can start simplifying in the home you’re currently in.
And that’s really what you need to do first if you have not already taken care of it.
You can make your life more simple in the house that you are currently in. It always starts there.
But other people’s opinions really don’t matter, right? Because it’s about you.
It’s really about making YOUR life better, even if it means adjusting your attitude on things instead of or before making any drastic changes.
My final thoughts on families going tiny are to just be careful. Think it through. And if you can, please try it first in some way before jumping in. Lastly, don’t just think about yourself, make sure to consider everyone else that you live with (including your pets).
Another idea is to keep your current home while finding a way to try out tiny living on your next vacation.
In MOST cases, living in a tiny house on wheels as a family just doesn’t work out long-term. We’re humans, and we need a certain amount of space.
But some people are doing it. And they’re loving it, too.
- Family Moves into Tiny Home with Newborn Baby
- Couple with Baby on the Way Build 35ft Tiny Home
- Just Because You’re Having a Baby Doesn’t Mean You’ve Outgrown Your Tiny House
- Couple Living Tiny with a Baby
It’s not every day of the year that it’s pleasant to be outside. So please just think it through. Maybe you can build something on some land that’s a little bit bigger than a tiny house on wheels?
There are, of course, some people who leave their tiny homes once they start a family:
But what if you could design the perfect custom tiny home that works for you and your family? You know, there are some pretty extravagant and amazing THOWs out there that do seem to have enough space, even for a family. What do you think?
Oversized Family-Friendly THOW’s?
- 40ft Elmore Tiny House by Movable Roots
- 40ft Shipping Container Tiny House Built For Less Than $20k
- Family’s 38ft Carpathian Tiny House
- 36ft Tiny Home with Dual Slide Outs, Downstairs Bedroom, Closet Space, Full-Size Living Room, And More!
- 33ft Luxury Tiny House with Slide Outs: 390 Sq. Ft. Inside!
I’m outraged by the fact that there are way too many McMansions and the unaffordability of apartments in many areas.
And it makes me mad that there’s not nearly enough affordable small housing for everyday people.
But I also believe we’re headed in the right direction towards change for the better.
Real estate is very slow to evolve because of the nature of construction and the longevity of structures.
So it takes a long time for an industry like this to change and adapt, but a trend towards smaller homes is certainly happening.
What does your next home look like?
What do you plan on doing for your housing needs? Will you just stay put? Do you plan on building your own small home on a foundation like a cabin or a cottage? Do you want to build a tiny house on wheels? A park model?
The possibilities are endless because you could also choose to purchase a small home that already exists. What do you want to do for you and your family?
I’d love to read and talk about your opinion on families and tiny houses in the comments below.
Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts? What do you think?