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Here’s what living in a tiny house is really like


Ever wonder what living in a tiny house is really like? Business Insider just went after that very question to find out.

Tiny houses are painted as a minimalist utopia — and while many tiny home dwellers love the lifestyle that brings, it doesn’t come without a few challenges.

Tiny houses have their perks — they’re both environmentally and budget friendly. But living in such tight quarters can create unique, unexpected problems, like difficult zoning laws, easier wear and tear, taking care of compost toilets, and quick messes, to name a few.

Tiny House in a Campground by Paul VanDerWerf

Image by Paul VanDerWerf via Flickr


Tiny houses may have their appeal, but not they’re not the right fit for everyone. There are a few things to consider before plunging into a such a small space.

So what does the reality look like versus the perception? Here’s what life is really like living in a tiny home — the good and the bad.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • Garth September 15, 2018, 5:33 pm

    I was reading with interest, then a pop-up came saying I had to turn off Adblock to continue. Darn. Someone please tell them there’s a reason we use Adblock, and that although we want to see the page, we don’t need to see it badly enough to disable Adblock, even for the one page. I just closed the tab.

  • Jerry Dycus September 16, 2018, 8:35 am

    I find this an interesting problem as when I grew up, 60s, THs of 100sq’ and up were the norm in Florida and a big home was 1100sq’,
    Drive up old US41 or US301 from Ft Myers and many are still there, especially in Gibsonton, near me.
    If one can live in a medium size motel room/person and by far most could, other than mental blocks THs can be for you.
    Fact is living below your means is how you thrive. Wasting money on too much shelter or anything means you have less for much better things, savings, etc.
    Or work 2x as hard and never have anything to show. My life I’ve averaged only 10hrs/week of work as that is all I needed to live on my cruising sailboats, other TH size living spaces.
    And I got to pick when, what I wanted to work on and had lots of time to play, learn, build cool stuff of the future, travel, help others, party instead of working my ass off.
    You can find old small houses which are very cheap, find places you can build live in them if you just look around.
    A great way is doing an expandable home and never expand it unless needed.
    I bought a Mobile home trailer and lot cheap as the trailer was trashed. So I build my TH on top of it’s frame as a ‘repair’ legally.

  • Kathy September 21, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Wow. This article was very thought provoking, despite the fact that I have actually considered the relative inconveniences of wardrobe and memorabilia limitation, where to put the laundry basket, and tiny kitchens, etc. It was reinforcing for my thoughts on these matters, and I now have some new ones to consider. I am not discouraged, but I am going to print this article to remind myself of these great cautionary bullet points! Maybe you could begin a promoted collection of cautionary tales from your readers, possibly some of them having amusing aspects, and monthly print another teriffic article like this one! Hmmm, maybe I will get out there and get the material from tiny housers and do a book myself!!

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