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Simple Living as a Family

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For you and me, the reasons to live in a tiny house are obvious by now…

  • The cost savings
  • Re-evaluating our values
  • Downturn in the economy
  • Enjoying a low-maintenance lifestyle

What motivates you might be more specific, like starting your own business or getting your family out of debt.

But what if you’re not living alone? What does a tiny house for a family look like then?

Simple Living as a Family

Simple living as a family

At this point, a tiny house sort of goes out the window. How many of you are in the a situation where you are not living alone?

Do YOU have a


  • significant other, or
  • daughter(s)
  • son(s)
  • family member
  • roommate

…who is living with you?

Then for you, a small house is probably in the range of 400 to 1200 square feet, maybe even bigger if you have a large family.

A great example is a woman I’m interviewing right now who has a husband and two kids. They live simply in a 1200 square foot apartment and are on the verge of having an amazing overseas family adventure for an entire year. All thanks to happily living below their means.

Stay tuned for the interview so you can learn more about how the family is doing it. Meanwhile, will you tell us what you think about simple living as a family in the comments? Do you have your own story to share?

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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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  • December 7, 2010, 7:24 pm

    I love your blog – and I follow it. This is a subject near and dear, since my husband, son, and I live in a 320 sq ft home. We felt the need to simplify when time became a scarce resource. We no longer wanted to work as we had been just to maintain our ‘big house’ lifestyle. We moved into our home in July 2010, and have no regrets. It is completely paid for, our one and only car is paid for, and we have very low overhead for our business, which is also housed in a tiny building. You can see it all here: http://minkeebabygifts.blogspot.com/2010/12/simple-living-in-our-tiny-home-weve.html

    Keep up the good work!

  • December 7, 2010, 7:52 pm

    Hi Debra, I just watched your video. I’m glad you stopped by to show us. The points you made are fantastic – and you guys truly live the simple lifestyle as a family. Thank you so much for coming by!

  • Adam
    August 23, 2012, 9:43 pm

    Hey there,
    This is Adam from tall mans tiny house that was featured here. I know this is an old post, but thought I,d add my thoughts. My wife and I and 2 kids have lived in the 700 sq ft yurt I built 2 years ago. I don’t know what I’d do with more space…probably fill it up! 🙂 We’ve said tha if we move to a ‘normal’ house we wouldn’t want any more than a 1000 sq ft. But are now considering building a tiny house for us to live in. We’ll see…

  • jazz
    January 15, 2014, 2:29 am

    I lived with my husband, grown daughter and two younger sons for a year in a 350 sqft cabin in AK for a year. It wasn’t the best design, but we had a lot of fun figuring out how we could make it work by rearranging things in the same space. It had a separate bedroom and a loft. We had a futon bunk bed in the loft. It wouldn’t work now, with the boys being older, but it was interesting and we didn’t get on each others nerves or anything. It was hard to keep clean, which was a little surprising to me, but the smaller space was more challenging. We had a large storage shed as well. The cabin had a bathroom with just a toilet and shower, you had to wash your hands in the kitchen which was right outside. Running water as well,, which is rare in small cabins in AK, most are dry. We loved the experience, but we wouldn’t choose to live in such a poor design again, but we do know how to make it work with a better design now!

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