Kevin and I started talking about going tiny a few years ago when my mom sent us a link to a video tour of this incredible transforming tiny truck house:
It was such a cool idea: a moveable little home that was just the right size and could be customized to fit our exact desires. We were intrigued!
At the time, we had no idea that tiny house tv shows were taking over cable television (we’re a Netflix-only household), or that tiny houses were becoming a growing trend in the western United States.
When that video landed in my inbox, we were in our late twenties, childless, and living in a 1500+ sq ft house with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, vaulted ceilings, a walk-in pantry filled with processed foods and ridiculous kitchen gadgets (seriously, who needs three toasters and a dedicated quesadilla maker??), and a huge basement, that we had filled with so much junk we didn’t even know what to do with it all.
We found ourselves with more room and more stuff than two people could ever need in several lifetimes, and worse – we were hardly ever home to enjoy any of it!
Between the mortgage, utility bills, HOA fees (don’t even get me started!), and my student loan payments, we both had to work very hard to afford our “American Dream” suburban lifestyle.
We’d get up each morning, spend an hour or more getting ready for work, an hour sitting in traffic on the way to work, 8-10 hours at the office, another hour sitting in traffic on the way home, an hour making and eating dinner, then we had only about an hour or two to ourselves in the evenings before going to bed to do it all over again.
Our lives revolved around our day-jobs, so that we could afford this house that we never got to spend any time in because we were so busy working in order to be able to afford to live there. . . . It didn’t make any sense!
9-5’ers truly work for the weekends, but our weekends were always filled with photo shoots, weddings, client meetings, and networking events. We were constantly tired, cranky, and stressed out, our health had taken a nosedive, and we were SO ready for a change!
This is when our tiny house daydreams started to really take form…
We run a photography and video company, and for the past two years, we have used our living room as a full-time portrait studio. Lights, backdrops, tripods, and camera equipment had permanently taken over the space, so we turned one of our 10’x12′ spare bedrooms into a “tiny living room” where we hung out, ate dinner, watched movies, played guitar, and knitted sweaters.
We inadvertently realized just how little space we really needed most of the time. We also learned that (believe it or not) Kevin and I are usually happiest when we’re in the same room. Whenever I’d leave the “tiny living room” to go work in the computer room right next door, we were both constantly poking our heads around the corner to see what the other was up to.
This was proof positive for us that if anyone could go tiny, we could! Living mortgage-free with the option to park our adorable little custom cabin-on-wheels just about anywhere we wanted was sounding pretty darn appealing.
In July of 2016 we decided to take the plunge and sell our house, downsize our stuff, and commit to building a Tiny House!
Don’t get me wrong, downsizing was (and still is!) a long and sometimes painful process, which I intend to write about in a future blog post, but it was also incredibly liberating. You don’t realize how tied-down you feel by your house and your stuff until you start eliminating those roadblocks from your life.
We feel pretty strongly that by reducing the footprint of our living space, and making an effort to live in harmony with our surroundings, our home, and each other, we can significantly improve the quality of our lives, our health, and our relationships.
We’ll let you know how it goes!
You can follow our journey here on our blog, and on our YouTube channel, where we will be posting videos of our tiny house build, reviews of tiny house stuff, and eventually a tour once our house is complete!