The tiny living lifestyle has become incredibly popular in recent years, with more and more people being attracted to the simpler way of life it offers, the flexibility, and the financial freedom. But most of us have grown up in larger spaces and have gotten used to accumulating a lot of stuff, so the shift to tiny house living can be quite difficult to make.
Here at Little Living, we manufacture and supply transportable homes on the South Island, and we have become very well-versed in the ins and outs of tiny living. In this article, we’ll give you some tips for transferring to a more minimalist lifestyle in a tiny, transportable home.
Before Anything: Declutter
If you are living in a ‘normal’-sized home or apartment, chances are that you have accumulated an unnecessary amount of clothes, furniture, crockery, etc. Not all of this is going to fit in your tiny home. So it is a good idea to start with decluttering any items that you no longer need or use.
Many of us still have loads of paper documents, CDs, DVDs and even VHS tapes. These will take up valuable storage, so it is a good idea to start looking into digital and cloud storage options.
Decide What is Truly Important to You
Perhaps you’re a painter who also plays the guitar on occasion, loves board games, sewing, knitting, skateboarding, etc. All of these hobbies require valuable storage space. It may be difficult, but you have to narrow down what is really important to you, probably by looking at which items you use the most.
Shift Your Mindset
Living in a tiny, transportable home definitely requires a shift in mindset. You should keep the reasons why you are doing this in the forefront of your mind as they will help you get through the many challenges that you are sure to encounter along the way.
Watch Videos of Others Living in Tiny Homes
One way in which you will gain extremely useful insight, and tons of tips, is by watching and following the journeys of established tiny house enthusiasts on various social platforms. They have been through what you are going through and more. Watching a few Youtube videos in preparation will definitely be beneficial!
Are you interested in transportable homes on the South Island of New Zealand? We have both one and two-bedroom portable homes here at Little Living. Browse our site to find out more or get in touch with us should you have any questions.