"Loving the idea of tiny living but not sure if it's for you? Let's go over the first steps to the tiny lifestyle: mental preparation for downsizing your life."

How to Mentally Prepare for Tiny Home Living

With so many people looking for a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle it’s no surprise that the tiny home trend has become more popular. Smaller homes mean smaller bills and more money to enjoy life for many people. With the weight of heavy debt acting as a motivator for many people, there are more tiny home communities popping up in every state.

You may love the idea of downsizing into a tiny home, but the reality of tiny home living may be very different. When you are used to having ample amounts of living and storage space it can be a challenge to switch to the tiny home lifestyle. It’s a good idea to really consider all the aspects of what day to day life will be like before committing to anything.

A home is what you make of it. A tiny home will carry many of the same responsibilities as an average-size home just on a smaller scale. You will still have to deal with maintenance and take out a proper home insurance policy but you will be able to minimize many of your expenses.

Before you take the leap into the tiny home lifestyle it’s important to be mentally prepared for the changes that will affect you. Let’s take a look at ways that you can prepare for tiny home living.

Need Vs. Want

The biggest change that you will have to make is in attitude. Considering what you really need to live a comfortable life as opposed to what you want can be a challenge for many people. We, as a society have been conditioned to associate material things with personal success and happiness.

Those that have already adopted a minimalist lifestyle can tell you that really isn’t the case. A simpler, more streamlined lifestyle can help you reduce stress and refocus your energy on the parts of your life that are really important like your friends, your family, and your dreams.

Take A Test Run

It’s a good idea to stay temporarily in a tiny home before you make the commitment to change your entire lifestyle. A short stay in a tiny home model can give you an idea of the space that you have and whether or not you will be able to manage.

Start Purging

When you make the move to a tiny home there are many things that you will need to leave behind. Starting the purging process can be emotionally challenging. One of the best ways to begin downsizing is to take each object and consider its value to you. Does it make you happy? Does it bring you joy? Is it useful? If you can’t answer “yes” to any of these questions then you don’t need that item.

Many people rent out a storage facility to help them in the purging process. It’s okay to have to go through the process several times before you are ready to let go of some items. You will likely have very limited storage space in your tiny home so only the most important necessities should be included in your move.

It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of a new trend. Tiny home living is becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle that has many benefits but should be considered seriously before jumping right in.

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Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie McQueen
Stephanie is the content curator and resource hoarder of all things tiny houses. She believes everyone can live a sustainable lifestyle, no matter the size of your house. Connect with Stephanie through LinkedIn or her done-for-you marketing agency, Employed By Life Online.
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