Are You Ready to Live a Minimal Lifestyle?
Minimalism. The thought of living with just what you need and not all of the usual clutter is becoming more and more attractive to people all over the country. Perhaps it’s the state of the world, or maybe it’s just a new age of enlightenment, but minimalism and the tiny home movement are huge right now.
So many of you may be wondering, what does it really mean to live the minimalist lifestyle and what can you expect should you make the change to becoming a tiny home owner? This guide will provide you some insight into living a more inclusive lifestyle that often comes along with buying and living in a tiny home.
What is Minimalism, Really?
Most people associate minimalism with getting rid of “stuff.” And while decluttering is certainly a big part of it, living the minimalist lifestyle is so much more. It involves being more present in your mindset and streamlining every aspect of your life, from your diet to your desktop.
You determine what is important to you and what isn’t. It provides you with the ability to leave the trappings of the past in the past and to move forward with your life in a more focused and determined way.
What Does Living Minimal in a Tiny Home Mean for Me?
When you move into a tiny home and accept the minimal lifestyle, you will potentially need to make a lot of life changes. Here are some of the things people might not realize are about to change, when they go tiny.
In a Tiny Home, It’s Time to Get Comfortable With Composting
Not all tiny homes have flushing toilets. Many use composting toilets, which involves using wood shavings or other covering material to cover your waste. You will also have to empty your composting toilet’s container at least once a week, so having a backyard composting pile is an excellent way of repurposing your waste into nutrient-rich compost for your garden.
Those passionate about protecting the environment will also use a compost collection system in the kitchen for storing vegetable scraps, paper towels, and other compostable materials. This will also need to be emptied on a weekly basis in your compost pile.
Get Accustomed to More Frequent Runs to the Grocery Store
Because a tiny home’s refrigerator is usually more compact than a traditional refrigerator, you won’t have as much storage space to keep fresh fruits, meats, milk, eggs, and vegetables. So, you can expect to be making more frequent grocery store runs. On the plus side, this allows you to eat fresher foods and think more about improving your eating habits.
You’ll Need to Check the Propane Tanks Regularly
A lot of tiny homes rely on propane for heat, hot water, and cooking. So, if you’re moving into a tiny home, you will have to play very close attention to your propane levels, especially in the winter time. This means performing weekly checks of your propane tanks.
You Still Need to Budget in a Tiny Home
Many people want to go tiny to escape the financial burden of “keeping up with the Joneses.” But, while going tiny will help you slash your costs, it does by no means mean you’ll no longer have to closely monitor your bank account.
Having a budget and sticking to it is a core principle of the minimalist lifestyle because it enables you to avoid overspending. Certainly, there’s nothing more freeing than seeing your bank account more full at the end of every month.
You’ll Want a (Tiny Home) Emergency Fund
In order to protect your finances, you will want to create an emergency fund. While many may consider this counteracting their “escape from bank-led society,” the truth is that everyone will suffer from a costly life event at some time, even tiny home owners. Because of this, having a financial safety net is imperative to living a calm and mentally quiet, minimalist lifestyle.
Don’t Expect an Easy Transition to Minimalism
The idea of living the minimalist lifestyle is appealing to so many, but there are challenges along the way that ultimately wind up separating the dreamers from those who are serious about changing their lives.
For starters, it can be very, very hard for some people to scale down their material things. Living with fewer possessions isn’t for everybody, but for those able to go through the process, the benefits truly revolutionize their lives.
Ultimately, the best advice one can give to someone interested in making this life change is to take it slowly. In most cases, it is a lifestyle that is very unlike what you have been used to.
Start gently by decluttering your life one piece at a time, as you start reflecting on what is most important to you, more and more often. The more you shed your life of unnecessary possessions, the easier and quicker you’ll begin to adopt the minimalist lifestyle.
If you’re looking for top quality design and construction for your Portland area tiny home, get in touch with Straight Line D&R today. We’ll help you get the most from your budget, and deliver exactly the tiny home you want.