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I’ll always remember my daughter’s face when we revealed her loft to her. We were downsizing from our 1600 square foot house where she had had a spacious bedroom fully stocked with WAY too many toys. To be honest I was nervous. All along the way I had heard comments from other adults like, “What will you do with Evie?” or “Will she even be able to keep her toys?” Many of these questions were asked out of genuine curiosity while others held a hint of disapproval; either way, on move in day, I was nervous about her reaction and acceptance of our new tiny home.
She would now have a small loft (around 60 square feet) and I had spent hours on it trying to make it a magical space for her. The day we went tiny full time, she climbed her stairs, her little mouth forming an O shape and exclaimed “my room is fantastic!”. Since that day, she has proudly shown every person that has ever visited us “her room” and creates fairytale worlds nestled amongst the trees right outside her window. And, as the days passed, my insecurities for going tiny with a kid melted away.
There is often a misconception that tiny living is only for singles or couples with a cat. I can tell you, from experience, tiny living is for families. Not only is it suitable for families but it has the power to positively transform your family dynamic. It has brought us closer together as a unit (both figuratively and literally). We do more outside together, we eat as a family (not in front of tv anymore) and there are more snuggles and authentic connection. If offered a choice, I would not change it.
When we decided to go tiny, I immediately started thinking how we were going to provide needed privacy in 425 square feet without it feeling closed off and suffocating. I am an introvert and as my little one grows I’ve noticed that she, too, needs some alone time to recharge. I worked with my builder to design a tiny house that fostered the sense of togetherness but also provided spaces for separation. I also wanted my daughter to feel like she could have a space to call her own and find respite. With our current layout, I believe we have achieved that comfortably.
(To get a video walkthrough of our house click on the link https://kjetinyfree.weebly.com/blog/blue-haven-video-tour )
As a mama, who has successfully gone tiny with her family, here are my tips:
Downsize and minimize their stuff too
Embrace the change
If you have any questions about going tiny with kids, I’m always available to chat! Reach out and I can help discuss logistics and strategies for achieving a great tiny family experience!