Today was a good day for chaos. I woke up and didn’t know what day it was. A little face stood over me since my mattress is now on the floor (no room for bedframes in a tiny house) and whispered, “Is it wakeup time yet?” Yep, it was wake up time.
The last three weeks have been a whirlwind. Our first contract on our house fell through but, fortunately, another offer came in soon after and we now close on Wednesday (I’m setting a reminder in my phone to know what day Wednesday happens). We had a huge garage sale where we social-distanced and Evie proudly announced “We gots to sell this because it won’t fit in the tiny house.” Some of our patrons were intrigued; others thought we were crazy. So, I wanted to take this time to share some questions (and answers) we’ve gotten along this journey.
Q: Are you taking your dogs? (As they eye the two small horses laying at my feet).
A: Yes. Our dogs are part of our family and are coming with us. We’ve kept their needs in mind as we’ve designed the space to ensure they feel comfortable in their new home. These adjustments include designated indoor space, a dog door, and a fenced-in outdoor space.
Q: You’re going tiny with a kid?
A: Yep, she’s coming too.
Q: Will she (said kid) have any toys?
A: While we have parred down on toys during this process, she still has PLENTY and doesn’t miss the ones we needed to forgo. We hope future “presents” will be more centered around experiences versus things. This move isn’t about deprivation; its about experiencing abundance in a different context.
Q: How are you going to have sex?
A: Last time I checked, it still worked the same way in a tiny house. But we have designed privacy into our loft area if that’s what you’re wondering.
Q: What if your family grows?
A: If health class in high school taught us anything, it’s that sex can lead to babies. Therefore, we have some contingency plans should our family have an unexpected addition. Our room downstairs is intentionally meant to be a flexible space.
Q: Is this your long-term plan?
A: I actually love this question because it explores the possibilities that come with going Tiny. For now, going Tiny is a short-term plan (3-5 years). It is a giant step toward becoming financially free and refocusing priorities. (I hope to write an entire blog over our vision soon).
Q: Will you ever be able to get away from each other?
A: I have a toddler, so that is almost impossible even in a 1700 square-foot house. But we have designed three semi-separate places: Master loft, Evie’s loft and multi-purpose room on main floor. This will allow for us to have some quiet time when needed.
I hope this clears up some questions. I love that people are curious! It’s different, I get it. It’s Saturday by the way.