The tiny house movement has picked up major momentum in the last few years. The allure of downsizing, eliminating debt, and living frugally has attracted people from all walks of life to consider transitioning into a much, much smaller space. Moving from ample square footage to less than 400 sq.ft. is quite a dramatic shift for most people. You will need to do the proper preparation and research before going tiny. Since this is a relatively new concept, there aren’t many resources out there that help you make the transition. Bekins Moving Solutions is always on the cutting edge of residential moving, and we are happy to share what we have learned about going “tiny.”
Look at Your Budget
The main motivation for many tiny homeowners is to lessen the strain on their monthly budget, eliminating rent payments, mortgage payments and lowering overall debt. Even so, you need to have an estimated monthly budget to determine how much you will need to live comfortably in your tiny home. Go over your monthly expenses. Calculate what you can do without, and what is necessary for your survival. Don’t forget to contribute to your savings and retirement accounts. When you have a good idea about how much you will need, you can set an overall savings plan and budget for your life in a tiny home.
Downsize Your Belongings
When you are moving into a small space, you need only to bring the essentials. Downsizing your life can be a complicated process that often takes longer than you would imagine. Give yourself ample time to sell or donate what you don’t need until you are left with exactly what you need.
Understand Want Versus Need
When you are living in a tiny home, you can’t purchase many extras. When you make a purchase, you need to think long and hard about whether you need that item or simply want it. Try to choose a tiny home or build one that fits your most basic requirements and will work with your lifestyle. When you have a tiny home that meets your daily needs, your desire for extras will be reduced.
Make sure that you do ample research ahead of time to determine whether the tiny home lifestyle is for you. Realize that having guests over may be harder than you thought. If you want to have children, your home may not offer the type of privacy or space that you need. If you are the type who likes to collect many items or has a hobby that requires space, tiny home living may be more difficult. Take your time and take advice from other homeowners who have “gone tiny” to solidify your decision.
If you would like assistance moving into your tiny home, contact Bekins Moving Solutions today. Call 877-594-1187 to get a free moving estimate from our expert movers today!