Saturday, May 30, 2015

5 Things I love about My Tiny Home

Yesterday I shared 5 things I hate about my tiny home.
You can read about that HERE if you missed it.
Today I want to share with you 5 things I love about my tiny home!

#1. Financially Freeing
One of the biggest reasons we decided to move into our tiny home was the price! 
As you know my husband recently started a new job
This job required him to live in city limits and took a cut in his salary as well.
If we were still living in our old house, we wouldn't have been able to afford for him to take this new job that he loves!! Or I would have had to send the kids to daycare and find a job myself. I can't bare the thought of leaving them!
Staying home with my children has always been a personal dream and passion of mine so I'm thankful I'm able to continue doing so. It's all thanks to finding a tiny home with a tiny price! 

#2. Less Stuff
Less stuff means less upkeep. I'm easily overwhelmed with housework.
I have a 2 year old and a baby that keep me busy enough cleaning up their messes.
In our old house, I felt like it was always dirty because if I got behind, I could hardly get caught back up! 
It would take an entire day to catch up and give the whole house a really good cleaning. In our tiny house now, I'm not saying I don't get behind because I do!! In fact, my house probably looks messy more often just because it's a small space so just a few things lying around makes it look extremely messy.
 But it's much less agonizing to get caught back up if I get behind.
What used to take me all day long to get the house clean, now takes me a couple hours. 
If I'm able to stay on top of it and not get behind, it takes even less time to clean the house each day!

 #3. Tight Family
Someday I want to buy one of those signs that say, "Tiny Homes Build Tight Families" because I feel that's true. We are always together. We are always in sight of one another. Sure there are times we annoy one another just like any family. But we are a very close knit family.
We thoroughly enjoy being together and spending time with one another! 

#4. The Cuddles
Yesterday I talked about how naptime is a struggle because we only have one bedroom so if Ashton is sleeping Alaya doesn't have a place to nap...that may be on the list of things I hate. But it's also on the list of things I love about our tiny home. Because if she can't sleep in her bed, I get lots of good cuddles! Or get the laugh of her falling asleep amidst her playing.

#5. Cheaper Renovations
We have a few renovations we want to do to our tiny home.
For the most part, our house is in great condition and has been well taken care of! It's surprisingly an old house but a lot had been updated before we moved in. The only thing left we want to do is take out the carpet in our back laundry room and put in some linoleum or something easy to clean since the back room is where Samson sleeps...and well, Golden Retrievers tend to shed so it would be nice to have that area easy to clean. Hence we want to tear out the old carpet for a more broom/mop friendly flooring! The great thing about re-doing the flooring is it will be cheap!!! In fact, we can probably just go and buy a remnant that will be more than big enough for that small room. I'm so excited to get that done! Fingers crossed we go and get it done soon!

Tiny house living may not be for everyone, and we definitely don't want this to be a permanent living space. But for now, this time and place in our lives, it's perfect for us!

Thanks for following along!

5 Things I hate about my Tiny home

I decided to start this blog in order to share our experience of living in a tiny home. Experiences both good and bad. I want to be real with you and not cover up the hard times and fool you thinking it's always flowers and rainbows! We have our good days and bad days.
 Let me first start out by saying, we love our tiny home! It has provided freedom for us in so many ways.
But I would be lying to you if I said it was always easy! Come on, we are a family of four living in a one bedroom house under 500 sq feet!
So today I want to briefly share 5 things I hate about the tiny home.

#1. The clutter.
For someone who doesn't like clutter, I have a lot of it. 
It's inevidable things will start to gather and collect in the corners of a tiny home.
You must continually go through the house looking for things to get rid of because if you don't, you will drown in clutter and stuff. Especially with kids!! It's a never ending job trying to go through all of their clothes and get rid of what they grow out of. Not to mention their toys-but I'll get to that...

#2. Shoes.
I have yet to find a good way to store shoes.
I'm constantly picking up shoes that are lying around. Most shoes are now stored in some empty drawers I have in the bedroom. But since we go outside a lot, there are always 3 pairs of shoes waiting by the door. They just sit there staring at me, knowing they are driving me crazy.

#3. Counter & Cabinet Space
I cook for 4 people and hate grocery shoppping, which in turn, means I buy a lot of groceries at once.
I run out of cabinet space rather quickly, so groceries tend to invade my already small counter space or clutters on top of the fridge.
Have I mentioned I hate clutter?

#4. Toys.
I could swim in all the toys my children have. When we first moved in, we had gotten rid of a lot of the toys.
Slowly but surely, they are beginning to multiply.
Today I'll be pulling out the trash bag to make a trip to Salvation Army or putting some away in the closet for a rainy day.
When I get overwhelmed by toys, I try not to look at this picture of the toy room of our old house...
(Just look at all the space!!)

Moving on...

..And last but not least..

#5. One bedroom.
I really don't mind sharing a bedroom with my children. I like having them close by.
I love the security of it especially on nights my husband is at work. In fact, I think I'll struggle when we move into a bigger house and my kids have their own bedrooms. But at the same time, I wouldn't mind at all having a bed of my own. We plan to get a couch that pulls out into a bed but we have yet to find a good price on one. So for now, the three of us share a bed and Alaya in her pack&play. Another downfall to once bedroom is once one person wakes up, we are all up! Normally it's Alaya who wakes up first.

 One bedroom also means that if big brother is napping, Alaya can't go in the bedroom to take a nap. Unless I'm lucky enough to get a day they take a nap at the same time! If not, I don't like to risk putting her in the bedroom if Ashton is already in there sleeping. Never wake the dragon!

So there are just a few not-so-grand aspects of living in a tiny home as a family.
I can't wait to share with you 5 things I love about my tiny home tomorrow!!

Thanks for stopping by!!