The transition to a tiny house is going to be an adventure, that’s for sure. We’ve been living the average, mainstream American life for all of our lives. We’ve accumulated a ton of useless stuff along the way too! For the last 8 years, we have lived in a 2,200 sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 2 bath home. We have an average house in a nice neighborhood with 2 kids and 2 dogs! The thing is, at this point in our lives, we are looking for something different! A true happiness, peace and sense of freedom in life. Not the hustle and stress of life in the Big D (that’s Dallas, TX y’all). So we’ve started making some tough decisions and changes in our lives.
What is our current status?
We are currently working with a home builder to design a tiny house that will ‘work’ for a family of four (more on that in a future post). At the same time, we have already begun preparing our minds, our children and our material possessions for the transition to a tiny house. Doing this as a family, not a single person, takes some serious planning. So far, we have one very cooperative 8 year old and one, slow to come aboard 14 year old (we knew this would be a factor). It’s not letting go of the ‘stuff’ or a small home she is uncomfortable with. Believe it or not, she is only worried about her current friends and hates the idea of moving away. I get it though. I was a teenager once and I haven’t forgot how things are viewed from a different mindset. As parents, we simply try to explain things the best we can and prepare our children for the life ahead of them. One day they will understand more. Until that day, we simply love and try to understand them the best we can.
What’s next for us?
A garage sale, auction and family & friends sale… what else?! We have a lot of physical possessions and they can’t all go with us, obviously. We pretty much know, without question, which ‘big’ items have to go. The couches, recliners, tables, entertainment center, bedroom sets, dining set… that kind of stuff. Then we have years worth of clothing, personal items and just plain junk to deal with. Our front dining room is FULL of items we’ve already sorted through and are getting rid of. I guess we will be at this stage of downsizing and prepping for a few more weeks anyway. With the initial and several small minimizing sessions already completed, it’s going to start getting really personable with the items now. If it didn’t feel so right, I may worry about forward progress… but at this time, it doesn’t seem to be a huge obstacle.
Thanks for following along! I’ll be back soon with an update and some more pictures of our progress.
Wishing you the best of luck in all your adventures.