Do you dream of simplifying your life and embracing minimalism? Moving into a tiny house is an excellent way to make that happen. In this post, we will explain the various ways in which tiny living can help you to live in a more minimalist way.
- You take up less space
One of the most obvious ways in which tiny living is minimalist is that you move into a house with a smaller square footage. As a result, your lifestyle takes up less space in your environment, plus your carbon footprint is reduced. You use only as much as you actually need in terms of resources, and no more.
- You scale back on your possessions
One of the hallmarks of a minimalist lifestyle is only having the possessions you really require, rather than owning a bunch of stuff that is not truly important.
Even if you want to downsize your possessions, you may find it difficult to let go. But if living in a tiny house appeals to you, that may be the motivation you need to finally declutter and stop purchasing stuff you do not really want or need.
- You put a focus on experiences
Many people who embrace minimalism focus not only on what they are removing from their lives, but also what they are making space for. By focusing less on material things, they can shift that focus to having worthwhile experiences.
When you live in a tiny house, your home environment is conducive to that emphasis on experiences in a couple of ways:
- Connection with the outdoors: The huge windows that many park model homes include offer amazing views of your surroundings that you can enjoy from within your tiny house. If your goal is to experience the great outdoors, living in a tiny home can bring a lot of joy and meaning into your life.
- Memories with loved ones: The open layouts of tiny houses help to keep everyone in a household connected, ensuring that there are plenty of opportunities to share experiences and create memories together.
A tiny house itself is also an experience; every day, you get to wake up to a beautiful space that you treasure, and that feels like it is truly your own. That by itself may ultimately bring much more value to your life than all of the possessions that you feel encumbered by now.
- You can live with more purpose
Everyone has their own reasons for moving toward minimalism. But one common motivation is to live life with more purpose and intentionality.
Think about it. If you have been living a regular, non-minimalist lifestyle, you probably do all sorts of things aimlessly. You might buy things without really thinking about it, and you could just kind of go along with what happens each day. Maybe you are going through the motions, sleepwalking through your life in some respects.
A tiny house helps you get away from that and begin living life more purposefully. In fact, that can start with the design of the house itself. You can choose a model that will help you live the lifestyle you really want, even selecting specialized features to meet your needs.
For example, in the image above, you see the Woodland Park Timber Ridge Woodlands Vault model. This model features built-in storage underneath that can accommodate long items such as a kayak that might otherwise be challenging to store.
In this way, your tiny house can literally be built around what matters to you in terms of your hobbies, relationships, and so on. When your living space is structured around your purpose, it makes it much easier each day to get up and live your life with purpose too.
- You can enjoy minimalist design
Finally, another aspect of minimalism that you can delight in when you move into a tiny house is minimalist architecture and interior design.
Minimalist design emphasizes clean lines and surfaces. But it is not just about avoiding unnecessary embellishment; it is also about creating simple forms that are functional.
It is possible to have a “form follows function” philosophy when designing a building of any size. But it becomes essential to do so when a building is tiny. Every square inch of space needs to be put to the best possible use in order for that space to be comfortable and liveable.
It is up to you just how minimalist you want your tiny home’s design to be. You could embrace full-on minimalism for a very Spartan look and feel, or you could choose a design with some more traditionally “homey” elements. Either way, the principles of minimalism will be at play in your home design. Every day as you go about your routine, you will appreciate the visual simplicity and the functional efficiency of your house.
Moving Into a Tiny House Can Open the Way to Embracing Minimalism
Minimalism is the life philosophy that states, “Less is more.” If you decide to move into a tiny house, you will experience how “less is more” in a whole new way. You will be living in a reduced square footage with a simple, functional home design and fewer possessions. But in return, you will gain a lifestyle that features greater ease, comfort, purpose and meaning.