Tiny homes, campervans, studio apartments… the whole “tiny living” thing is a fad that doesn’t seem to be going away. One of my favourite podcasts is called The RV Entrepreneur (content self explanatory from that title). Which begs the question…
Could You Live Tiny?
I actually think, for the most part, we live a life that is “tiniable” (totally a word, right?) quite easily. 99% of our meals are one-pot meals. We own two teaspoons. One set of sheets for the bed (plus one icky scratchy set we only ever use if we’ve been like sick in bed or the main set hasn’t dried after being washed). I wear the same 3 singlets and 2 pairs of shorts most of the year. I have a few extra items of clothing that I wear to work. Of course there would still be a lot to get rid of, but we’d have a good head start over many people. We don’t tend to keep a lot of lights on at night and just let the house go dark with the sun. We’ll turn a candle on before the light in our living room.
It sounds quite doable for us. We don’t know if this is something we actually want to do, but it is something we occasionally talk about and hasn’t been ruled out.
There are things that we’d have to adjust to. For one, I am a bulk shopper and love having an all fridge and a giant all freezer. Clearly that wouldn’t be possible in a tiny “whatever”. But that’s the sort of thing I think would just be a basic learning curve. There are a few things that I don’t know if I could adjust to/cope with/why isn’t there a solution for this already get with the times am I right:
Ben & I have very different sleeping patterns. It’s not uncommon for one of us to be awake and the other asleep. There is no way on earth an open plan would work in a tiny “thing” for us. An actual door that stops actual noise and light is 100% critical. Because I am not a nice person if I don’t sleep.
And it seems that 99% of camper vans and other tiny options (especially the table-is-a-bed kind) assume everyone goes to bed at the same time. Or one person isn’t sick. Or you never get the flu and need a few days in bed. That kind of thing.
Camper van/caravan companies: build some damn doors, ok?
Close Proximity To Others
The open road. National and State Parks. Wide open spaces. Unless you want amenities, in which case you’re crammed in next to another person in a caravan park. Or tiny home lot. Or whatever your tiny is. I cannot reconcile this part of being tiny. I don’t like having neighbours. I’d live on acreage if I could a) afford it and b) maintain it. I don’t want to hear someone elses coughs, door slams, arguments and all of that. Take to the open road… to be close to others. I can’t justify that. I don’t want to do that.
If this was an American blog I guess what I’d be drawn to is “boondocking”. Basically, parking somewhere for free, off the grid. They might call it free camping here in Australia? But it also seems to be illegal 99% of places in Australia. You have to go be crammed up against other people in caravan parks, paying huge fees for the cramming.
If I could reconcile these two things, I think I’d give living some type of tiny a go. But they are two very huge things in reality.
Do you think you could live “tiny”? What type of tiny could you do?