When planning or moving to a Tiny House, or any smaller property, be realistic.
I have looked into reasons why some people struggle with living in smaller properties and especially those scaling down from larger homes.
The main reason people seem to struggle is unrealistic expectations.
Why? Many people have these grand dreams of what a Tiny House could do for them and what they can do with it. You can do a lot with a small home, but there are limitations.
Understand the space you are moving in to.
Many people think they can squeeze in all their amenity from their larger properties; others believe they can have all their toys and gadgets but just in smaller versions. Then there are those who think they can suddenly forego everything their families have been living with for years. It is not that simple.
All property requires maintenance.
The groups of people who think because the home is small it won't need any care or attention find themselves realising that just like any property, a small property will require maintenance; even though its much less maintenance because there is much less to maintain.
Your life will be changed.
Then there are those people who think their lives won't change at all moving into a Tiny House. It will. Whether that's better planning for day to day life or getting used to living with less. Perhaps changing your shopping and donation habits, remember you won't have endless wardrobe space. Living with less space will certainly have you become more creative on a day to day basis.
How big is your family?
Lastly, large families and tiny homes, don't tend to work that well. Yes, you can adapt, yes you and your family can get used to it. But every extra person will require some additional space that is their space. The more people you need, the more floor area you will require. This does not mean that larger families can not scale down, they just need to be realistic about how much space they will need.
Experiment, explore and be realistic about what you can get from a Tiny House. It can be very rewarding, or very frustrating. Your expectations will significantly impact your outcome.
I have read and seen some very interesting stories of how people started their processes of scaling back. Let me know if you would be interested in discussing those.