How To Live Tiny When Your Partner Doesn’t Want To

How To Live Tiny When Your Partner Doesn’t Want To

We have received countless letters and emails from people who are feeling frustrated because they have fallen in love with tiny but their significant other or family haven’t. In an ideal world, everyone is on the same page about a shift to smaller, however, that is not always the case. So, when we saw a comment from a reader named Dawn regarding this very topic, we immediately asked her if she would be willing to write an article for us to share. Fortunately she was delighted because her experience in keeping true to her ambition to simplify and downsize despite her husband refusing to live tiny, is not only inspiring but also honorable, loving and honest. If you have struggled with those around you not wanting to go tiny, I invite you to enjoy this lovely piece by Dawn: How to live tiny when your partner doesn’t want to. 

how to live tiny when your significant other doesn't want to

Dawn, her husband and their son

I have learned so much by simplifying my surroundings in the past few months and would like to share my experiences with you, both the practical and the personal. It all started when I watched the documentary “Tiny: A story about living small” with a friend. I had never even heard of this movement and it sounded intriguing. I began scouring the Internet in search of everything “tiny” and “minimalist.” I couldn’t get enough! Reading people’s stories brought it all to life for me. It opened my eyes and I could see that yes, I too could live tiny and simply.

My husband on the other hand looked at the tiny houses that inspired me so much… in utter horror. It was a no go. Like most people, myself included, he was taught to believe that (within reason), moving up in life was directly related to a larger abode. We do both agree that we would like to live in a safer neighborhood with children our son can play with, but when it comes to living in a tiny house; we part ways. I however, continued on, undeterred. I was hoping that if he saw me simplifying my life (as well as my stuff) that at some point he may change his mind about living in a tiny house. Well that point hasn’t come yet and may never come, but I am still striving hard to live tiny and learning so much along the way!

I began downsizing in a meaningful way using concepts I learned from researching minimalism and ways to de-clutter from several tiny house sites. I was particularly drawn to the idea that de-cluttering your stuff and your life helps to de-clutter your mind. Boy, does that sound good! It seemed like it might help and it certainly couldn’t hurt.

I thought that I would start with my clothes, but what I actually started with was accepting my present size. After many years of defining myself, in some ways, by my weight I have come to a point where I am happy to be me as I am. This process allowed me to let go of my old clothes. Previously I had numerous storage containers of smaller clothing, even underwear, (really??) in my closet and in storage (as if keeping them around would somehow change things). I don’t need them anymore so they went bye, bye! I even donated my vintage dresses that I had longed to fit into again. A couple years ago giving them away would have been unthinkable. Now I have about 10 days of clothes for cold weather and 10 days for spring, summer, and fall combined. Keeping a handful of cardigans works well through all the seasons. I do have a few “inspiration” clothes that are smaller and a few bigger maternity items in case I need them, but everything else fits.

The next task to conquer was decorations and knick-knacks. I am lucky in the fact that my husband doesn’t have a lot of personal possessions, mostly shared ones. When I told him I wanted to donate my personal stuff that I no longer used he was, for the most part, delighted. He had never understood why on earth I had so much crap to begin with. Getting rid of some of this stuff was easy, but certainly not all of it. I had suspected, but never really knew, the depth of emotions that some of these items invoked for me. Each gift reminded me of the giver on an emotional level, even if the item was no longer needed or wanted. I also realized that there were a few items that I had been holding on to in an effort to save that part of my past, refusing to let it go. Determined to live in the here and now I took photos of some of the things that I thought I had cherished (but were really holding me back) along with a few other sentimental items and let them go. I kept some things, but I let the past go. Perhaps I will never look at these photos; who knows. The important thing is that I made a commitment to live in the present.

As I was going through my knick-knacks and the like, I also went through my decent sized “collection” of art supplies. I had some top notch water color pencils I hadn’t even opened. Paints, drawing pencils, and the like were filling up a tall dresser. Beautiful materials I hadn’t used in over 10 years! I had even collected various other materials that were to be used for mixed media and sculpture pieces in a future that never happened, and wouldn’t happen. I realized as cool as it would be to create those pieces, I had lost interest in making them. I donated all the pill bottles I had been saving over the years to make a sculpture to some missionaries in the D. R. Congo that our church supports. They needed them because the hospital had nothing to put their patients’ medicine in. It amazed me that something so seemingly useless could make such a big difference for someone.

I only kept the supplies I had used here and there over the years. I gave away old artwork that I never looked at anymore to friends who liked the pieces for their walls. One art piece was donated. Both my easels went. It felt good. I even donated the old dresser that had held these art supplies as well as my childhood clothes, and even my dad’s stuff from when he was a boy. Now that dresser will hold someone else’s things and that makes me smile. I cannot tell you how much of a blessing it has been for me to give these things away to folks that will actually use it. When you think about it, for all those years, that tall dresser was storing up someone else’s opportunity to work toward their dreams. I now have most of my art things in two sets of small, plastic, three-drawer storage “dressers” that I already had on hand.

I had also been hanging on to a lot of books and notebooks filled to the brim from my graduate days in our basement even though I was no longer interested in continuing to pursue my Ph.D. or teaching. In looking through the notebooks and papers I had written, I remembered all the good times I had enjoyed while working on my degree. I had already put the bad times behind me and had chosen to forgive so getting rid of this stuff was the final thing I needed to do to let go. I kept my thesis work and a few writing samples and that was it. Upstairs, I kept sheet music, poetry I wrote, an art journal, Christian literature, my art books and a few special books from my childhood that I will pass on to our son, Hayden. Every book I own is now in one, medium-sized, clear, plastic storage container in our laundry/computer room. Since I seldom use even these books it felt right to put the bookshelf down in storage for our son, as he gets a bit older.

Our place looks so much better without all that surface-area clutter and requires much less dusting! I am putting together two 12 photo collages (one for pictures of my son, and one for family and friends) to go on the walls of the living and dining rooms and one 3 photo collage of our favorite wedding photos. This will greatly simplify the rooms and visual space. I am also looking forward to be able to look at all the people that truly enhance my life without needing to search through a lot of clutter.

how to live tiny when your significant other doesn't want toLiving simply for me also means not over committing my time, energy and money. I chose not to re-join a community choir because the rehearsal time is very inconvenient and I would rather spend that time with my family. Since I am fortunate to have the material things I need, I avoid shopping, especially looking at certain “trigger” sites online (something I used to really enjoy doing). That has been a hard thing for me to change but it saves money for our family and creates more time, which is better spent elsewhere.

Through my efforts to de-clutter and simplify, my husband was inspired to help me by pulling my stuff out of storage so I could go through it. As the chef of the house, he also went through all the kitchen gadgets and utensils. He even agreed with me to go paperless, as much as possible, with our files. My mom was inspired to go through her dreaded hall closet getting rid of many, many things. Although my husband still feels that there is no way that he would ever want to live in a tiny house, my decision and efforts to simplify have made a lot of progress for all of us.

So… you can live tinier and simplify your life without living in a tiny house. You don’t need to have everyone on board with you to make real progress both with your living space, your perspective, and your own personal growth. Your process will not look the same as mine as the journey you experience will be uniquely yours, and entirely worth it! Take care and live tinier. -Dawn Zimmerman

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42 Responses to How To Live Tiny When Your Partner Doesn’t Want To

  1. William November 25, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    Very nice story,an inspiration for us all to live a more sustainable life.
    Tiny can have a different look for each of us.

    • Dawn Zimmerman November 26, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

      Thank you!

  2. Tammy November 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    I also have thought of living the Tiny life and never knew where to start, because I have so much stuff that even thinking about starting makes me tired.In all reality I live the Tiny Life now I just haven’t realized it. I live in a 14 X70 foot mobile home, and every one of my closets are packed. Your story has given me inspiration. If and when I get my Tiny house I’ll be ready. I already have my floor plan.

    • Dawn Zimmerman November 26, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

      I know the packed closet space all too well I’m afraid, but it sounds like you are already on your way! Good luck!

  3. Trecia November 25, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    Very much enjoyed your inspiring story, thanks for sharing

    • Dawn Zimmerman November 26, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

      You’re welcome. 🙂

  4. Michelle November 25, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    Beautifully written, Dawn. I’ve fallen in love with the tiny house movement also! Hubby can’t see us doing it; I thought maybe when kids are grown and moved out… I think now we might not ever live super-tiny, but I’d be content in a small house 🙂 Compromise?

    • Dawn Zimmerman November 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words! Much contentment can be found in compromise. 🙂

  5. Lynn November 26, 2014 at 3:40 am #

    Thank you for sharing. I hope to follow your path!

    • Dawn Zimmerman November 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

      You are very welcome. When you take small steps regularly toward your goal of living tiny, you will already be on your way!

  6. Peter November 26, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    Dawn,
    very genuine. thanks for sharing.
    Peter

    • Dawn Zimmerman November 26, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

      You’re welcome, Peter.

  7. Kelli November 26, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    What a lovely piece to share. Thanks to both Dawn and Gabriella.
    Downsizing is a big step. The process helps us to define the difference between “needs” and “wants”. A problem, I believe, the western world suffers with.
    At the moment I live small. I’ve been in on the path of de-cluttering because my mistake in living small has meant a quest for more storage space. Since discovering the tiny house concept I’ve come to embrace the idea that Dawn has written about above. It’s such an uplifting experience. Minimize and find freedom!

    • Dawn Zimmerman November 26, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words!

  8. Jonnie November 26, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    Very inspirational. As letting go of emotionally charged objects is very hard for me. I have things from my great-grandmother, and grandmother, my aunt,is sending things from my youngest uncle who just past, etc… I am now a great-grandmother, myself. There has always been one person in each generation, that becomes the recipient of family heirlooms, and I seem to be it, for my generation. T a king pictures of the articles, and writing down who it belonged to, is a method I never considered before. I am now though. Thanks to your solution. I to am trying to get to the point, that if I manage to get the tiny house built, I will be able to do so, without needing to but a huge storage shed for the property. I hope I can do as well, as you did.

    • Dawn Zimmerman November 26, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words, Jonnie!

      Photos are great because you can keep them in a scrapbook, in an album on your computer, or even online with an access code for family only. If you do the computer or online route, video’s can be added if someone wants to do it. Folks down the road may enjoy hearing/seeing a relative (or a friend ) of the one who passed tell the story behind an item. I uploaded my non-heirloom photos onto our computer and just kept going. lol. I am confident that you will discover a meaningful way to honor your family through those items, while respecting your own need to live tiny.

  9. Laura November 26, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    I also have not sold my husband on the concept as of yet. We live in Colorado in the mountains ( very pricey) and in a small two bedroom condo….that is small. The problem is finding land that is reasonable to build the house without moving too far from our friends and everything we’ve known for the last 20 years. I would LOVE to find space in Golden but it’s pricey-he said if something comes up he’ll get on board, so I’m going for it….looking, looking, thinking outside the box-ha! I know he doesn’t think it can happen-but he does what he says, so if I can make it happen-somehow, I know he’ll love it as will my 12, almost 13 year old daughter!!! You’re not the only one, keep it going-things can change!

    • Dawn Zimmerman November 26, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

      Best of luck finding the land you are looking for and I will definitely keep it going!

  10. Bob November 26, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    Hello, my name is Bob. I’m a hoarder.

    I started getting into tiny houses with finding Jay Shafer’s original web site online just after New Years Day some years ago. And started downsizing toward tiny living shortly after that. I started with the massive collection of financial records I had kept and then the many large boxes of computer/electronics parts I accumulated over the years being in Computer/IT work. I even had my very first bank passbook from 1962! Now all that is just a memory. Who needs computer parts that only work on computers from 1992? I’m still working on downsizing a little at a time. Reading stories like this continues to be inspirational. I am in the opposite situation where it is my wife who doesn’t see a smaller house in our future. We really only use half the house we have as it is but she keeps thinking of the “what if” of having lots of people visiting. I have been able to talk her into letting me rid our closets of many of my clothes that I haven’t used for many years but still have more that I just don’t use and she wants me to hold onto. After seeing how much extra space I was making she finally has also started to get rid of a few odds and ends just because she sometimes feels overwhelmed with so much stuff that we have and don’t need. But after donating or selling a few items she gets worried about that “what if” thing again. I just continue putting aside my unused clothes and items a little at a time storing them out of sight for a time until I can bring them out to give away or sell and she will realize we never missed them. If it’s one of my own items I’ll just get rid of it after storing it out of sight for a few months. It’s usually forgotten by then and also not missed so I’ll dig it out and donate/sell/toss it.

    • Dawn Zimmerman November 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

      Bob, you are not a hoarder. You were a hoarder. From the very moment you started to downsize, that title no longer fit. My best wishes to you and your wife in the journey you have started.

    • Barb December 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

      Bob, I LOVE your opening line…straight out of a 12-step. Love it. Shows you are honest & serious about moving forward. I agree, you WERE a hoarder. Reading your comment also inspires me. I am surrounded by half-finished projects and unfiled documents everywhere. I’ve often thought of taking photos of stuff as an attempt to let it go. Heck, a photo is so much smaller than the item itself, and now with digitizing, none of us have an excuse. Also love your implementation of packing away stuff for a few months before donating. Love it. Another way to beat out our own psyche from drowning us in clutter. I think tomorrow I’ll check out scanners & get this crap digitized. I’m ‘over it’! Thank you Bob for your comment.

      Thank you, Dawn, for the extremely helpful article. Let’s do this, guys!

  11. Rebecca November 26, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    I enjoyed this article very much, very thoughtful and kind. I started sizing down about the time my son married 9 years ago. They bought a house but didn’t have much. I encouraged them to rent a U-Haul and come “shopping” at my house. My daughter in law was shy but my son waded right in. If I still wanted to keep something, I put it on a list to save for him. I let go of the 4000 Sq ft house and furnished their 1700 Sq ft house. Now I get to watch my gkids learn to play on “our” antique piano. More fun to visit useful heirlooms instead of house them like a museum. I am in a 14×60 mobile on 5 acres now wanting to build a 574 Sq ft “great room.” I am slow sizing down but loving the process.

    • Dawn Zimmerman November 26, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. I love your story. Giving your son and daughter in law what they needed was a true blessing for them! It is so cool to hear how much you can enjoy your gkids, and your mobile home. 🙂 Good luck with the great room!

  12. Catherine Wilson November 27, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    A very inspiring story. Thank you!!!
    I have already done the clothing triage and it felt great!!!
    Can’t wait to go through some of my own “collectables”.

    There really is no other time than the present and getting rid of crap just confirms it.

    I think the problem some people run into is when they have grown up not having “enough” of the toys in life. We are afraid to not be able to repurchase those things should we find out we really miss them. However, if you have reached the point in life where you have bought all the “toys” you want/need, you finally realize just how little they mean to you.

    Thanks!!

    • Dawn Zimmerman December 1, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

      You are very welcome and thanks for your kind words!

      My dad became disabled when I was 15 and was unable to work for almost 9 years. My mom went to work to get health insurance for our family and to pay the bills as a cashier. We were provided for, but money was very tight. Coming from that experience, I often times find myself looking at something I really want to buy and then realizing if I have gone my whole life so far without it, I probably don’t need it anyway. 😉

  13. Sherree November 28, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Great article.
    My husband was not on board either. I took the approach that this was my new hobby; investigating everything tiny, especially the hOMe model. That is where their sketch up model proved invaluable. Denis, being a graphic designer, wanted a test project to send to our local library for 3D printing. I suggested the hOMe model and got it from tinyhousebuild.com. He worked on it for several weeks. (We found out that the requirements for the 3D printing was not quite the same as the average Sketch Up model drafted for the purpose of a virtual walk-through).
    Our library (recently voted the best in North America) was all abuzz with the TH project. He played with the design, tweaked it (“I would have to have a bathtub at least”) to his specs.
    Then we began watching Tiny House Nation and I think that won him over.
    We play with our version of the model, show others and it somehow makes it more real. People around us are on board (for the most part) and also getting excited.

    Now he talks about ‘when’ we build. We currently look after my mother who will be turning 97 in less than a week. We will have a small inheritance, and when the time comes that we have to move…instead of us trying to fit all our belongings into a 1 bedroom apartment, and paying over $1000 per month, we would go tiny, live off the grid and even have money left to travel. That is definitely a sweet spot in our discussions. Now it is something we are working towards together.

    I even have a few farmers in mind that would like to have an extra set of eyes in their back 40.

    • Dawn Zimmerman December 1, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

      Thanks! It’s awesome that your husband is now on board. My husband is not into graphic design, he’s a climatologist. I hope that someday the idea of living more simply and going off grid will be of interest to him. Sounds like your plans are really going to come together… good for you and your husband!

  14. Brenda pâté November 28, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    Dawn what a great story. You are inspiring me also to start de- cluttering. Are you a SW?

    • Amber December 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

      How awesome to read your article! I am in the same boat! My husband finds my obsession with tiny houses absurd! I see it as freedom. Just two days ago I got rid of 1/2 of my clothes! Just like you, I accepted my size! I couldn’t believe how much stuff I was holding on to that was 4 sizes too small! Most of it I probably wouldn’t even wear now if I did lose weight! I have since started on the kitchen with the intention of getting rid of 1/3 of the stuff we don’t use and then my office is next! I’ve always been a clutterbug but as I look at tiny living spaces daily, I realize that stuff is really holding me down. I will keep going knowing I am not alone!

      • Dawn Zimmerman December 1, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

        Amber, I so wish you lived in WI!

        Isn’t it wonderful to finally feel comfortable in your own skin?!

        My toddler son was a HUGE inspiration for removing everything off of furniture, like framed photo’ etc. That is one of the reasons I am doing two 12 photo collages and hanging them on the walls. It looks better without all that clutter and less dusting so I like it. 🙂 Minimizing the chances of having to taking my son to the ER is also a big plus. 😉

        My next downsizing project is to go paperless, but I am at a stand still not really knowing what all I need to keep and what to toss before I even start the scanning process. I have more research to do on this particular adventure!

        Best wishes for your continued motivation and ability to downsize and simplify!

    • Dawn Zimmerman December 1, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words! I am feeling a bit out of the loop, but… what is an SW?

  15. Kerrie December 12, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    Great article, Dawn – and something that I haven’t seen regularly addressed with the Tiny House Movement, or maybe I’m just looking in the wrong places. I have to wonder with every listing of a tiny house for sale if couple incompatibility with tiny living is behind it.

    I am sort of in this boat – the SO wants to live in a tiny house, but “living tiny” is something else entirely. He is very attached to stuff, either “I’ll get back to that” or “So-and-So will be mad at me if I get rid of that thing they gave me.” He has made progress over the last year, I’ll give him that. We had the first of many yard sales and since he haaaates yard sales, he was just giving stuff away. It’s the first step of actually going through the stuff that is the hardest. Since I’m doing some painting, I had to move his huge tote of undergrad/grad school notebooks out and parked them by his computer desk to finally nudge him to toss it. When it’s in the middle of a room instead of buried in a closet, it’s harder to ignore. 😉

    I’ve moved across country with only what I could fit in my hatchback and got furniture and kitchen stuff off Freecycle, so I’m already acquainted with the minimalist lifestyle. But he has carried around stuff for decades. And since I moved in, I found I have acquired a lot of stuff on my own to fill the larger space. Downsizing is very much a work in progress, but I have started collecting things that didn’t make the first yard sale because “we needed them” and squirreling them away to see if they’re ever looked for or “needed.” Then they’ll make it into the next sale.

    However the one place that won’t get downsized is his garage/workshop – since it’s his goal to shed his full-time job and make a living as a blacksmith (his all-consuming passion), it makes no sense to do that. Even though we will end up in a tiny house, the workshop will be 4-5 times the size to make room for the large tools he needs that would enable him to create the larger items that would bring in more income. Our 5-Year Plan to being debt-free (no mortgage or student loans) and living the life we want is in the works. It’s this first step, learning to live tiny, that is probably the hardest!

    • Dawn December 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words, Kerrie. Sounds like you got a plan! One of the declutter games that Gabriella has on this site is the 365 rule… If you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it. I haven’t tried it yet… I am a little intimidated by it, lol. Getting rid of my graduate stuff was cathartic for me and a task that I had to be ready for. Your husband will be ready at some point and then that stuff will go! 🙂 Living in the present is a hard switch to make. For me it’s a choice I have to make over and over again. I think it is a necessary choice in order to live tiny. You can’t hold on to stuff you no longer use or need and can’t stock up for the future or keep stuff just in case if you are focused on today. Best wishes and a good journey to you both! 🙂

  16. Cory Hagen December 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    What a great story Dawn, thank you for sharing it! My husband is very similar to yours. He is 6’5″ and experiences the world differently than an average-sized person does. He was 110% against living in a tiny house, though he liked the concept of living inexpensively – go figure! He even felt cramped and uncomfortable in a park model (because it had low, low ceilings under the loft. Then I showed him a design for a custom park model (400sq.ft) that has vaulted ceilings everywhere but the bathroom (8′) and full-functioning kitchen, bath, and living spaces (just more compact). Now he is 100% on board! Sometimes it is the design of a space that makes all the difference! I wise you guys lots of luck. Keep doing what you’re doing. Tiny-sizing is a process, and you never know when that bulb may come on when your hubby sees the right-sized house that he loves.

  17. Mary January 16, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Thanks for the great article, Dawn. I have become totally obsessed with the idea of designing and building a tiny house. My other half thinks I’m insane.

    We have a big house that is completely full of things we don’t use and may never need. I feel overwhelmed just thinking about it. I can’t totally address the problem, as I am only permitted to toss my own things (everything else has sentimental value). I may be living with a hoarder! We have more than 80 rubber ducks, just to give you one example of the numerous “collections” in this house.

    Before I found your article, I was resigned to the fact that I might need to become a widow before I try tiny living, but now I am inspired! I’ll get rid of my own stuff and have at least one room in this house that isn’t crazy-making. My craft and art supplies will be the first to go! Maybe doing that will prove my point and result in a change of heart. If that happens, we would need to build 2 tiny houses-one to live in and one for a sound studio (even I don’t want to part with the 31 musical instruments).

  18. Sassy January 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    My husband talks about tiny houses all the time. His friends think he’s a little crazy to want one of these because he loves to work on vehicles and he has a sewing business that he doe at home. I have been looking for at them and I think they are nice but you have to be sure you can live with your companion in a small space such as that. I have down sized from a house that was over 3200 sq. ft. to a new 3000 sq. ft. double wide trailer and down to a little less then 1500 sq. ft. where we are at now. I told my husband I would never go back to an appt. or something that I couldn’t move around in when we got together 18 yr.’s ago. He thinks this would be cheaper and no doubt it would be. But I have incurable Leukemia and Hepatitis C. I like my doctors here and it is hard to find a doctor if you travel around in a tiny house .I love being able to get out in my big yard and be with my flowers and hot house. My husband thinks it would be easier on me in keeping the house clean. He said I wouldn’t have much to clean . I told him sometimes a smaller place needs cleaning more because of no room and constantly being in it. I have saw some tiny homes that were maybe workable but they weren’t the tiniest ones. I had posted on here before but I don’t see my post . I think maybe some one erased it. LOL

    • Gabriella January 28, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

      HI there Sassy! No idea what happened to your comment! I can’t imagine we would have deleted it. Sorry that it’s not there anymore!

  19. Sherry February 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    Hi Dawn, thank you for sharing such a wonderful article. About 10 years ago I made a life changing decision to leave my spouse of 25 yrs. I left with absolutely nothing but my clothes and a few pieces if furniture. I lived, for a time in a 700 SqFt apartment and realized the items I left behind were just “THINGS”. I didn’t miss them at all.
    I met a remarkable man and remarried, then moved into the house he owned. Whew boy, he has a lot of “THINGS”! He just can’t part with any of it. We both love to travel, and do so pulling a little trailer behind the truck…but he could never unload his possessions permanently. I would sure love to live tiny, again, but I couldn’t live with out my wonderful pack rat of a man. ❤️

  20. Marty February 22, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    I was once the consummate pack rat and filled a 3 story home to the rafters with crap I just couldn’t live without until I became homeless awhile back and lost it all, but living in shelters and eventually the YMCA in a room smaller than my current bathroom taught me to value not having to haul uhaul truckloads of crap around. Now, several years later most everything I own can fit in a pickup truck with room to spare. I still accumulate crap, but if I have to leave it behind it’s no sweat off my butt. I’m a habitual get rid of’er now.
    Did I mention that I absolutely hate having to pack things up to move so staying light is where it’s at for me.
    To bad my sig-ther (significant other) is still working on being a compulsive shopper.. Oy!

    • Gabriella February 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

      SO great hearing what a turn around you have had in your relationship to material possessions!! You can be an inspiration for a lot of people that don’t even know how to begin!

  21. wendi December 30, 2016 at 8:00 am #

    Your husband is on board with every “tiny” decision you made except for the size of the house. Consider yourself lucky.

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