Look at that! Two posts in the Real Talk of Tiny Living series in the same week. How about that? #realtalk
Since moving into the small house, there have been some interesting challenges we’ve had to overcome. Though these are minor challenges in the grand scheme of things, they are the consequences of tiny living that we’ve encountered along the downsized path of living we’re on.
Because of the sensationalism on TV, primarily through numerous television shows and flash-in-the-pan stories of Google employees living in vans, I thought everyone should know more about what the experience has been like for the two of us and our three cats in 536 sq ft.
Real Talk: Routines Change in a Tiny House (also in life)
Are you a person of routine? Maybe you hadn’t thought about it before. Garrett and I rely on routines to make our Monday through Friday much easier–Sunday, too, since let’s face it, Sunday is all about getting ready for work. (FIRE, anyone?)
In the big house, we had your typical morning routine: showers, teeth brushing, coffee, cats, and head to work. Because we had two bathrooms and slight differences in our work schedules, getting ready for work was a lot easier due to a routine we established years before. Wash, rinse, repeat.
In the small house, the second quirk we encountered was the need to change our routine. (The first quirk was our diet.) Because we functioned via routine for years without thinking, we found ourselves having to think on the fly the first full day we lived in our small house. With one bathroom, it was every man for himself.
Question: Who gets shower priority when there is just one in the house?
Answer: the person with the longest hair
Hey, wait! That’s me!
Actual Answer: the person who needs to be at work at 8 a.m. (not me)
To maximize efficiency in the morning, we had to establish a completely new routine that is optimized based on time on task. We reorganized the morning so that Garrett could take care of what he needed to take care stuff (like coffee) while I’m in the shower and then vice versa. The key to our success has been our flexibility and perseverance to make downsized living easy and enjoyable.
In the evenings, we find our routine has remained largely unchanged. Garrett is our primary chef while I am the primary side hustler. However, because we live in a smaller house that requires less maintenance, we’re spending more time together doing things we want to do (like cooking, running, hustlin’) and less time doing things we don’t want to do (like mowing grass, shoveling snow).
Overall, we have absolutely, definitely, without a doubt, gained a tremendous amount of time each day–consequently, joy has also increased substantially.
Spending less time doing stuff = Spending more time doing other stuff
We are much happier, less stressed humans than when we lived in the big house. I’m sure I’ve said that before, and I’m sure I’ll say it many more times, too.
Do you rely on a routine or do you wing it daily?
Now that we’re more than halfway through the Real Talk series, what challenges of our downsized living do you want to hear more about?
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 1: Clutter
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 2: Time
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 3: Diet
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 4: Routine
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 5: Noises
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 6: Smells
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 7: Misconception