We’ve made a lot of huge changes this week and what was going to be a productive weekend will (maybe) not happen. We’re so excited about the next phase of our soon-to-be-debt-free life, but it has been exhausting! Every once in a while, we just need a break.
Update: We’ve paid off all of our debt!
On Wednesday, we met with our real estate agents and the big house is officially for sale.
Our goal isn’t simply to be free of debt. We want to free up time to spend doing things we want to do while we’re still in fairly good health. Appreciating what we have and who we have to share it with is an art, one that we want to master.
Related Post: Downsizing Everything, Upsizing Action Verbs
How easy it has been to convince ourselves that we “need” more stuff and clutter than we have and more house than we use. Stuff isn’t what makes us happy. We seek experiences, travel, and fun! Hiking is our absolute, hands-down favorite activity, which we intend to do a lot more of this year after the tiny house is finished. But in order to finish the house, we need to decide on a builder.
While most everyone has been supportive of our project, and we truly appreciate their support, we encountered a little skepticism this week that we unexpected. I believe in surrounding myself with positive, like-minded people who share similar goals; honestly, I just don’t have the time or the inclination to convince the nay-sayers that we’re not crazy.
Unfortunately, there have been some who don’t seem to quite grasp what we’re trying to do and spent a significant amount of time trying to convince us otherwise as if though money is our motivational tool for downsizing our life. I felt uncomfortable, questioned myself, questioned where this criticism was coming from. We’re not about convincing anyone else to change their lives or aspirations, so why did we get so much heat for our (tiny) goals? We’re about action verbs! Who doesn’t love action verbs? 🙂
On a positive note, we have a couple of great building partners we’re speaking with about the project, so more details to come on that front. For now, we’re still in the dreaming/planning phase.
We’ve pinned a ton of ideas to our Pinterest boards. We’ve spent countless hours debating floor plans with bedrooms v. floor plans without bedrooms.
In our latest, bedroom-free floor plan, we utilize the space-saving Murphy bed in the living room and a Lovesac Citysac “couch” (maybe)–grand total of 416 sq. ft. for the entire house! We were thrilled! Visions of fabulous IKEA organizers, shelves and baskets danced in my head.
And because we thought we were on the right track last night, we sent our initial thoughts to the borough office for their consideration.
Well, this is where the wheels not only came off the wagon, they ended up in the Susquehanna River.
Unbeknownst to me, there is a zoning ordinance that says a house must be at least 500 sq. ft. (with setbacks of 5 ft.). Oops.
Arguably, the tiny dream will live on.
According to this tiny house infographic, the average home size in the US is more than 2,500 sq ft. Thus, our house will still be tiny at 500 sq ft. as it will be about 20% the size of the average home; in the US, I think this qualifies as tiny.
As for the setback setback, we’ll opt for a home with a living room at the front, bedroom in the back, and kitchen and bathroom jockeying for space in between.
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