What is is like to live in a tiny house with a large family?
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Our most Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Do you really live in 384 sq ft with 12 people?
A: For a short time we did have all 11 of us in 384 sq ft, but we currently have three buildings that we live inis 908 sq ft. For the first two years before our last baby was born and before we added more living space we had 11 people living in 524 sq ft. Our last baby was born after we added our addition.
Q: What is the hardest thing about living in a tiny house?
A: Well, I don’t know if there is one thing I could pin point. I would probably have to break it into two things. One issue is storage space is extremely valuable, and the lack of storage can lead to a messy house. To deal with this issue we try to be as creative with our storage as we can so that we can keep our home clean. We learned a long time ago that the cleaner the home the more relaxed everyone is. And when the house is clean, I am a much better mother and wife.
We play together and work hard to foster good relationships with our kids.
The second issue is probably when the weather is bad and everyone is stuck in a small space. Well this actually is directly related to the size of your space in comparison to the size of the family. We haven’t had too many days that this was an issue, but just about everyone in our family has a favorite space that they personally like when they need a little space, but these two issues are the reason that we added 384 sq feet to our tiny house homestead in 2015. When we added our last space (our library) things got a lot better as we had 3 spaces that we could seperate into. We love to spend time together, but its nice to have some room.
In order for this to work we spend a lot of time fostering relationships with each other.
Q: How do you deal with storage issues?
A: Storage issues are extremely important. First you have to look at everything you own and determine on a regular basis if what you own and store has enough value to keep. We de-clutter a lot.
Second you need to be clever with your storage and whenever possible also make sure its attractive. We adjust our storage solutions often also as our family grows and changes shape. But if you can’t put things away then your tiny space becomes a tiny prison, so it is important to make sure that clean up and storage are dealt with on a regular basis.