Questions to Ask When Downsizing to a Tiny House

If a tiny home is in your future, chances are, so is some downsizing!

The tiny house lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean you have to become a minimalist, but it might be helpful to become minimal-ish. Or at least downsize a few things that won’t serve you in this upcoming chapter.

Are you ready to dive into the downsizing details?

Decluttering Tips… That We’re Going to Skip!

You’ve probably read a million articles about decluttering, so we’re going to skip the usual tips, and instead, give you questions to ask throughout the downsizing process.

This is because we want to help you get to the root of your relationship with your stuff. Not only will doing so help you downsize in preparation for tiny house living, but it will also help you maintain your tiny house lifestyle for the long haul.

That way you can use the downsizing process to fix what needs to be fixed, and so you can enjoy all the lightness of your tiny house era!

Sound like a plan?

Why a Tiny Home?

The tiny house lifestyle is all about simplicity, so let’s cut straight to it: why are you choosing a tiny home? 

People have many, many reasons for buying a tiny house! Here are just a few:

Reasons to Buy a Tiny Home

  • Financial freedom
  • Affordable homeownership
  • Flexibility of location
  • Simple living
  • A life of ‘doing’ rather than ‘having’
  • To live near family 
  • Sustainability
It doesn’t matter what your answer to the question is, but here’s why the question matters: your answer is the driving force behind your entire tiny home journey.
Just let that sink in for a minute.
If you are moving out of a traditional house or apartment, radically downsizing your possessions, and taking a leap of faith to join the tiny home movement, you are setting some big energy in motion. So whatever is driving your choices must be pretty important!

And because that thing is so important, you’ll want to keep it in your purview close as you comb through your possessions to guide you when downsizing. Let the fire in your heart lead the way. It won’t steer you wrong in deciding what to take with you, and what to let go of as you step into the next chapter.

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What Will Your Tiny House Hobbies Be?

What are your favorite hobbies? 

Again, before you answer, take a pause.

Most people have an auto-answer they’ve been reciting for so long that they don’t even hear it anymore. 

Is your answer still true?

Your tiny house adventure represents a whole new chapter, and the downsizing process is an invitation to reevaluate. 

So which hobbies will make the cut? Freshening up your answer will guide your downsizing process and help you decide if the bowling ball is worth keeping!

What Is Your Favorite Part of the Day?

Whatever your answer is, will likely be the same in a tiny house! 

For example, if your favorite part of the day is curling up by the fire with a cup of lemon-ginger tea and reading your favorite tiny house blog, well, that probably won’t change much just because you’ve moved into a tiny house! 

And since it likely won’t change, you’ll want to prioritize the items that support this special time of day. 

Remember, you are downsizing into the tiny house lifestyle, which is all about maximizing the enjoyable aspects of your life.

What Will Your Tiny House Morning Routine/Evening Routine Look Like?

Some parts of your life change a lot once you move into a tiny house, but other parts hardly change at all.

Two parts that will likely stay the same are your morning and evening routines. 

Morning and evening routines bring consistency, clarity, health, and organization to our lives, so you’ll want to hang on to any items that support these routines. Yes, even though you’re downsizing!

What Do You Notice Regularly (and Love?!)

When it comes to downsizing, we’re taught to focus on what we use, but while this is important, remember that the tiny house lifestyle is about joy, not merely functionality.

So as you downsize, be on the lookout for things you deeply enjoy.

A good example might be a piece of art you notice and appreciate every day. You don’t “use” it exactly, but it adds interest, dimension, and feeling to your life. Things like this will become even more potent in a small space, so don’t think you have to give them away just because you’re moving into a tiny home!

What Could You Easily Borrow (Instead of Storing in Your Tiny House?)

In the downsizing process, it’s pretty common to end up with a pile of items in a “maybe” category. 

Maybe you’ll need them, maybe you won’t. So how do you decide?

Well, it might help to ask what you could easily borrow. 

For example, here are things that would be tricky to borrow:

  • Cherished stuffed animals
  • Personal care items
  • Jewelry
  • Antiques/heirlooms
  • Art
  • Custom-made things
And here are examples of things you could easily borrow:
  • A shovel
  • A food processor
  • A label-maker
  • Tools
  • Cookie cutters
  • A tennis racquet
Not everything is going to fit into a tiny house, but if you apply a little strategy to your downsizing, you’ll be able to borrow most of what you need. 
Buy-nothing groups, buy/sell/trade groups, and ask/offer forums can all be great places to obtain items you need infrequently. They are also great places to get rid of things you’re no longer using! (Because let’s be real; in a tiny home, there will be mini downsizing sessions along the way!)

Final Thoughts on Tiny Home Downsizing

These questions aren’t exhaustive, but we hope they’ve gotten your downsizing motivation flowing! Downsizing and going tiny is a process, but you don’t have to do it alone.

Our team at Mint would love to help you facilitate your tiny home dreams. So if you haven’t reached out yet, let’s talk. 

Just use the link below to book your free tiny home consultation. 

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