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Moving Into a Tiny House? Here’s How to Downsize

Young couple moves into a tiny house

Ivan Samkov

The tiny house revolution is upon us and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Many people are looking to simplify their lives by getting rid of many of their belongings, moving into a tiny house, and minimizing their impact on the environment. Living lightly is highly attractive these days, especially as things become more expensive, but downsizing your life to fit into a tiny house isn’t easy. These tips from moving and storage services experts can help you do just that.

Gradually Reduce the Size of Your Home

Breaking a habit by going cold turkey is extremely difficult as anyone who’s tried to quit smoking will tell you. Becoming a minimalist is no different. It’s not easy to let go of all your things that you’ve accumulated over a lifetime and if you try to do it all at once, you probably won’t be successful. Instead, start gradually reducing the size of your home until you are at the point where you can comfortably live in a tiny house.

For example, if you’re living in a three bedroom house, sell that and move into a rented two bedroom house or apartment. You will naturally have to get rid of at least one bedroom’s worth of stuff. Stay there for a length of time (one lease period or so) and then move to a one bedroom house or apartment. Keep going until you’re at the point where you don’t have much stuff at all and can move into a tiny house with only what you own. This could take a while, but it’s the least traumatic experience available.

 Young couple moves into a tiny house

Pack Everything, Only Unpack What You Need

You will need a storage unit or container for this downsizing option, but it really opens your eyes as to what you really need to live. This method involves packing up your entire household into boxes or bins and then unpacking only what you need as you need it when you move into your tiny house. The idea behind this method is that you will discover that you only need a fraction of the belongings you have and you’ll be motivated to get rid of the rest through a sale or donation.

A fun way to get everything packed up is to hold a packing party and get your friends to help you in exchange for an evening of food, wine, and friendship. Once you explain why you are packing your things up, they’ll get behind the process and help you achieve your minimalist goals. You can also do this before you move into a tiny home, but you’ll be more tempted to bring in things you don’t need if you have the space to do so.

Start Small

Begin the process of downsizing by getting rid of one item each day until you’re down to exactly what you’ll need when you’re in your tiny home. This could take a while depending on how many things you own, but it’s easier to do than trying to get rid of everything you won’t use in a weekend. Your decisions will get harder the closer you get to achieving minimalism, but if you keep your end goal in mind, you’ll be able to make them.


If you’re really committed to living in a tiny home, you’ll be able to downsize with relative ease. After all, you already recognize the benefits of living light. Now, you just need to get there.