When Jon and I got married, we lived in a 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom house just outside of Athens and though the initial appeal of a large, sprawling house was exciting, we quickly fell out of love with it. So much space filled with so much stuff we don’t need was exhausting. We downsized a year later to a two bedroom place (shack, really) and loved it. The beauty in simplicity is so real for us.
We’re now house hunting in our soon-to-be-new city and the options are also overwhelming. The upside to moving so often is that we are constantly simplifying so that packing doesn’t become such a bear. Through that process, we’ve learned something about ourselves: we love less. Less space and less stuff equals more money in the bank and more time to do what we really love: travel, cook, wander, and rest. It’s so easy to get trapped in the maintenance cycle – achieving a certain amount and then becoming a slave to the time and effort it takes to maintain that number. In the past few years, we have felt super convicted about how we want to fill our lives, what we want to teach our kids, and where our investments go.
We read this article on tiny house living last year and have since become infatuated with the idea of the super simple, but passed it off as something we could never do, for whatever reason (too much stuff, we want kids, undefined location, two dogs, etc.) But, after tons of research and prayer, we realized … WHO CARES. Also, stuff is just stuff, babies are tiny, we can go anywhere, and our dogs will just go where we go – if we bring their temperpedic bed.
Do you think we’re crazy yet? It’s okay, we sort of are. We like it that way.
The off-the-grid factor of this specific home is exciting, but we still want modern conveniences and beautiful, curated design. We’ve researched dozens of tiny home builders in North Carolina and across the country before finding Tiny Heirloom in Portland and falling in love with their mission and process.
So! We’re taking the leap! Once we get all our ducks in a row, we’ll fly out to Portland to meet with the builders and design our home exactly how we want it. We’ll likely be having an “estate sale” of sorts – so be on the lookout for news on that.
I know this will read very tree hugger hippy dippy to some of you, which I understand. But, we’re thrilled with the idea of having beautiful things that have a defined place and purpose in our lives and filling the rest with memories, experiences, and free space. We’ll be sure to post more as this adventure unfolds!