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Tiny Living's Big Benefits for Families

When a family considers tiny living, they are usually most daunted by the decreased space. Most learn a long list of life lessons once they’ve hit the road. However, adults can learn much from kids who’ve experienced the tiny lifestyle. Here are a few benefits for families looking to downsize their house and increase their quality of life.

Get Outside

When you are living as a family inside roughly 100 square feet per person, your house size encourages you to spend more time outdoors. Not only does that provide the natural benefits of vitamin D and earthing our toes into the dirt, but it also provides the time to garden and focus more on sustainable living while teaching these valuable skills to kids. For active minds and little bodies, this can be a great way to look at education in the outdoors.

The Gerde family, Emily, Justin and two and half year-old, Wyatt sit for a photo outside their tiny home in the south Metro on Saturday, August 13, 2016. (Pioneer Press: John Autey)

Experience-Centered

When your real estate decreases, it isn’t uncommon that you might stop encouraging tangible gifts for holidays and birthdays. Most tiny house families prefer the gift of intentional time together. This might include a laser tag game, a visit to the local art museum, science center, or zoo. These are fun opportunities to make memories as a family and they don’t take up any space.

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Teaching Life Skills

Using their ever-broadening imaginations to play outside or inside, kids begin to role play characters which causes them to be in scenarios where problem solving and social skills are taught and learned. Allowing kids to play with wooden pieces of toy food allows for bakery, restaurant, soup kitchen, cafeteria, house, and many more imaginative ideas where each child becomes someone in the imaginary story line. Conflict inevitably arises and they learn each day how to work through things together, whereas screen time in a large house doesn’t encourage such play.

 

As families adjust to tiny living, they are able to adjust to letting go of tangible things, use their imaginations, and allow themselves to be their best selves. That freedom is what we all seem to be chasing, no matter our age.

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