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9 Benefits of Living in a Tiny House

9 Benefits of Living in a Tiny House

I’m obsessed with tiny houses. I watch all the new shows dedicated to this unique style of living: Tiny House Hunters, Tiny House Builders, Tiny House Big Living, Tiny House Nation. I just eat all of them up. I love learning about the different benefits that tiny houses offer to their owners. I also love seeing the different ways they’re designed and decorated to be perfect for their owners’ needs.

Over time, I’ve learned about nine big benefits of living in a tiny house:

1. You can take it traveling

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    Nicolás Boullosa

    One of the biggest benefits of having a tiny home is the ability to just hitch it to a truck and drive it to a new location.

    Whether you’re trying to move to a new spot of land or just go on vacation without having to pack up some suitcases, having a tiny home makes it surprisingly easy to see new places.

    Different tiny homes are built in different ways. Some are equipped with rainwater collection and solar panels. They are designed to live completely off the grid and can be parked just about anywhere you want. Other tiny homes are built more traditionally, needing power and water hookups. They are better suited to dedicated plots of land or RV/mobile home parking.

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    No matter how you design your tiny home, its potential mobility is a huge benefit.

    2. You don’t have to spend a lot of money building it

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      Tammy Strobel

      If you have the time and ability to design and build the house yourself, you can only spend your money on materials. There are tiny home designers out there who will create and build it for you, but that obviously costs more as you’re paying for material and manpower and that company’s overhead.

      That said, tiny homes are just a fraction of the price of traditional homes, and you can have everything designed specifically for you. Prices for tiny homes can range from less than $19,000 to around $50,000 depending on its size and the kind of finishes that you want.

      The low price also means that you can potentially pay cash for it if you’ve spent enough time saving up. If you can’t pay cash, the loan payments will be much smaller than a traditional mortgage. No more $2,000 house notes for you!

      3. You don’t have to worry about future moves

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        Nicolás Boullosa

        One thing that often holds people back from purchasing a traditional home is its permanence. You’ve invested a lot of money into this immovable structure and the land surrounding it. What happens if you get a new job in a different city, state, or even country and have to move? Or if you just get some super annoying neighbors?

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        Unless you actually buy a plot of land to park your tiny home on, you’re not tied to any property. Your only permanent tie is to the house itself, so if you get a new job somewhere else you can just hitch it to a truck and drive it to that new place! You still have to find a place to live, but the actual house itself will never be in question.

        4. You can be extremely environmentally friendly

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          Tomas Quinones

          Because your house is going to be so small, you can make a lot of it out of recycled, re-purposed, and salvaged materials. In addition to making your house look cool and unique, it also saves that same amount of new materials from being made.

          Like I mentioned in the first point, you can also set up your home to live off the grid. Using solar or wind resources to give your house power, using a rainwater catch and filtration system, and installing a composting toilet are all steps to enabling your tiny house to be functional anywhere in the world.

          5. You can be extremely energy efficient

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            Nicolás Boullosa

            Whether you use solar power or hook your house up to a power line, the energy needs of such a tiny space are much smaller than the energy needs of a traditional home. Smaller appliances work more efficiently and a smaller space uses less power to heat and cool the air.

            If you need to connect to a power source, you’ll still have to pay your electric bill, but it can be a quarter or less of your traditional house’s bill. On top of everything you’re saving on your mortgage, think about all the trips you can take with that money you’ll be saving!

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            6. You can de-clutter your life

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              Matt Harriger

              Well — you have to de-clutter your life. After living in a traditional home for a few years, stuff just piles up everywhere. You can’t stuff everything that fits into a 2000+ square foot home into a 200 square foot home, so by necessity you’ll be donating or selling a lot of things.

              This gives you a chance to really look at your possessions to see what honestly matters to you and what you just have around because it’s always been there or it just looked cool so you bought it.

              Once you’ve pared down your possessions, you’ll only have meaningful and really necessary things. Plus, it’ll make your move much easier.

              7. You can spend less money on decorations, even if you love to change things up

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                Tammy Strobel

                If you’re the kind of person who loves to redecorate a traditional home every year or two, a tiny house might be the best canvas for you. Even if you wanted to repaint the whole thing, it would be done in a single afternoon with just a can or two of paint. New flooring? You only have 200 square feet to recover!

                If smaller pieces of decor are more your thing (pictures, throw pillows, rugs) the same thing applies here too. You have such a smaller area to coordinate that it’s much easier and cheaper to redo the entire house. You won’t have to go just one room at a time since you have extra money in your budget — the whole house is yours to play with.

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                Maybe that’s where your energy bill savings can go.

                8. You can spend less time/money on cleaning

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                  Bill Dickinson

                  Another benefit that comes from having less space is you won’t use as much cleaner since you won’t have to buy it so often. Sweeping will only take a couple of minutes. Dusting? Even less time.

                  Some people love cleaning, so this might be a disappointment. However, if you hate cleaning, then this is a definite plus of tiny homes.

                  9. You can stay tidier easier

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                    Tomas Quinones

                    This follows naturally from having to de-clutter to move in to a tiny home. You have less stuff, but everything actually goes somewhere. You’ll never let stuff pile up on the floor just because you don’t know where it goes or because that back closet is just too full.

                    What is it your mom always says? “A place for every item, and every item in its place.”

                    Again, if you love to clean, this won’t really mean anything to you. However, if you’re perpetually cluttered and untidy, this will be a great bonus to you because you can finally quit worrying about tidying before guests come over. Even if you let things get a little untidy, cleaning becomes much, much faster than before.

                    Featured photo credit: Tammy Strobel via flic.kr

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                    Last Updated on November 18, 2020

                    50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                    50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                    If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                    That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                    Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                    1. Believe It to See It

                    Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                    2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                    While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                    3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                    Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                    4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                    Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                    5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                    There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                    6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                    It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                    7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                    Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                    8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                    Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                    9. Maximize Your Strengths

                    Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                    10. Be in It to Win It

                    Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                    11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                    People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                    12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                    Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                    13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                    You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                    14. Be a One-Off Original

                    Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                    15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                    Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                    16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                    Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                    17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                    Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                    18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                    We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                    19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                    Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                    20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                    Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                    21. Make Your Own Luck

                    In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                    22. Ignite Your Initiative

                    While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                    23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                    Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                    24. Champion in Communication

                    Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                    25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                    Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                    26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                    To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                    27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                    While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                    28. Live by Core Values

                    Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                    29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                    Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                    30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                    Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                    31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                    Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                    32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                    Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                    33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                    Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                    34. Change Opens New Doors

                    People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                    35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                    It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                    36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                    Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                    37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                    When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                    38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                    How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                    39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                    If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                    40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                    Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                    41. Swim Against the Tide

                    Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                    42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                    More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                    43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                    Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                    44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                    While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                    45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                    Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                    46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                    Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                    47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                    While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                    48. Follow Through

                    Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                    49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                    We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                    50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                    To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                    So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

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