- Posted July 20, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Living in small spaces
Tiny House Family
- Anika3, CNN iReport producer
Living mortgage-free has given us the freedom to make decisions based on what will make us happy, not what we have to do to pay the mortgage. I have cut my outside-of-the-home work to 20 hours a week to allow for more time to tend our large garden, to write, to keep chickens, put away food for winter and to have fun with the kids. Karl has been able to move from a stressful job to one where he is able to have lots of creative input and healthy challenge. Freeing ourselves from consumer debt and living mortgage-free has cleared the clutter to help us see what is truly important: our relationships, our happiness, each moment.
We love living with the just the things we need, and not more. When we need to cook, everything is at arm’s reach. Tiny house cooking is efficient and fun. The things we have are beautiful, enriching our tiny space. We got rid of so much and kept the beautiful things. For example, the fancy wedding China that we used to keep behind China cabinet doors now graces our daily table.
We have combated cabin fever in the middle of winter by digging out a large fire pit just off the deck, so we enjoy sitting outside year-round. We retreat to our lofts to read, nap or watch a movie. The kids play in their loft and have a small DVD player with which to watch movies.
Family time is centered around our built-in couch, our large deck, the chicken yard, riding bikes, swinging in trees, and walking the hills.
The adjustment to living this way has been a great adventure and joy as we journey back to a time where people lived close, grew their own food, spent lots of time outside and worked close with nature--not distracted by excess.
You can read more about our adventures in living tiny on our blog: tinyhousefamily.com
Thanks for reading!