We just celebrated our third year anniversary and it got us thinking about our life and what we’ve done so far. Living simply and minimal has always been our goal, so when we got married, with the help of our friends, we were able to make the most of our simple wedding without going into debt. We moved into a small one bedroom apartment, saved some money, and then got rid of our few belongings and moved to another country. We’ve now lived in Ecuador for over a year.
After having experienced the feeling of not being weighed down by our possessions we decided to continue to live simply. We had arrived with 9 suitcases and 2 cats. Inside our suitcases were some of our essentials – clothes, shoes, vitamix, juicer, laptops, and our bed comforter. Currently, we have a mattress, dining table, couch, 2 sitting chairs, stove, fridge, washer & dryer unit, coffee pot, toaster, 3 pots & 2 pans, some dishes, silverware, 2 coffee cups, and a desk with a chair. We also have our favorite books, board games, and other sentimental things like small picture frames.
It doesn’t look like much but for us it feels cluttered. We’ve since moved out of that apartment and are living in a much smaller place in a smaller town. In the last couple of weeks we’ve decided to move back to the states. However, we know how easy it is to get caught up with the lifestyle the states is famous for… buying a fancy car, house, shopping, food, etc. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with doing these things. We just don’t want to be tied down again. We want to work the bare minimum to have time to spend together doing what we love. We want to continue to travel and maybe in the future, once again, pack up and move to another country. To do so we have to live smaller, frugally and minimal.
Tiny-homes have been around for a long time. Before we moved to Ecuador, I had already started to research them and had started following a few tiny-home blogs. Now that we are moving back to the states, we’ve decided that the best option for our lifestyle is to go tiny. Originally, we’re from sunny Southern California (emphasis on the sunny). It’s also expensive to live in California and San Diego is not very tiny-home friendly. We are thinking of moving to tiny-home-friendly area – Portland, Oregon.
Living Tiny & Minimal will be a monthly series, with some special posts, about our new adventure. Stay tuned to the last Friday of every month for updates and more info on what we are doing to successfully live tiny.
Have any of you gone tiny? What were some of your challenges? or decided to live a more minimal life? I’d love to hear from you.