It's been a weird few months to say the least. As we all grapple with this new reality that the pandemic has brought with it, I've come to a few realizations that I wasn't fully aware of before.
1) Tiny houses are even more versatile than I thought - When I first built my own tiny house for my daughter and I, it was slated as a weekend getaway. I fulfilled that role swimmingly and it was always fun to head up here to the Catskills on the weekends and spend some time in nature. I could never have imagined that the tiny house would serve a more important role than just a place to spend a few days at. Due to the pandemic and because my other 'home' is right outside of NYC, I have been spending all my time up here at the tiny house.
2) Living in a tiny house is not a hardship (I suspected as much, but now it's been confirmed) - Since I've been in the tiny house more non-stop for the last few months, I can now definitively state that living in a tiny house is not terribly hard to do. That said, there are a number of things that are very different from my 2 bedroom condo in NJ. Changing the sheets in a loft bedroom is really hard to do and a core workout. Sometimes the lack of space gets a bit frustrating since you wind up shuffling some items back and forth between spots so that you can work, clean the dishes, etc. All in all though it's been fine. You get your routine. You realize that you don't have the luxury to just leave the pour over coffee maker out all day on the kitchen counter. That sort of thing. On the positive side, being in nature and yet comfortably cocooned in a small house is very soothing and good for my mental well being. It's hard to be stressed out when you are surrounded by nothing but trees and critters. When I go back to NJ/NYC, I feel way more stressed and you sense a certain tension in the air that just simply is missing up here in the Catskill region of NY.
Conclusion - Covid 19 sucks. What really sucks though is that many people don't have any options regarding where they are. In that sense my tiny house is really a tiny luxury at this point in time. I'm grateful and humble to have it and it's been a wonderful place to spend a time during this pandemic. I'm not a rich man, but a tiny house as a primary or even secondary residence is not that lofty an ambition.
It's also nice to be able to now say with some authority that I can/could live in a tiny house full time since that's exactly what I've been doing. I can finally check that box and not feel like a tiny house community imposter anymore due to my previous 'part time only' tiny house living arrangement.
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
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