You know, it’s not awful living tiny with a big family. Yes, there are 6 people and 4 animals in this 320 sqft skoolie conversion but the memories and fun surpass the momentary pains of living tiny.
Yes, it hurts to get your toes/hips hit by kids opening drawers without paying attention.
Yes, it hurts if you move to fast and catch a 2×4 to the forehead.
Yes, I have fallen going up and down our THREE FRICKEN steps into the bus.
But… its all about perspective. Tiny living has taught me to slow down and pay more attention to my movements, it teaches the kids more about situational awareness (although that lessons is the most painful) and being considerate of space.
Things to consider when going tiny with a big family.
The design –
When we designed Buzz, our goal was to a.) fit everyone and b.) try to create at least 2 areas of personal space. Again we know that 320sqt is not a lot for 6 people, 4 animals, and all our things… and that the majority of the space is communal.
Johnny and I were easy, we knew this lifestyle would come with some sacrifices. Our “space” is our bedroom/beds to retreat from the madness, but we rarely need to.
The kids have their separate bunks & booth seats. In the bunk room, their bed serves as their rooms, it’s cozy but they hold everything they need and more. Each kid also has storage within their coffin beds and a storage tote each below their bunk area (it hold 8 totes on each side). Their booth seats hold additional storage, as well as their desktops. We wanted the ability to have ALL the storage for each kid to have their “things” and still have space to work, create, play, dream, etc.
Knowing When You Need Space –
Johnny and I both believe in understanding when to step away because you need space. With our more confined spaces, the kids, as wild as they are, have had to learn to deal with their emotions better, recluse into their bunks or head outside for a bike ride if they need space.
We all spend a considerable amount of time outside, which allows for a lot of fresh air, space, and distance from each other. Over the past 8 months we have seen a transition in the kid’s willingness to let things go, be helpful towards each other and learning to compromise.
Embracing the minimalist lifestyle –
Once you begin to LIVE with less, you reach this understanding of how you actually want to live. You put yourself and your happiness above all material things or outsiders opinions and just “be happy”. Shopping becomes intentional, the time spent with others is deeper and enjoyed, it becomes infectious. We love living with less stuff, it takes your mind off of all the projects that need to be done, or things that need to be updated/changed etc.
It’s not terrible living in a tiny space with 5 other people. Like all other things, it takes an open mind and a little bit of elbow grease.