Ryan Mitchell of The Tiny Life website has been keeping us posted about his exciting plans for a modified Fencl. In addition for guest writing for Tumbleweed, Ryan has been blogging about simple living, tiny houses, and environmentally responsible lifestyles on his website: we think he's awesome!
Like many of you, I have a lot on my plate. So when it came time to build my tiny house, I started to wonder when I’d fit it time in to actually finish my house. Right now I am juggling three jobs, running my blog over at The Tiny Life, writing a book and on top of it, building this Tiny House. For many of you, children are part of the equation, but there are plenty of people building homes with kids. So the question in your mind right now might be: how can I juggle everything in my life and build a tiny house?
The answer is actually part of what I call The Tiny Life; building a tiny house isn’t fix-all cure that some wish to believe. In fact, in some regards building a tiny house is the simple part. In a way it plays into our consumer culture, why go out and buy something in an attempt to fix something. It is the lifestyle that many find difficult to adopt. We all know you have to reduce the amount of stuff we have, but along with the small house and the sparse possessions we must bring focus to the life we wish to live in that house.
It was at the point where I had decided to build my house that I sat down and wrote what was truly important to me, these were things that I felt were worthy of my time. From there I ordered them in terms of importance. It was this list that I then took and considered where I spend my energy and time.
Through this process I realized that some things simply couldn’t be achieved right now because other things were more important to me; it meant that I had to say no to some things, which isn’t a word often in our vocabulary in modern society. It was surprising to see how things that were a lower priority for me seemed to sneak into time that would be better used for more important things.
So take a few moments, even if it is on the back of a napkin on a coffee break, to write down your top 10 things that are most important to you and then consider how a shift if your time and energy might be needed. With this you will have to learn to say no to various activities. In this list you can begin to see where building your Tiny House will fit in and what things have to go in order to make the time. You might find that building your house is lower on the list, which means it will take a few years to complete, and that is okay because you are intentional about it. In the long run you are able to focus on what is truly important in your life and begin living The Tiny Life.