Okay, so maybe it’s more of a vintage camper than a “tiny house.” I haven’t completely moved in full-time, but it’s still a huge step in the right tiny direction. While I would love the camper to be my permanent dwelling, living in 60 square feet poses one small dilemma: having a place for my very active five-year old daughter.
For now, we use the space as our “activity mobile,” as my daughter coined it and I’m okay with that because I’m teaching her the value of time vs. material things. She loves doing her homework and her crafts in the small space, and we have some great talks in there. I’ve given her free range of the things she can bring into the “activity mobile” and she’s been surprisingly modest about it. So far she only has a few stuffed animals, coloring books and our newest addition, a tiny karaoke machine (picked up for $2 at a garage sale).
My Tiny Daughter Values It
It makes me happy to think that I am instilling the importance of time together and that having fun doesn’t need to cost much money in my daughter. She’s also the learning the value of space and material (seeing what’s most important to her and letting the rest go). She’s even voluntarily filled two bins up with toys to give away.
It is true that children pick up on what they see everyday. It is extremely rewarding to see that some of me is rubbing off onto her. My minimalist habits have gotten her to think about her own ways of life, even at the age of five.
By allowing her to explore her own space and giving her the freedom to choose what it is that she values, we are growing closer. Every day after school she runs with excitement to the camper with her homework, sits on the little bench, which doubles as a bed, and gets to work. I can see the overwhelming sense of pride in her as she cleans up after herself and puts everything in its place. I haven’t had to do much but sit back and watch her adjust to this new tiny environment.
It all seems so natural for her. My hope is that as she grows up, she will continue to hold onto the sense that experiences and freedom are more important than material things. That spending time with family and friends is more rewarding than stressing about money, overworking and acquiring things.
Sixty square feet may seem too small for most people, but it works for us; even if it’s only a backyard getaway until we make the big move for real.
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