How to Downsize Your Home & Embrace Minimalist Living

by Simplify

Amelia and Dan have always wanted to live in the country. So when their son moved out, they downsized their four-bedroom home for a tiny house measuring 26ft by 10ft and 13ft high, located in an idyllic pine forest.

In this video, they share their journey from a big house to a tiny country home and give tips for how to downsize your home if you’re also considering the leap to tiny home living.

Amelia and Dan have always been minimalists who don’t believe in clutter, so getting rid of their stuff was relatively easy, in part because there wasn’t that much to get rid of in the first place.

The home has a stark black exterior with white framings on the doors and windows to create a contrast effect. They also defined the exterior with plants around the home, which includes herbs that they can pick and use for cooking.

The home interior is full of white walls and many windows, which let in air and create a spacious feeling despite the home's small size.

The downsized house is filled with crystals, books, and plants

When you walk in, the first thing that meets your eye is a blue velvet couch, framed by plants that hang from the ceiling. The L-shaped couch has underneath storage for books, games, and toys. It folds out into a bed when their son comes to visit. There is also a fold-up space that allows the couch to double as a work zone.

Dan loves cooking, so their kitchen, although compact, is fully functional, with overhead cupboards, counter space, a sink, an oven and stove top, plus a fridge/freezer.

Dan and Amelia chose to completely enclose their sleeping loft to give it a cozy feeling, but they left a window for letting in air and for stargazing.

How to downsize your home

Overall, this couple is having a great time in their tiny country home and taking advantage of all that country living has to offer.

For more tiny home stories, discover this "man cave" garage workshop home or this minimalist tiny home inspired by Scandi design.

To see more videos, check out the Living Big in a Tiny House YouTube channel.

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