Downsizing Your Life To Live In 100 Square Feet. Could You Do It?


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I am thinking that only 100 sq ft might be a tad bit small for us to live in, but I do like the idea of a smaller space. The more square footage you have, the more you have to clean, heat, cool, maintain, etc – I personally have much better things to do than work on my house each and every day! I figure as long as we have enough space to move around in, that’s enough for us – no big house necessary. But some people are taking “small” to the next level – by downsizing their life to fit in 100 square foot houses. Some of you might already know about Tumbleweed Tiny Houses, but I came across this video over on CNN that does a nice job of both showcasing the houses and looking into the “Why?” aspect of moving your life into 100 square feet:

The people living in these tiny homes pay an average of about $75 a year for utilities, and the homes themselves cost anywhere between $15,000-$45,000. Check out this video of Jay, the guy that started the company and lives in his own tiny house:

I think there is something to be said for people willing to live in such a tiny space, but I know I could not do it. Small is one thing; in fact, when we buy a home we are going to specifically buy something smaller than what your average person might want because of all the reasons I listed above. But 100 square feet might be cutting it a little close. Could you live in a house this small? They do afford you the ability to A. move your house when you want to, B. live in a community you otherwise might not be able to afford to, and C. live without a mortgage payment. What do you think?

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  1. My hat’s off to him– my spouse & I have moved into a 600 sq foot home & it’s as small as we think we care to go. It does make one very conscious of not being a pack rat & certainly limits any impulse shopping 🙂

  2. We used to live in 600 sq feet and we could probably do it again, for sure. I miss it now that I am in a house that is too big for us!

  3. Wow. That’s impressive. I think we could do 600. We could probably get it down even more if we lived in a climate that allowed us to spend lots of time outside year round. It snowed a little yesterday, and I’m already panicking about impending cabin fever, so I don’t know that I could do that small here.

  4. Allie-

    We both work from home, so getting out for walks is a brain saver. We plan on adding a screened in porch to the front in a few years- one of the nice things about having short mild winters here in CenTex.

  5. 100 is too small. I think I had a place about 400 square feet for a few years. It was great, 2 tiny bedrooms and a living/kitchen/dining room. I could go that small if I had too.

    I could go a little smaller, but even then I had a very small (4×8?) storage unit for seasonal stuff (skis, bike, christmas, rollerblades, etc.)

    Right now I’ve got way too much space (1,500 square feet) and it’s just full of crap in the office and spare bedroom.

  6. I used to live in a 100 square foot studio apartment quite comfortably. I think this is a great idea and I am looking into it. I am already committed to building a small energy efficient home without getting a mortgage.

  7. If you want to park it permanently, yes, you need some land to put it on. Maybe you know someone with some land that you could park it on?

    There are tons of people who live in mobile houses year round – RV’s. They stay in parking lots and RV parks.

  8. that place is more than enough for me. i still pay rent, but i don’t know how to live in a mobile house legally: where the address will be? will it be numbered like any car and that number is written in the identity card? how are taxes paid? and you still have to own land/rent it to park it

  9. Your address will be your park address + lot number or if you buy land, it will be the same as any other street address.

    We pay yearly prop tax on the trailer itself, but not the land, since we rent in a park

  10. We just recently downsized to a one bedroom cottage. Last kid had gone to college and we are trying to retire to our sailboat but the economy is such that our nest egg and equity are gone. This is our way of quickly saving money. Takes a bit of getting use to but simplifying has its gratifications.

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