Can you fit a large family in a tiny house and still be organized? Let me share with you some of my tips for making it work.
For the first half of our married life we lived and homeschooled in a nice home in St Louis City. We were in a great area and liked all our neighbors, but we longed for land that our kids could explore and enjoy. After much searching the Lord led us to a foreclosed property that was just what we had hoped for…except for the fact that it did not have a livable home.
On the property was a mold-filled house with a damaged roof and unstable foundation, and several outbuildings. One of those was a workshop with a poured concrete floor and attached lean to for parking farm vehicles. My husband is a visionary man and suggested what seemed impossible at the time: turning this space into a home for our family to live in. This would enable us to move onto the property quickly and inexpensively.
Today we are living out that vision as a family of 10. We finished out the workshop space to perfectly fit our needs and made use of every bit of its 575 square feet for over five years.
Last year we added on a 12×12 bedroom and big front porch. Now the girls have the upstairs loft space to themselves, the boys have the bunk room, and the babies are in the new bedroom with Jason and me. It’s amazing how much that one room addition changed the feel of our house!
Last year I posted a home tour video. This was before our bedroom addition but it shows how we function in a small house with a large family, and shares many of my organization tips. You can watch it here: