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In Dream Big, Live Small, we visit tiny home-dwellers, discovering why they choose to live this way, how they manage it and the possibilities to do things like travel, learn and grow that have resulted from downsizing so significantly. In the long run, living small is really about living big.
The tiny home movement often involves selling a majority of your belongings to downsize into a portable miniature home. But with the selling of material things comes the possibility of greater experiences.
For Kim Villalobos, who lives in a tiny mobile home that’s nestled in the foothills of northern California, the tiny home movement has allowed her to have independence and financial freedom.
In this episode of Dream Big, Live Small, you’ll see inside Villalobos’ home that she likes to call “The Dove.”
“The reason I decided to downsize was it was time for me to be out of my parent’s house, and [I didn’t want] to rent an apartment because it was never going to be mine,” she said.
Since her home is essentially in the country, she has a gorgeous view. But inside her home is a work of art, too. There’s whitewashed oak wood flooring to brighten up the space, lots of windows to allow natural light and a lifted couch that has plenty of hidden storage beneath.
Since space is limited, Villalobos had to learn to be humble with purchases, especially since everything has its own space. Having multi-functioning pieces in her home was key, too. The staircase doubles as closet, and she has a lofted bed and lounging space.
But the real perk of tiny home living is that Villalobos is able to save money to travel.
“One of the biggest things that a tiny home on wheels allows for is definitely financial flexibility,” she said. “One thing I’ve always wanted to do was travel the world. And by having a tiny home on wheels, it definitely allows me to have a lot more money in the bank that’s going to go towards traveling in the future.”
To view more of this tiny home, be sure to watch the full episode above. And if you want to join the tiny house revolution yourself, there are kits you can buy on Amazon to build your own version.
Tiny homes to shop on Amazon
Shop: Allwood Solvalla 172 SQF Studio Cabin Kit, $7,290
Shop: Allwood Palma 3 176 SQF Cabin Kit, $9,695
Shop: Allwood Ranger Cabin Kit 259 SQF + 168 SQF Loft, $19,990
If you liked this story, you might like to read about this couple who moved into a tiny home to be closer to nature.
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