Honey, they shrunk the house!

By Jorie Nicole McDonald

I'll admit I was skeptical. Small spaces aren't my forté, and the tiny home movement was something I preferred to admire from a distance. But, after my experience with Try It Tiny, I'm a believer. The cozy, cottage-like home I called mine for one weekend was enough to change my opinion forever.

What I thought was going to be a dark, sterile space turned out to be bright, airy, and quaint. The small area (170 square feet, to be exact) had everything I needed: a refrigerator, stovetop, bathroom, double bed, and living space. The sleeping quarters were incredibly comfortable, and the bed was in a private loft that overlooked the rest of the tiny home. The tiny home village was complete with personal coffee delivery, a 24-hour concierge, and a private driver (they're portable!).

My favorite aspect of tiny-home living quickly became the no-nonsense, uncluttered way of life. The small space forces occupants to come only with the bare necessities – making things more simple, carefree, and easy-going. When we have too much space we tend to fill it with items we don't really need.

Each tiny home is between 20 to 26 feet long and 8 ½ feet wide – so when they say tiny, it's no exaggeration. Averaging around $500 a night, the cozy havens are meant to house people when large events come to small towns. I had the opportunity to live in my tiny home in Bristol, TN during the NASCAR Food City 500 race weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Similar to campers, the tiny homes can be transported anywhere to create a small village for football games, state fairs, festivals, or concerts.

In fact, the tiny home village community was one of the best aspects of my trip. Everyone got to know one another, cooked out, enjoyed campfires, and shared stories. We even began to affectionately call each other "the villagers". As far as tiny-home living goes, I would definitely do it again and again.