A MUM has told how she abandoned traditional living to move into a Tiny House after divorcing her husband.
Alison, 64, went from living in a large house with her husband and kids to a miniature home in the woods of Victoria, Canada with nobody but her dog Tucker for company.
After divorcing her husband Alison moved into a Tiny House with her dog TuckerCredit: youtube
She has come up with clever storage solutions for all aspects of the house including creating this sofa-cum-bed out of Ikea storage unitsCredit: youtube
Alison’s bedroom is on the mezzanine level of the houseCredit: youtube
And she says it’s the best decision she’s ever made.
Speaking in a video on the YouTube channel, Tiny Home Tours, Alison says: “I went from a big house with a family and a husband to getting a divorce and living with my kids in an apartment and then the kids moved out so lived by myself in an apartment and there was just so much room.
“And it’s just so expensive and I just thought there must be a better way to live.
“We are just beyond happy with the choice to live tiny.”
Alison says that it was leaving her job as a home stager that initially piqued her interest in Tiny Houses when she sold her staging props.
She explains: “I decided to sell all of those belongings and it felt incredibly good – it felt so freeing and like a huge weight had come off my shoulders.
“I started thinking about retirement and I started to panic a bit because I had always worked for companies that didn’t offer a pension plan
“I hadn’t saved anything and my rent was very high and I knew that if I wasn’t working I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford it
“But at the same time I saw a YouTube video about tiny home living and was just mesmerised.”
Alison decided to take a leap of faith and purchase a tiny home on a plot of land in the Victorian woods despite concerns from friends and family.
Her home is now fully equipped with Alison coming up with clever storage solutions to save more space.
She placed a mattress on top of two Ikea shelving units to ask as a sofa-cum-bed, has balanced a plank of wood on top of a heater to act as a coffee table and has stairs that stack away.
The house also boasts no less than nine windows that Alison got for a steal.
“As a way of saving money at the beginning I started collecting windows,” she explains.
“When I would see one on sale at the local used good store or Facebook marketplace I would pick them up.
“That saved me a tremendous amount of money.”
She also attended a women’s woodworking class so she was able to build shelving for her home including under stair storage.
To save money on fitting a shower curtain, Alison suspended a £3 hoola hoop from the ceiling before attaching the curtain to that.
The mum admits that while it took a lot of work, she couldn’t be happier with the result.
She says: “It took a lot of work to downsize, it took a lot of work to build and a lot of money but I own this home and it’s probably been the best experience of my life
“There’s a freedom in only owning what you need and having a place of your own that is a sanctuary.”
Alison’s kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, oven, fridge, freezer and washing machineCredit: youtube
Her house is et in the woody surrounds of Victoria in CanadaCredit: youtube