23 photos that show the ugly truth of living in a tiny house


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  • Residents let Insider into their tiny homes to show what tiny house living is really like. Some of it isn't so glamorous.
  • Lofts, which are an important feature in tiny houses, can be cramped, hot, and hard-to-access.
  • Appliances like stoves and bathroom sinks are considerably smaller than what many homeowners are used to.
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As the tiny house movement sweeps across the US, many are divided on if the downsized life is for them.

While some relish in the idea of getting rid of most of their belongings and living simply, others can't imagine squeezing their lives into a space smaller than 300 square feet. So, what is it really like to live in one of these tiny homes?

Residents of tiny homes in Florida and California showed Insider what tiny house living is really like — and it's not always glamorous.

Since everything is smaller in a tiny house, the closet can be a crawl space.

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In this tiny house in California, the walk-in closet is more of a crawl-in. This space is on the second floor of the tiny house at the back of an office room. To get your clothes and do your laundry, you have to crawl on your hands and knees.

Hosting dinner parties may be difficult with the small-sized tables that fit into tiny houses.

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While some tiny houses have full-size tables, most have smaller tabletops that pull out from the wall or, in this case, from the countertop.

If you don't like going to the bathroom in the same spot you get clean, tiny house living may not be for you.

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In this tiny house, the toilet is attached to the door. When no one is in the bathroom and the door is closed, the toilet slides into the shower. When someone is using the bathroom and opens the door, the toilet slides out. With tiny house living, everything happens in the same space.

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