Mom Lives Paycheck To Paycheck, Struggles To Pay Rent - So She Built Her Own Tiny Home

One single mother was getting sick of all her money going to her $1,600-per-month rent. By the time she finished paying, there seemed to be nothing left.

She realized that downsizing was the way to go, and became determined to build her own tiny home. It took a year, and some creative financing, but she's now living large in her compact residence.

Michelle “MJ” Boyle knew it was the perfect time for her to transition to a tiny home. Her kids were getting older and getting ready to fly the coop, to go out and lead lives of their own. After raising a family on her own, it was time for Boyle to start thinking about her own future, and about saving up for her own retirement.

She wanted to live, not merely exist to pay rent to someone else. So she decided a tiny home was the way to go, and she decided that she was going to design and build it herself.

It wasn't easy to get up the money to build the home, despite the fact that she kept costs low. There was no room left in her paycheck after she paid rent for the house she was living in in Oregon, and all her monthly bills. She had to be very creative so she started taking on projects to help raise the dough.

Boyle says she bought and fixed up an old camper to sell. She also bought other things which she ended up selling for more money. Little by little, she was able to purchase the supplies she would need to put her home together.

Then she got the idea of doing sponsorship to help obtain more of what she needed. Doing the work herself, right there in the yard of her rental property, not only saved money, but made her feel good about her accomplishment.

“Building anything with your own hands is one of the most rewarding experiences,” she said. “In my case: I’m not only building it, I designed it.”

In just a year, she had her new residence. Now, she went from a $1,600-per-month mortgage to $75 per month in expenses.

The house is pretty amazing. She has a loft bedroom, as well as a guest loft. Her bathroom features a stall shower and a composting toilet. She has a washer-dryer, too, to keep up with the laundry.

In Boyle's living room, you'll find what she calls 'real' furniture, as opposed to boxes with cushions on them. She wanted to give her tiny residence more of a homey feel with comfortable seating and actual furnishings.

Boyle makes the most of vertical space as well; instead of spreading things out, she spreads up the walls with box shelving stairs that double as storage cubbies.

The kitchen is her pride and joy; she wanted to show people that tiny living doesn't mean skimping on a nice kitchen. The mom loves to entertain, so she made sure her kitchen corner came fully equipped with a stove, sink and fridge to handle it.

Now that she's saving so much money, Boyle is investing in more tiny homes. She designs them and builds them, and is hoping to rent them out on AirBnB or some other website platform. She believes that in the long run, she'll end up with a great stream of income.

Source: Inspire More
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