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Step 1: Make the call and don’t look back.
In 2014, Lindsay and Jared had all of the boxes checked: good jobs, two dogs, and a 2,000-square-foot house in Arlington, Texas. “It felt really weird to be in that situation at 25,” Jared says, “like there weren’t many more adventures or unknowns ahead.” So they put their house on the market, got an offer the first day, and they were out.

Step 2: Start gradually.
The Knights moved into a 600-square-foot apartment in Jared’s parents’ house while building their even tinier house. “The gradual process was not what we had planned, but it was perfect,” Lindsay says. “We got rid of a lot of stuff, but we also packed some things we thought we might need. It helped us realize, ‘Oh, we don’t need three different-sized colanders.’”

Step 3: Conjure Marie Kondo.
The Knights each have one 22-inch-wide closet. For Jared, five shirts and a couple of pairs of jeans do the trick. Lindsay researched capsule wardrobes, which feature a set number of versatile, mix-and-match pieces. “It’s so much easier getting dressed in the morning,” she says. “I know that I like everything in my closet and it goes with eight different things.”

Step 4: Get creative.
Boxes and bins are for novices. In the Knights’ house, a stowed footstool doubles as storage space, lazy Susans leverage corner cabinet depths, and shelves stake claims to vertical space. Their TV? A ceiling-mounted projector with a roll-up screen.

Step 5: Make everything multipurpose.
“We installed two folding tables right beside each other,” Lindsay says. “They can be a changing table, or you can just pull one up and have an extra desk or a place to fold laundry.”

Step 6: Skip the registry.
The Knights put together a tight list of essentials (see sidebar). “Everything was a conscious decision,” Lindsay says. “Is this something the babies actually need?” 

Step 7: Channel your inner handyman.
Most out-of-the-box products don’t work at their scale. Jared and Lindsay have learned to build what they need, like a plexiglass baby gate for their lofted bedroom.

Step 8: Find your tribe.
They haven’t met any other tiny housers with twins — yet — but they regularly seek the counsel of owners around the country. “You know you must have a lot of things in common,” Jared says. “It’s just a big lifestyle change.”

Step 9: Be flexible.
“Expecting the unexpected with tiny house living has maybe prepared us a little bit for parenthood,” Lindsay says. “We’re not experts. But it will be at least entertaining for people to read about and maybe inspire [them to try] the minimalistic way. You don’t need all of these things; you can still have the cool joys of life.”

Step 10: Keep us posted.
Want to know how the Knights’ expectations met reality? We’ll have an update following the twins’ arrival. In the meantime, see them on the HGTV show Tiny House Hunting: