Has our recent coverage of the tiny house way of life got you pining after a miniature dwelling of your very own? Even if you’ve spent approximately half of the past week designing 35 different versions of your dream cottage, don’t quit your four-bedroom just yet — it’s not necessarily for everyone. We’ve put together a handy flowchart to help you decide whether you’re cut out for 200 square feet:

Correction: A previous version of this chart assumed no one wants to build their own tiny house. The author has been sentenced to starring in Real World: Tiny House Edition.

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