Monday, November 4, 2013

Tiny House Movement


The tiny house movement, as many blogs and articles as I have read on the subject none of them seem to define the movement... while its quiet obvious it is a shift towards smaller houses the reasons for the movement have been vast. I was actually inspired by the movement. I think its amazing that people live in such small places, but the design and organization of the small houses are so good that in many cases they don't seem as small.

I actually discovered the tiny house movement by accident. I was reading a local paper that offered "cabins" for really cheap. These cabins were of course storage buildings rather than meant for habitation but I sent my mom a picture as a joke seeing as how she has always wanted to own and live in a cabin. I began to wonder if it would be possible to turn the cabin into an actual house, I had seen small efficiency apartments and tiny dwellings online in stories, I hadn't heard about the movement yet... when I started googling to see if it was actually a possibility I came across the movement.

I have to say I am shocked. People who participate in the tiny house movements are really creative, many of them have built their own tiny houses themselves, they find ways around local government red tape known as permits and building codes, they figure out ways of fitting everything in small spaces and making it work for them and their family, and many came up with creative solutions for their toilets, and appliances as well.

Since I was a little girl I have always thought I would buy a bigger or at least modest size house, although I'm not sold on the tiny house movement because I will be starting a family in the next few years I can't say I'm completely opposed to it either. My mom currently has over 1,000 sq ft trailer house and its just her. She also has a shed. Why does one person need so much space? In America we all seem to think we need big houses and I'm wondering if this movement isn't a step towards a better, more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Well its easier for us to think less space might be great for others but we need more I encourage you to consider the possibilities. How much room in your current house are you utilizing? How much wasted space is there? How much junk do you have that you truly don't need or use?

There are many arguments I have read in favor of smaller houses:

  • Easier to clean
  • Cheaper to maintain
  • Cheaper on utilities
  • Closer family
  • Cheaper to buy
  • More Relaxing
  • Helps you figure out whats important
  • Frees up money for vacations, etc
  • You accumulate less clutter
  • You buy less
  • No or few unwanted guests
  • Self sufficiency
  • Financial Freedom
  • Forces you to be organized
  • Environmentally Friendlier
What do you think? Would you ever live in a small house? How small is too small?