Last updated on November 12, 2019 at 01:10 pm
Ahh, the tiny house movement. These small dwellings have been popping up all over. Sicily Kolbeck made headlines with her tiny house project that turned into a memorial for her late father. Then there’s the television series on the FYI Network, Tiny House Nation. And I’m sure some of you are wondering why in the world someone would want to downsize to such an extreme extent. Fear not, I can explain…
The idea of living in a tiny house is part of a larger minimalism movement. What’s that you say? Well, it’s a lifestyle where one really looks at how objects add value to life. If an object subtracts from life then is it really worth keeping?
See if you can relate to this situation:
You just purchased a 2,000-square-foot home. Yay! Now it’s yours, as long as you make those monthly payments for the next 30ish years, and you get to fill it with stuff! But then that stuff needs to be organized and cleaned. And when the weekend arrives your to-do lists involve organizing and cleaning all that stuff. You then realize that in order to organize all that stuff you need an organizer. So you purchase more stuff to organize your stuff…
Sound familiar? It’s a cycle of spending money on things and then spending time and money maintaining those things. But what value do those items really add to your life? Plus, I don’t think I’ve ever known a person to be happy when their monthly mortgage payment is due. Nor have I heard a friend say they’d rather stay home and clean the garage out instead of lounging at the beach.
That’s the big draw to living in a tiny home. Many of them are on wheels and can be built for a fraction of the cost of a mortgage. It enables tiny home dwellers to live rent and mortgage-free, spend less time cleaning, and spend more time living life whether it’s spending time with friends and family or traveling around the country.
Now don’t get the wrong idea. Living a minimalist lifestyle or living in a tiny house doesn’t mean you deprive yourself of the things you enjoy. It actually does the opposite. By focusing on getting the things you really need, many find themselves with more time and money to spend on the things they really love to do.
If you’re interested in learning more about minimalism, this article is a great resource. Does the idea of a tiny house intrigue you? There are numerous websites that offer more information and I’m a personal fan of The Tiny Life. The Tiny House Blog always has a great variety of homes that are out there too.
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