The age old adage is that bigger isn’t always better, and in this case it rings true on all levels. Instead of aiming for larger living spaces, people are actually downsizing in a big way. Perhaps it’s the exceedingly high costs of living, or the seemingly endless cleaning spaces, or maybe the tax on land, but things are certainly changing. Living small might sound weird at first, but it definitely has its benefits. The tiny house movement is in full swing, find out what it’s all about and how to become an active participant in the movement.
Many individuals have reasons of their own for joining the tiny house nation, but they all seem to have a few major concerns in common: the environment, financial reasons and freedom. In the year 2015 an astounding 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Residents that are a little better off are committing at least half of their weekly income to maintaining a roof over their heads. With this much cash being spent on rent, mortgage, utilities and necessities such as food and clothing, that leaves little left for recreational use. No spare income eliminates freedom and puts a bind on one’s time; no one wants to live like that. Perhaps this is where the idea to live smaller began.
Tiny homes are between 100 and 400 square feet in size, this is significantly less than the average 2600 American house. For those that enjoy living glamorously, moving into a tiny house would probably be a bit of a disappointment. On the other hand, for those that enjoy simple living and being close to nature and don’t mind being self sufficient, it’s the perfect idea. Tiny houses are a great way to get out of the debt that over 70 percent of Americans are stuck in. If “downsizing your house” this means fewer responsibilities, cheaper utility bills and result in less energy being siphoned from the environment for personal use. With less money being spent on bills and the maintenance of a person’s home, it leads to more freedom and time enjoyed with friends and family.
While smaller home plans are fairly new in the public eye, there have been previous advocates of the movement. Well known philosopher and poet Henry David Thoreau did some of his best work from his small, inspirational living space. The Tiny House Movement is ecologically friendly, but has not caught on in a large scale just yet. It is responsible for a rather small percentage of all real estate transactions. The publicity the movement has received on the news, Oprah and Tiny House Nation in the past few years might help the endeavor gain some traction. Though tiny houses are not ideal for large families, it could easily accommodate empty nesters or those who opt to live alone. The Tiny House Movement is meant to save money, boost freedom and help the environment while creating a small and comfortable living space for its residents.