Benefits of a tiny house.
Our house is a smallish house at 1100 square feet. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. For us, it is plenty of space. A few years ago though, I would not have thought so. In Oklahoma we had a 4 bedroom house with a 2 car garage and it was stuffed. Every room and every closet and the whole garage was filled to overflowing. It was overwhelming and difficult for the two of us to keep it clean. I hate to admit it, but our house was constantly cluttered, dusty, and in need of a good cleaning. We had some really nice things, but you couldn’t see it because it was surrounded by junk.
Then we decided to move to Texas. We were moving into my Grandmother’s house. All we were going to get was a bedroom and half of a storage shed. We seriously had to downsize. We didn’t start packing until 2 weeks before we were supposed to move. We kept the stuff that either had real value or a lot of sentimental value (such as family heirlooms). Everything else got donated to local thrift stores. This process helped us eliminate 75% of our stuff. I was concerned that we would feel bad parting with it, or maybe miss it later. Instead, it was a feeling of relief, a breath of fresh air. The stuff that we had left was items that we loved, the dross was gone and it fit nicely in our new house. We can now easily keep the house clean and clutter free.
Our house is a far cry for being considered a tiny house. Tiny houses are less than 500 square feet. But I now understand more of the motivation of people that want to move into these tiny houses. These houses have so many benefits. It is cheaper to build or aquire, thus allowing for a cheaper mortgage or no mortgage at all. You have lower utility costs. It forces you to live with less clutter. It also leaves a smaller footprint and therefore, is better for the environment. If you want to read an article about the benefits of a tiny house, click here.
A trend is starting to develop of people that are downsizing and simplifying their lifestyle in an effort to find peace and happiness. I like the quote above linked article. “Growing up, most of my friends’ parents were never around to enjoy their big houses because they were working to pay for them.” Another blog with a lot of fascinating ideas about tiny houses is http://tinyhouseblog.com/.