There’s only so much you can fit into 150 square feet, so living tiny means choosing what you’re going to let go of, and what you’re going to keep.
Fortunately, less things means less time spent cleaning, less objects for your brain to keep track of, less dishes that can pile up in the sink, less laundry to wash, less time searching for lost items (though, with my propensity for losing things, living tiny might not actually help that much…).
The average home in the US is 2,598 square feet. Isn’t that a little nuts considering that the average US household size is 2.58?
Having a small and carefully-planned space means that you’ll be spending less on water, electricity, and heating, not to mention property taxes (because most tiny homes are on wheels, they are technically trailers). The less money you need to make, the easier it is to get away from working for the man. The less time you spend working for the man to pay for your lifestyle, the more time you get to spend in the company of people you love, working on personal projects, and enjoying the shit out of the crazy beautiful world that we live in.
From another perspective, tiny houses are also more affordable for those with little resources. A growing number of organizations, for example, are starting to build tiny house villages as an affordable and dignity-affording way of housing the homeless.
So you’ve got incentive to go outside and experience people, mother nature, and all that good stuff.
A tiny house means a tiny carbon footprint, especially if your house is off-grid.
In the US, our lifestyle is essentially supported by the exploitation of people all around the globe. Take away the demand for unnecessary consumer goods (and giant houses), and you can take away the engine that drives inequality worldwide. Stop buying products that use GMOs, and you take power away from the agribusinesses that are forcing small farmers out of work here and worldwide.
Live with less so that everyone can live with more. Remember that we live in a world in which everything is inherently interconnected. Or, as Sonmi-451 put it:
Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present. And by every crime and by each kindness, we birth our future.
I’d agree with that.
But really, if you need to move, your home can come with you. Like a snail, only better.
(or, as we were joking at a meeting, if you need alone time at the tiny house community, just roll yourself to the other side of the property for a bit.)
Lots of people who live in tiny houses built them themselves, and many had little background in construction beforehand. Now is the time for the DIY revolution; we can do so much more than our society leads us to believe.
Building a tiny house forces you to engage directly with the process of living. What really constitute human needs? Where does all your water and energy come from? Do the possessions that you choose to bring into your house bring you joy? What is your impact on the world? Take responsibility for the way you live, and reap the benefits of presence and connection.