Tiny Homes: A Lasting Solution
Tiny Homes are typically 750 square feet or less, and can be as small as 80 square feet. While some may argue that a tiny house must be within a certain square footage, a more meaningful and inclusive discussion asks us to consider not the physical size of the home, but rather what do we actually need to be happy and whether the home is being well used with little wasted space. At a time when huge personal debt and low consumer savings is the norm, living in a smaller footprint can offer the possibility of a transformational lifestyle through living more intentionally, especially for those dealing with the immense pressures of housing insecurity and at risk of homelessness. This unique conscious-living lifestyle provides many lasting benefits both individually and for the greater community. Tiny homes are less expensive to build and maintain, provide mobility when built on a trailer, and yield a reduced environmental impact.
At an individual level to live 'tiny' necessitates taking a closer inventory of our wants and needs. Having a smaller footprint to reside in means that every square foot, every purchase, every want, has to be closely examined. Choosing simplicity with respect to housing offers more time and energy to focus on what really matters - relationships, creative pursuits, travel, time in nature, or whatever is important to the individual. The smaller housing footprint offers the means to be able to live the kind of life one desires, rather than in the rat-race that modern consumer culture tells us is necessary. What is powerful about this is that the tiny house movement offers us a choice. While we might not all decide to go tiny, many are re-evaluating their wants and needs and living more purposefully. This more deliberate living offers the possibility of financial freedom and facilitates overall well-being. Rather than losing something important in living a simpler lifestyle, people gain time, energy, and an overall sense of freedom. The potential impact of individuals embracing the 'tiny house' movement provides a gateway to a more viable economic, socially conscious, and environmentally viable future at the level of community, region, country, and globally.