I adore tiny houses. They’re cheap, low maintenance, sustainable, and serve as excellent deterrents against excessive consumerism. Because there’s limited storage space, I’m forced to closely monitor my purchases and eschew needless stuff. It helps me become a minimalist in the truest sense of the word.
A tiny house is the ultimate symbol of freedom, because it doesn’t enslave us with time consuming maintenance costs or a steep mortgage. It takes care the basic need for shelter and my desire to form roots and a sense of community without it being a source of stress. I hate the the feeling of attachment to material things, because I don’t like having to worry about inanimate objects getting lost in a fire or some unforeseen disaster. Leave the precious trinkets and expensive things in a museum where they can be enjoyed and admired by more people.
Francine Jay once had her house burglarized while she & her husband were away, and because there was literally nothing expensive around, the thief didn’t have anything to steal. What a liberating feeling! You can go anywhere you want without having to worry about the contents of your house, which allows you to totally immerse yourself in the whole travel experience.
I’m fiercely independent and private, which is why I prefer not to have household help living in my home. A small house doesn’t give me a reason to hire a full time helper. I grew up in a large home with multiple families, and it necessitated having helpers doing the chores. It was a luxury I’m grateful for, but I also remember the headaches of losing jewelry, not knowing where my things are, and being too dependent on strangers to do simple house maintenance.
A small home also challenges our creativity and allows it to flourish. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? I love the ingenuity of people who document their tiny houses, like this family of five living in a lovely 62 square meter home, or this gorgeous 18 square meter home entirely built from scratch by the owner, or this inspiring 12 square meter mobile home. They didn’t let space constraints get in the way of creating a beautiful home to make wonderful memories in.
Lovely 18 Square Meter Home via Minimotives.
Gorgeous 62 Sq M home via Assortment.
I happen to think there’s nothing sexier than living within your means. Calvin Coolidge has a better way of putting it:
“There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means.”
What do you like about tiny houses?