Tiny Home Living – Is this the way of the future? Part 4

This is my final post of 4 installments entitled “Tiny Home Living – Is this the way of the future?”

Over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about Tiny Homes, their benefits and drawbacks, their impact on housing, and just a general overview on them.  I also thought about my own housing situation.  I myself do not live in a Tiny Home.  However, I do live in 1 room (+ sunroom) in a 100-year-old house.  My reasoning….to save some money so I could buy a home.  A typical home.  Now I do have access to other parts of the home – dining room, kitchen, living room etc.  But the majority of my time, while I’m at home, is spent in my room.  I’ve lived here for just over 3 years (the longest I have lived in one location since I was 18 years old) and I love living here.  Now I unfortunately have a storage unit (which I’ve rented for 3 years).  During the last 3 years, I have rarely gone to the storage unit to retrieve items that I need for my current living situation.  There is furniture from my living room, dining room, second bedroom, and office.  I know it’s such a waste of money.  So, I have said to myself that I need to downsize and eliminate the extraneous items in that unit.   However, that will be for another post in the future.  But I digress.

So, as I was thinking about my own situation, a thought popped into my head.  I probably use about 10-20% of the space in the 100-year-old home and I probably only use about 40-50% of my own personal items (the rest is in storage).  That means that I have an enormous amount of stuff.  Stuff that needs to be disposed of in some manner.  Since attending the Tiny Home Festival, I have felt this need to declutter, to reduce, and to eliminate what doesn’t fit in with my current lifestyle.  It’s been a big task to undertake but one that is definitely needed.

As humans we typically wear our few preferred clothing items, we typically use the same selfcare products, and we typically use the same types of personal items.  So why do we have all this stuff and why do we need all this space to house it?  Tiny Homes provide an encouraging start to accomplish this.

So here is my summary of Tiny Homes:

Benefits of living in a Tiny Home:

  • Less space to have to clean
  • Less space to heat up/cool down and therefore lower bills
  • Lower taxes
  • Not location dependent (you could potentially live anywhere where Tiny Homes are allowed)
  • Fewer materials needed to keep up with the maintenance of the home
  • In most cases, it’s cheaper to purchase a Tiny Home than a typically-sized home
  • It encourages to you to buy less and save more
  • Gives you the freedom to not be “mortgage-poor”
  • Encourages you to appreciate the items you treasure the most
  • Allows you to spend more time with loved ones (not having to spend hours cleaning)
  • Allows you to live a simpler life
  • You only buy what you need
  • Encourages you to live creatively (you need to think outside the “box”)
  • YouTube allows the average person to create and build (and fix when needed) your own home
  • Encourages you to create your own space
  • Everything has its place
  • Everything has a purpose – you only have what you need
  • You can expand to include the great outdoors in your living area
  • Encourages you to spend more time outdoors (which is a great benefit!)
  • Encourages the “less is more” attitude


Challenges of living in a Tiny Home:

  • You might have the same problem that I do…too much stuff and not enough space to store it
  • Not all communities are welcoming to Tiny Homes (whether with wheels or with a foundation structure)
  • It might be difficult for some people who have physical impairments (poor balance, walking and climbing up stairs is difficult)
  • It might not be appropriate for people who tend to not like being in small spaces
  • Forces you to keep only what is necessary and treasured
  • Depending on the design, it may not be suitable for children of a younger age


So, are Tiny Homes the way of the future?  I truly believe that with time, Tiny Homes will become more of a commonplace occurrence and will be more accepted in more areas.  The challenges that Tiny Homes face now will only be changed with the continuing push from advocates (and the average person) who wants to live a different and more simpler lifestyle.  Although Tiny Homes are not for everyone, they certainly provide suitable housing options for many.

Check out the following video of The Tiny Home Festival in Florida 2017:

Tiny Homes Festival Florida 2017

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