The tiny house movement is an architectural and social movement that centers around living life simply in a small home.
A few months ago, I fell deep into the home decor hole on YouTube and then stumbled upon the most amazing channel, the god of all home decor gods, NEVER TOO SMALL. This channel has the most mesmerizing series featuring tiny homes all across the globe that are redefining what it means to be sustainable. The tiny house movement is an architectural and social movement that centers around living life simply in a small home. The typical ‘tiny house’ is between 100 to 400 square feet. Many people associate tiny homes with single cabin-like homes in the middle of nowhere. This is definitely common, as many people who live ‘the tiny life’ are often nature-lovers but now tiny homes and apartments are popping up outside big cities or are filling previously abandoned apartment buildings.
NEVER TOO SMALL includes many renovations of old apartment buildings into new, usable, and desirable tiny apartments. This helps the environment because these buildings were empty as they were so old. But now, instead of spending time and resources to build more housing, tenants can live in this redone space. Our world population is ever growing, and cities are incredibly crowded. The tiny house movement also has the potential to provide a solution to homelessness by redoing vacant spaces for those who need a place to stay to get back on their feet. The tiny house movement is truly offering a new solution to age-old problems: make homes out of anything you can and make that home promote a sustainable lifestyle.
See, once you live in a tiny home, your lifestyle naturally becomes more sustainable. There’s not a lot of room to store items so you will begin to buy less unnecessary products. A lot of times, furniture is tucked away into storage units just to free up space! Also, these homes often have shared washing rooms, no dishwashers, and depend on solar energy. Because the place is so small, in general it just has a smaller carbon footprint. As a bonus, since many of these homes are very carefully throughout-out, their infrastructure is both versatile and beautiful! Living in a tiny home is rethinking how you live in the first place!
What also intrigued me about this movement was the room for adventure. Tiny homes aren’t as big of an investment as a normal sized home and so they aren’t as much of a commitment either. Regular homeowners spend so much on their house that traveling isn’t always feasible. But the bills are smaller with a smaller home, leaving more money to use for travel! Also, because you would own less things, traveling from place to place would be much easier.
Overall, I just love the philosophy behind ‘the tiny life.’ Many of us grow up with this idea that we should live large and that our worth is based on how much stuff we own. I think tiny homes are just one way to undo that mentality. Still, the movement isn’t perfect. It’s a big shift to go from living in a normal house to sharing a less than 400 square foot place, especially if you have children. It can also take time to find the tiny home for you, as they aren’t as common as huge suburban neighborhoods. But there is something beautiful about molding our entire home lifestyle around sustainability, the environment, and adventure. The tiny house movement is truly about caring enough to change everything we’ve dreamed of into a dream that serves the future of our planet.