So, I have become kind of enthralled with tiny houses the past few months. I know the movement has been going on a for a while, and when I first heard about it, I soooort of thought it sounded insane. Or granola-like. However, now after learning more about them and the reasoning for building and living in a home of such little space, it is pretty fascinating.
Our little family has always lived in smaller places (by society’s standards), even now that we own a home. I prefer, it, actually! Less stuff to clean, less room to fill up the house with junk (and, therefore, needing to get rid of things and organize a LOT more frequently), less energy used to heat/cool it… Sometimes, we talk about future homes or surf the internet for what we might buy if we could, and thinking about living somewhere a lot bigger than what we have now almost makes me break out in a sweat. Having a toddler… making messes all over a big house… so much to pick up and disinfect. It’s madness, I tell you!
Even our 1700 square feet of space is MASSIVE compared to these cute little places. Some are around 125-150 square feet. Seriously. I’m amazed at the innovation it takes to create a house that small with storage and room to live day to day. Last night, I finished Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith’s Tiny, a documentary about tiny houses and their quest to build one from the ground up, and I highly recommend it! It’s only a little over an hour long, and it’s a super interesting watch for anyone interested in do-it-yourself, building, or sustainability. It’s available on Netflix right now!
<Small is Beautiful film>
Kind of incredible, right? Now, I would love to say that I could just give up most of my belongings and live in one, but I don’t think that is going to happen. Tiny houses are great from a sustainability standpoint, and it’s pretty stellar that you basically just have to spend enough money to build it or find reclaimed or recycled materials, and then you’re done (bye bye, mortgage!). It seems like most people that are able to do it live by themselves or with a spouse/significant other and maybe a pet or two. Not super realistic for families, unless you add some square footage. However, it is really impressive to see how different people are reducing their carbon footprint, saving money, and focusing on what is most important… those that we spend our lives with and finding joy in the simple things!