Friday, November 21, 2014

Pros and Cons of Going Tiny

A few days ago, my husband and I watched a documentary titled Tiny. The story follows a young couple in Colorado and their journey to build a Tiny Home. I found the idea of downsizing to a space that was less than 1,000 square feet and interesting and challenging idea. 
Some of the pros to living in a tiny home are of course the cost. On average it takes around $32,000 to build a Tiny Home, the average home was sold at $188,900 according to an article in Huffington Post published in March 2014. Having to move into a smaller space also helps eliminate clutter. You have to really decide what you can’t live without and get rid of the rest. Living in a smaller space with less surface area than your typical apartment or house also helps with spending. That pretty 72 inch flat screen may look really nice, but where are you going to put it? If your home is on wheels, many of them are, you can take your home anywhere. You can travel and see the world with ease. Also, having a smaller space means less cleaning and more time spent doing thing you love. From a sustainable living standpoint living in a Tiny Home shrinks your environmental footprint tremendously. 

The cons that I have found after doing some research are the space is very tiny, hence the name, living with a spouse in a tiny home gives you no personal space. Also, if you are a pet person, tiny homes really aren’t the best place to live with a pet because of the tight quarters its hard enough to fit another person. Storage because of the small space is very minimal. Even though the way the storage is set up in some homes it’s pretty cool there is very little you really have to pare down your belonging. Not only is there no personal space in the main part of the house but the bathroom situation… not exactly ideal. 

There are some great pros to living in a tiny home and a few hang ups. It’s a lifestyle I think is very respectable. I’d love to know of ways to live the lifestyle of tiny home dwellers in my traditional home.