If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I have touched on tiny living on multiple occasions. In an early SavvyRecommendation, my first look at tiny living was A Juxtaposition in Choosing a Home where I looked at two different documentaries released in 2012, one about a super McMansion, The Queen of Versailles, and one about tiny living, We the Tiny House People.
Recently, when talking about minimalism in the blog post, Destination Minimalism, I noted, “It [minimalism] does not mean living in an impossibly small house. While I appreciate the advantages of living in a tiny home, occasionally watch – and find quite interesting – the show Tiny House Nation on the FYI network, and have even offered a couple tiny living documentaries as SavvyRecommendations, living in a tiny house – say less than 1,000 sq. ft. – just wouldn’t work for me, even though at this point in my life it is just me and the wife. We need a little more room to be comfortable and possess the things that are important to us.
The topic of tiny living and tiny homes was recently brought back into my consciousness because of something my wife said earlier today and a couple of my fellow bloggers. We’ll get back to my wife, but first my fellow bloggers.
I was recently reading a post over at Two Cup House, home to Claudia and Garrett, when I remembered they live in a tiny house, 536 sq. ft. to be exact. I had visited their site just after visiting Think Save Retire, where Steve was talking about the launch of a new blog, A Streamin Life. On the new blog’s home page he notes, “One week from today our family will move into our Airstream Charlie and begin our lives as Full Time RVers…well kinda. We’ll still own our home(s). The house we live in now will go on the market on April 4th. The other has renter’s until August and then it too will be sold. In the meantime we will be living in the Airstream at a local KOA learning the ins and outs of tiny living while still working our full-time jobs.”
Now, back to my wife. While stumbling through Pinterest, she came across a couple of articles that discussed the downside of Tiny Living. In fact, some of the people, for various reasons, had moved back into regular sized homes. She shared those links with me. There is Living In Tiny Homes Was Much Harder Than These People Realized and A Pint-Sized Nightmare: Five Couples Speak Out About Tiny Home Horrors.
There are generally three things that always come to mind when I see a show or documentary about tiny homes and tiny living. First, compost toilets are out. Forget about it! Second, I don’t like the idea of the need to move something, reconfigure the furniture, every time I need to conduct a different activity in the house. As an example, repositioning chairs and lowering a table into place every time I wanted to eat would drive me crazy. Third, I see these couples with kids, more than I would have imagined, that move into tiny homes. That might work if there is only one and when they are young. But what about if there is more than one and as they grow older, they – heck, everyone – needs more room and privacy?
A quick read through the two articles revealed issues and concerns similar to mine, as well as many more. I plan to continue following Claudia and Garrett and I plan to check in periodically with Steve to see how the tiny living experience goes.
What are your thoughts on tiny living? Is it for you, why or why not?