Lauren, who blogs at Hipstercrite, recently wrote a fairly humorous, yet sarcastic review of the tiny house lifestyle — asking a bunch of good questions, albeit with a bit of a heavy-hand. Apparently the post was good for her blogging career, as it garnered her tons of traffic.
While posts like that are entertaining to a degree, I think they tend to conceal the real value of the whole tiny house thing.
Tiny Houses embody an idea that goes beyond the old less is more notion. They show us that when we choose to dump the baggage & debt, that a new found freedom can emerge. In other words, increased happiness is at the end of the downsizing process for many — and it doesn’t require a tiny home.
I think most folks pick-up on that fairly quickly, especially aftering seeing a tiny house in person; although it can be a little overwhelming to step into such a tiny space. Most folks just can’t imagine living that simply after living large for so long.
Initially they ask a lot of the same questions that Lauren did. But once the initial shock wears off, the benefits jump out quickly.
As far as Lauren’s critique of the glossy idealized photos, stories, and TV shows are concerned… I think they help spread the values of downsizing in a oddly comsumerist-spun kind of way.
So even if you keep your larger home… reducing debt, possessions, and commitments will have a positive impact on your freedom and happiness. Small moves are good too, and someday you might even find yourself so ahead of the game that you can quit your day job and do something silly like blog for a living.
I count myself among the silly by the way.
This post first appeared on Medium.
We have an untold numbers of young 20-25 year old people walk in to our company office and order a trailer for their own tiny house project. What is very moving for us is that it very much resembles the 16 year old kid who worked odd (and crummy) jobs all summer long to save up to buy their first car.
This is just like that… College aged young adults with the foresight to not have high college town rent extorted from them whilst they try to establish themselves in the post high school world, are taking the tiny house movement very much to heart. My wife and I love the opportunity to work with these people to make them homeowners, debt free, or even an entrepreneur by way of the tiny house movement.
The movement is not a fad, as some believe it is, but rather the end of economic slavery, in that the people who make the choice to not become financial worker bees for the establishment for the rest of their working lives. We applaud the courage it takes to make this stand, and the country we live in will be a better place because of the people who become our customers in the tiny house world.