The Real Benefits of Tiny Living
Have you ever wondered about tiny homes-or why someone would choose to live in one? Guest poster Molli McGee of the Tiny House Society lets you in on the real benefits of tiny living.
Society has always told us that bigger is better–but is this really this case? Not necessarily. The growing popularity of tiny houses has shown us just how big of a difference downsizing can make in our lives. At no more than 500 square feet, it’s no wonder tiny houses appeal to those who desire a simpler way of living. There are two main categories of tiny houses; tiny houses on wheels and tiny houses on foundations:
Tiny houses on wheels are built securely on a trailer and contain all of the comforts and features of a residential home. Tiny houses on foundations are built similarly to a residential house, but are a fraction of the size.
The concept of living small allows you to focus less on things, and more on what truly matters in life–no matter which style of tiny home you choose. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that come with this style of living.
Arguably one of the biggest draws of living in a tiny house is the freedom that comes with it. Those who own a tiny house on wheels can enjoy a change of scenery whenever they choose. A job change or new school that requires a cross-country move is a lot less stressful when packing isn’t an issue. They say home is where the heart is, and that takes on a whole new meaning when your home is on wheels.
Pro Tip: Be sure to find out your local laws of living small before taking the leap to tiny living!
Kinder on the Environment
A smaller space means less energy consumed to heat or cool. Additionally you’ll realize you have less room for foods that come in heavy plastic packaging, or bulky items that aren’t useful or important to you. A tiny home opens the door for an eco-friendly way of living; it’s easier to be conscious about what you consume when your space is limited.
Kinder on Your Wallet
As housing becomes increasingly scarce and unaffordable, tiny houses offer a cost-effective solution. Fewer materials, faster builds, and less manpower equals lower costs. Not to mention, the lower energy bills that come from powering a smaller space!
Good for your Relationships
Contrary to belief, a smaller space can actually improve your relationships. While it’s always good to be conscious of when you need some space, a tiny house provides the perfect setting for uninterrupted family time. Additionally, a small space encourages communication rather than avoidance. Speaking to your loved one is always better than hiding in separate rooms!
While you may need to clean more often, the time actually spent cleaning will be significantly less. Living in a small space means you need to tidy as you go; never start a new project before cleaning up the first. This sort of mentality allows you to spend more time doing the things you love!
The Takeaway on Tiny Living
Tiny houses are the ideal choice for those who crave simple, intentional living. While living in a tiny house isn’t necessarily for everyone, it’s an excellent option for those who want to live with everything they need and nothing they don’t.
Author: Molli McGee
Molli is a U.S. citizen currently living in Cape Town, South Africa. Aside from writing about tiny houses, Molli loves to be at the beach and eat food (often at the same time). As an avid surfer and beach-goer, she does her best to promote a sustainable way of living.