“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann
Last week we mentioned a little thing called Minimalism as a way to declutter our lives to make room for what matters. If you haven't checked it out, take a look! This week we are taking a peek into tiny homes that may be small, but have a huge impact for our personal lives and planet.
What Is A Tiny Home?
Any home structure that measures under 400 square feet is considered to be a tiny home. That’s much smaller than the detached single-family home in North America that measures, on average, 2,600 square feet.
The beautiful thing about tiny homes is that they’re also mobile, which means that you can either place them on a solid foundation on your own lot or they can travel with you wherever you want to go. This is a perfect solution for some of our nomadic Peachers who are on the go.
As many as 66% of tiny home dwellers have no credit card debt. Addition to that, 69% don’t have a mortgage payment. And with an average of $23,000, self-built tiny homes are much cheaper and nicer than traditional homes in that price range and are designed to last long.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint:
Tiny homes are extremely efficient and use much less energy to heat and cool. By reducing the space you live in, you can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 36%. Since your Tiny House is going to be small, you can make a lot of it out of recycled, repurposed, and salvaged materials. In addition, to make your house look cool and unique, it also saves the number of new materials from being made.
Tiny home living allows you to experience this minimalist lifestyle for the simple reason that you’ll no longer have room for all those possessions you had room for in a larger house.
Living in a small house allows you to simplify your entire life and live much more efficiently with less, with each item in your tiny home having a specific and functional purpose.
Reconnect With Nature:
With less room to do things inside your tiny home, you’ll be inspired to do more outside. Whether it’s being more active outdoors or pursuing hobbies, small home living encourages you to get out and focus more on your lifestyle.
The idea of tiny living can seem quite attractive to those looking to simplify our hectic lives and get back to what matters. A tiny home experience is as unique to each owner's needs, therefore very customizable for a cool, sustainable crib (with less to clean, woo!).
Before considering switching from a traditional housing situation to a tiny one, we recommend these few tips:
Test out a small space like a tiny Airbnb to realize how tiny is tiny.
Donate, Donate, & Donate. Now's the time to consider what adds purpose to your life and what you can live without.
Do your research! Whether you buy, rent, or design a tiny house make sure it will accommodate your needs.
Take time to adjust. Moving into a new, smaller space will take time to get comfortable. Relax and enjoy the journey!
Are you convinced yet? I am!