Recently, I’ve been completely enthralled by the idea of living in a tiny house – more specifically, a tiny house on wheels. These houses come in different shapes and sizes, but tiny mobile houses are generally between 100-200 square feet. I know. It’s small. So, why would I want to live like that? Oh, let me tell you…
For starters, did you know that the average size of a newly built home in America is 2,679 square feet? Despite the fact that the American family is shrinking, our need for space is growing exponentially. In fact, the average home size has increased by over 1,000 square feet in the last 40 years, and it works out to be an average 1,054.7 square feet per person. Incredible. And what for? Why do we need so much space?
The answer: material possessions. Don’t get me wrong – I’m guilty of it, too. I have a closet full of dresses and sweaters and shoes that I don’t wear. We have boxes of god-knows-what stored away in our closet that we don’t bother to unpack, but also don’t bother to sort and donate. My makeup collection could beautify an army. Worst of all, we have an incredibly spacious dining room with a solid walnut table and chairs that I just had to have, and guess how many times we’ve used it? I’ll give you a hint: Not enough.
It got me thinking, why am I doing this? Why are things important to me? Here’s the rub: I have a bit of a split personality. I envy friends of mine who get to travel. Just drop everything and go. Explore the world. Explore your own country. Take a road trip. I envy them. But, then… the other part of me loves creature comforts. I’m a homebody. I’d miss my bed. I’d miss my kitchen. I wouldn’t feel at home. So, what then – lightbulb– if I could have both? With a tiny house, I could. It appeals to both sides of me.
If that isn’t enough, here are some of the perks of building your own tiny house.
- Rent/mortgage-free lifestyle. Depending on how extravagant you want to go, you can build your own tiny house for relatively cheap. Let’s say, between $15k-30k. You own it! Maybe you’ll be repaying a loan for a bit, but you won’t be paying rent and it’s much cheaper than average-sized homes.
- Mobility. Although some tiny houses are not mobile, you have the option of building your tiny home on wheels. Imagine the freedom of being able to pick up and go at a moment’s notice?
- Environmentally friendly. Reduce your carbon footprint. Use less energy, water, and gas. Use composting toilets. Power your home with solar panels. The list goes on and on…
- Minimize your life. Find out what’s really important to you and get rid of everything else. No clutter in your home, no clutter in your life. Keep the essentials. Minimizing allows you to do the things that you love more often.
- Low costs. Smaller is cheaper. Less building costs, less energy used, less material possessions bought. Start using your money for experiences instead of things.
I don’t know about you, but I’m in love. Maybe I’ll be blogging from my very own tiny house in a few years. Until then, I’ll be here daydreaming.