Have you ever wondered why some people are considering and acting on the idea of living in a tiny house? You might question, “What are they thinking… it’s a fad.” This movement continues to grow; most people who choose this lifestyle all have different reasons.
What almost all of them have in common is this one simple word and it’s called, freedom. Don’t you just love that word it speaks volumes and for me it’s like fresh air after a spring rain.
Why Robert and I went Tiny
For Robert and I we decided we didn’t want our lives to be weighed down by our stuff. For twenty years we focused all our energy on family and once the nest emptied it came time to think about what we wanted. We had several thoughts, ideas and goals, they included the following:
- Move further out
- Find more land with a smaller house
- Decrease Tax base
- Decrease utilities or eliminate and go off grid
If you’re looking at that list of goals you might notice a common thread, we like simple, quiet living. Somewhere in our planning we wondered if other people our age were seeking the same thing or something similar.
When we dove deeper into our plans we always went back to that key word, freedom…
I thought about our faith and the days when Christ roamed the land…. He didn’t even have a home and went from city to city by foot. Which made me wonder, if we’re to be more Christ like then what are we doing collecting all this stuff?
This is when things really started to click because I realized our stuff was tying us down. I wasn’t going to go grab a pair of sandals and start walking from town to town to preach but I know in my heart if more people released themselves from their mass of possessions their faith would also grow. If you’ve downsized at all you can probably understand what I’m saying…
In Matthew 19 – 21 it says,
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
For Robert and I going tiny is a little deeper than most but yet nestled within a simple word…. freedom!
Reasons Other People Go Tiny
The following is a list of reasons why many people choose tiny living and it’s pretty remarkable because most are very practical.
- Minimize to maximize lifestyle = Freedom Seekers
- Save Money
- Decrease carbon footprint
- Investment = Great rental properties
- Travel = Take it with you like an RV
- Vacation Home = Park on your land and visit on the weekends
Could you go Tiny?
The question of the day, “Could you go Tiny? Two years ago, I would have said no way… Now days when the subject of living Tiny is brought up around Robert and I most people get really quiet. We hear things like, “I could never do that or my spouse would never go for it.” My favorite would be, “That’s interesting!” I would agree it’s really interesting and believe me it’s not for everyone, just like it’s not for everyone to live in a 2,300- square ft. house.
Did you also know that 2,300 Sq. Ft. is the standard size of a home?
If you’re seeking some of the things I shared then living tiny might be something to consider for the future because 399 square feet is a lot bigger than you think. Tiny Houses come in all shapes and sizes and don’t forget it’s all about freedom…