I've always been fascinated by small living spaces and simple lifestyles. This fall I looked at my life trajectory and decided that the next step to integrating my values with my day to day lifestyle would be to go small. For me this meant moving into a tiny house.
And by tiny, I mean reeeeeal tiny.
The things that cinched the deal on a tiny house for me were:
- Living intentionally: Every item you have, every decision you make, needs to be consciously considered. Going through your stuff before you move in means letting go of the past. I'm way more sentimental than a lot of people I know, and I like to keep things so that I will remember the good times, or the people I've loved. Like the grandpa in "UP," I'll have to learn that life is lived now, and that there are smaller ways for me to remember the important things in my life.
- Experiences first. Instead of spending your time cleaning or maintaining STUFF, you spend your time and money_ doing THINGS!
- Sustainable lifestyle: Not only are your bills small, but your eco footprint is also super tiny. You even have the option of going all solar, composting and using recycled/reclaimed materials! I read somewhere that the way society lives is unsustainable, and at some point we will collapse. Why not collapse now?
- Never moving: If your house is mobile, you never have to truly move. By that I mean packing up your place, finding a new one in this cutthroat rental/realestate market, pay a deposit, find new places for your stuff... etc. If you move, you just have to find a place to park (which might still be tricky, but still).
This is the lifestyle I've wanted for a long time now... mobile, simple, my own. This process has been interesting so far, and I look forward to sharing what I've learned!