Despite people’s best intentions, understanding lifestyles that run outside the “herd” can be met with some, well, we’ll call it intrigued confusion. I think anyone who has built, is building, or has big dreams to build a tiny home can agree that the idea behind them is not just one, single, sole idea or purpose at all. The benefits and value are multi faceted.
One of the reactions I get most often when explaining to people unfamiliar with the tiny house movement (besides…”huh?”) is something along the lines of “…at least it will be a nice little starter place for you guys until you get on your feet”. No, sweet sir and ma’am, I am on my feet. I run, walk, and kick ass on them every single day.
One of the biggest misconceptions about choosing voluntary simplicity, specifically when it comes to your housing, it the assumption that it is because, only because, you are financially required in some sense to do so.
Now, don’t get me wrong, a large part of my mission is to eliminate my debt and majorly reduce my spending/costs…and true, this past year or two with a little girl in tow my bank accounts have seen much better days. However, these are choices I made. Intentionally (gasp).
It is what I want. Like some people dream of McMansions, I dream of my perfect tiny home on wheels. Because that tiny house on wheels represents the real dream- of owning my life and my future:
- I won’t owe the bank for my house, or Home Depot for the materials that built it.
- I won’t waste 9 hours, 5 days a week (or more) at a job I feel runs me to support it.
- I won’t be one of the 80% of single moms who miss so many precious moments with their children for work so they can all afford to live in it.
- I won’t spend the American average of 13 hours per week cleaning it.
- I won’t dispose the average 30 pounds of trash per week while minimally consuming in it.
- I won’t have the average three figure electric bill to power it.
I will, however…
- Be able to live where I want. (For me- the wanderluster, this is huge)
- Leave a minimal footprint on our earth.
- Consume less to fill it.
- Have more time and finances to explore outside of it.
- Stick it to the man. Find time for all the things I’m passionate about and never work a because-I-have-to job again.
- Own it. 100%.
- Less clutter, less stress.
- Have a little more time and flexibility to spend with baby girl. And really, what is more important than that?
I wanted to make it clear that tiny homes and voluntary simplicity is for all levels of income, and for people at all stages in their lives.
For me personally, tiny is not a home- it’s a lifestyle. It represents everything I want our lives to be; To focus on what I love to do not what I feel I must do. To be free of clutter so there is more time for life. To continually reduce my impact on the earth and become more self-sufficient to take care of our own essential needs. To be free.
It’s all in perspective after all.
My favorite quote by Nadine Stair: