08/01 Tiny living is a learned skill in affordability, shared community, environmental consciousness

Joel Allen's park model RV tiny home

Joel Allen’s park model RV tiny home

I’m not going to wax historic from the get-go, but let’s be real – The Tiny House Movement isn’t new. Americans have just reveled in their spaciousness for so long, striving for mini-mansions, when trends come along championing the idea of less-is-more, in some cases it’s liberating and in some cases people we’ll be treated as whackos.

The migration to less may happen for all kinds of reasons. In some cases, it’s a return to the idea of the return to nature – the cabin life. In other cases, we could call it broke living. If you have a couple bucks in the bank, you can call it – too-much-space living, or as my mother used to say when I was going up in a small house, “You want space? Go outside.”

Reality TV producers lasso the trend and make it squeal drama or eccentricity. Hipsters get a hold on it, taking it to extremes and making you feel terrible if you live in a house larger than a tomato can. Opportunists jump on the bandwagon and create a tiny house bubble, driving up the price for these oversized dollhouses and the products made for them.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t make reality TV shows. Nor am I saying you shouldn’t be passionate about a lifestyle. And by all means, make a buck off it if you can – it’s the American way. What I am saying is don’t be annoying when you doing it..

Tiny living is a learned skill with one foot firmly in affordability, another foot kicking around in a shared community and a head full of environmental consciousness. These same attributes can be found with college students living in dorm rooms.

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Elaine Walker