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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