What is Tiny Living like?

I like to ask people what surprises them about their recent experience.  Partly, this seems to illicit more thoughtful responses than “What did you like/dislike?”.  It also leads to assumption checking on the interviewee’s part.  Causing the reflection “What did i think was going to happen that did not?”

As seen from outside

As seen from outside

When i asked Emily May what she was surprised by when she moved into her tiny house in Eugene, she thought for quite a while.  “When i first lived here, i was staying with my best friend and it made me think ‘Perhaps this would be too small to live in with a partner'”.

Emily May and blogger in dorm folding chair.

Emily May and blogger in dorm folding chair.

But besides this her reviews were quite positive.  She praised the design, the functionality of the stove, the ability for a single person to have all the room the needed in this 7.5′ by 18′ footprint.

Regardless of it's beauty, is small the future?

Regardless of it’s beauty, is small the future?

She also talked about the power of cleaning.  Because the space is so small, it is quick to clean, and the effect is pervasive.  It kept her materialistic desires in check, since there are not many places to put things.  She had acquired a collection of various sized pillows which replace classical living room furniture.  Over all she was quite pleased with her tiny house experience.

But what is the Tiny House Movement about?  I stole this text from the blog TinyLife.com:

What are Tiny Houses? The Tiny House Movement? Tiny Living?

Simply put it is a social movement where people are downsizing the space that they live in. The typical American home is around 2600 square feet, while the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms but they focus on smaller spaces and simplified living.

People are joining this movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons are because of environmental concerns, financial concerns and seeking more time and freedom.  For most Americans 1/3 to 1/2 of their income is dedicated to the roof over their heads; This translates to 15 years of working over your life time just to pay for it and because of it 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

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a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

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