Posted by Rebecca
What about 250-square-feet? Or 360, or 450?
Several of my friends and I have made the leap. I live in a palatial 450 square feet, while one of my friends lives with her husband in around 400 square feet, another is with her husband in 360, and another with her son in a little over 300. One of my single friends shares her 232 square foot 5th wheel with her chubby cat.
How do we do it? Organization, practice, and learning to live with less. Why do we do it? This article from yahoo.ca mentions 4 great reasons:
Low (or no) mortgage. ‘This can be freeing both financially and personally. “My life is less expensive, which gives me more time to enjoy it,” says one of the individuals interviewed. He uses his extra free time hiking, writing songs, building guitars, and growing food in a small garden.’
A few of my neighbors found their trailers for free (yes, free!), paid for renovations as they made them, and are left with no house payment, just a small monthly space rent. I paid $5,000 for my trailer, and put about $4,000 into it. Pretty cheap for a lovely home!
Lower utility costs. ‘Tiny house dwellers have several options for utilities. Those who are eco-conscious appreciate not just the lower utility costs but the smaller environmental impact. Electricity or a water heater that is fueled from a solar panel can be a great option.’
If you don’t have the resources for solar energy, electricity and water can still be very inexpensive in a small home. My electric bill is around $20 in the summer and $80 in the winter.
Trailers often use propane as an energy source. This can be affordable for cooking appliances, but may run a little high for furnaces. For this coming winter I’ve decided to stop using my central heat, which is run on propane and can be extremely expensive in the cold months. After a lot of research I’ve decided on an infrared heater. Here’s hoping it does the trick. I’ll keep you posted.
Less clutter. ‘A smaller living space pushes the homeowners to cut down on their possessions, but that means they have fewer belongings to maintain and spend less time searching for lost items. “It’s amazing, we just don’t need all that room or that much stuff,” says another individual, who’s previously lived on a sailboat. Another says, “I’m still winnowing my belongings down, but that is a liberating process.”
‘Unlike a huge house with endless rooms to fill, a small home acts as a deterrent for buying more stuff. Everything in a tiny space has to be functional.’ If it’s not, see if you can part with it.
Financial freedom. We all know people who are never around to enjoy their big houses because they are constantly working to pay for them. Just think of all the free time you would have if your cost of living was greatly reduced, and you didn’t have to work so hard to pay for it!
Be sure to check out the full article here. Some of these tiny home inhabitants have even found a way to live without electricity or running water…. But let’s not go crazy now, I’m not quite ready to give up hot showers or my flat iron!