There is tremendous interest today in cutting back on the unnecessary, whether it’s the space a person lives in or just clutter in general. We have many things in our everyday lives that are somewhat unnecessary for example, is a mixer really needed or can that mixture in the bowl be stirred with a spoon like our grandparents did?
The movement to live in a smaller space is not just due to economic reasons; many are choosing to do so because of their concern for the environment. Smaller buildings means less materials used to build the structure, and less room for furniture. The lot size for a smaller home is usually smaller than a traditional lot, and if your home has wheels you can move it when and where you please. A smaller home also means it is more energy efficient than a traditional sized home. Many who choose to live in an environmentally friendly smaller home will also choose eco-friendly appliances, cutting back on the energy used to run these appliances. Appliances such as composting toilets, electric or propane toilets that incinerate waste, and dual use washer-dryer appliances can save on monthly costs as well as being more energy efficient. Furniture is most often dual use, such as nesting tables, and a dining table that can serve as a desk and a coffee table.
Of course, money is a factor as well. With everyone trying to cut back and save where they can, living in a cost friendly home becomes quite attractive. First off, the cost of a smaller home is much less than a traditional sized home, which may mean that someone wishing to purchase the smaller home can do so with cash on hand instead of dealing with a monthly mortgage. The average home costs approximately $272,000 dollars and with the interest rate on a 30-year mortgage coupled with the costs of maintenance and repairs the house will end up costing over $1 million dollars! Those choosing a tiny home are over 75% more likely to own their home outright as opposed to those owning traditional homes. Monthly heating and cooling costs which make up the most costly part of monthly home bills will be much less on a smaller home.
Those who choose to live the tiny lifestyle can usually sock away more money in the bank towards emergency savings or a retirement fund than those living in a larger home. A large percentage of those living in a tiny home are debt free compared to their large-home owning friends, who normally have mountains of credit card and other debt.
Homes are not the only thing seeing a shift in size; tiny camper trailers are making a comeback as well. Introduced during the 1930’s as a do-it-yourself project, the teardrop camper is a small gem that can be pulled by smaller vehicles such as a motorcycle or new beetle. They can sleep two comfortably with a couple of small storage spaces for gear. Older models have a fold out area in the back with storage space for a cook top and cooler and newer models can come equipped with refrigerators, sinks and water storage.
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