I Want a Tiny House and a Life Worth Living... Not Poverty
I ran across another one of those articles, the ones that claim the tiny house movement is some kind of poverty fetish for rich people, these articles really miss the point. So why do people want tiny houses if they are not turned on by pretending to be poor? Honestly, I'm baffled that anyone thinks that's a thing, poverty fetish? really? I can't speak for everyone, of course, but I can tell you why I want a tiny house.
Some of my Reasons
1. Not being one disaster away from homelessness. Right now we "own" a home, which really the bank owns, and the monthly payments are high and keep us locked into our jobs and fearful of losing them. Tiny houses are much less expensive than typical houses and we might be able to own one outright: NO MORTGAGE. At the very least we'd have payments a fraction of the one we have now.
A smaller footprint on the Earth. Tiny homes require less heating and cooling, use less power, so are easier on our fragile planet. They can often use solar for electricity and a tiny wood stove for heat. They also discourage rampant consumerism because there isn't room for a lot of superfluous stuff. Each purchase tends to be more carefully considered when one has very little space.
Along with a lower/no mortgage, and a smaller impact on the planet, come smaller bills. Less heating and cooling, smaller appliances, less lights and so on, mean less use of electric etc and obviously lower bills.
A life worth living! If our bills are smaller and our space is small enough that cleaning it takes less time and effort, we can spend more time doing the things we actually want to do. We can focus on the things we love instead plodding away at full-time jobs that drain us of our energy and keep us from the things we're passionate about. My husband has a job that eats his life and stresses him out. It's a good job in many ways, and it pays enough that it can't be replaced easily, but he feels somewhat stuck there. We can't meet our bills without it: Golden Handcuffs. ... unless we can find a way to make our bills a lot smaller then he would be free to find something less stressful and more fulfilling. Or he might be able to cut back his hours there and negotiate to keep our health insurance and lessen his stress that way.
I don't want to live in poverty. I've done that, it isn't a great place to be, it's stressful and difficult. I want to live a simpler life, with less Stuff, lower bills, less stress, and more time for doing things I enjoy with people I love. A tiny house, with it's lower cost, lower bills, and less upkeep would give my family more Choices. We might be able to vacation more than once a decade, not panic about vet bills if one of the cats or the dog gets ill, help out others who are struggling, use our free time to learn and master skills we've always admired in others but never had time to get into, and so on.
If we have lower bills we don't have to feel as trapped by our employment, as tied down to living in an expensive area, our bosses don't own us so totally if we know we can happily get by on a fair bit less than our current income and have actually been able to put money aside each month growing an emergency fund. We are after Freedom and that life worth living that stays tantalizingly out of reach for far too many people.