If you follow many blogs or Facebook groups regarding Tiny Houses, you have probably seen the increased discussion regarding the many motives for people going Tiny. Many of these posts criticize builders and buyers that are including many “traditional home” amenities in Tiny Houses. There are some that argue that because of these changes, the movement is no longer true to its roots, but is instead attracting people who don’t really understand the value of going Tiny.
I don’t agree with this assessment. Who cares what YOUR motives are for going Tiny. We all have different lives to live and different priorities. For some, becoming a minimalist and being green are the primary motivating factors to downsize, for others it’s a desire to simplify and live closer to family, still others want the freedom to be mobile. I would argue that for every person who has decided to go tiny, the motivating factors were probably somewhat different. I think it is this diversity that makes this lifestyle amazing.
Reducing our home size and our possessions is a very personal journey. We all have different family sizes and priorities for how we want to use our space. We all have different possessions that are important or not important to us. These choices reflect who we are and what we value. For instance, there are many people who think I am crazy for keeping my bookcase full of books, but to me they add value to my life and I am happy to have them in my space.
As I have said before, my decision to downsize was a reflection of my desire to live more intentionally. That meant aligning my time and money with the things I really enjoyed. My Tiny House has allowed me to reduce my monthly expenditures, save time on cleaning and shopping and has given me more freedom to travel. I did pay a lot for my custom house, but it was well within my means and is helping me achieve my long-term goals. These motives may not resonate with some of you, and that is okay. I think we have to be comfortable with why we are making the decision to downsize.
It is critical to understand what your goals are and why you want to downsize. Be true to who you are and what you value. Take the time to make sure you know how you want to use your space and what things have value to you. Downsizing to a Tiny House is a big lifestyle change, but it can be amazing if you take the time to decide why and how you want to make the change.
Personally, I don’t think there are any wrong motives for going Tiny. As you join in these discussions, remember to be respectful of the decisions of others. Every tiny house journey is going to look different. Many will build, some will buy, some will live off-grid, some will travel and some will only stay tiny for a short time. Some tiny house dwellers will move with families, some will be by themselves, some want the bells and whistles and some want to live a minimalist life. It doesn’t mean that any of these choices is wrong, it just means we are all different.
Remember there are many mini motives! I’d love to hear what makes you excited about going Tiny.