“No one writes about the little white lies that help sell this new, very small American dream.”
– Gene Tempest
Of course you don’t have to live in a tiny home to be a minimalist, but it’s a common dream.
The author of What No One Ever Tells You About Tiny Homes lives in a micro-apartment for financial reasons, not by choice, but it’s a good read for anyone considering dramatically reducing their living space.
“The most striking feature of our small lives,” says Tempest, “is the unavoidable, domineering presence of the plastic laundry hamper originally bought from Target in 2007. Embarrassing, ordinary objects like the hamper are empowered in small spaces; they become tyrants. In a larger home, this perfectly functional item might recede quietly into a closet or laundry room.”
Tempest also says things wear out faster in a smaller space and complains of the way smells permeate everything.
Obviously, there are a lot of people who live in tiny homes (often defined as 500 square feet or less), as well as RVs, and are thrilled with the lifestyle. They acknowledge there are difficulties but feel they’re outweighed by the benefits.
The moral of the story is that you should think carefully about your lifestyle and important possessions before you downsize dramatically.
Where will you keep your dirty clothes until you have time to wash them? Will you have room for all your hobby supplies? Do you love to cook and have specialty equipment like a pasta roller and stand mixer?
You may also want to consider downsizing incrementally. In other words, it might be a bad idea to go from 3000 square feet to 300. You might first want to try a more moderate decrease in size, perhaps to 1800 square feet.