Tiny Homes – Minimalist, Frugal…And Radical
Tiny homes are, of course, nothing new. The phenomenon of living in as small a place as possible dates back to the Mongolian yurts of 1000 BC.
Living with simplicity enables you to focus on other areas of your life, and get away from the modern need to feel involved with consumerism. As Very Well Mind rightly asserts, there is a link between cleaning, clutter, and mental health. Tiny homes require less cleaning in a practical sense, but also in terms of mental clutter. Fewer belongings result in fewer things to worry about, and they impart a sense of gratefulness and positivity about the importance of the few belongings you do have. It’s the perfect counter to the hollowness consumerism sometimes imparts.
The real estate boom of 2021 has benefited some, but has been to the detriment of many others. CBS News estimates that homes in 4 out of 10 US counties are now unaffordable to the average American, with costs rising to roughly $350,000 on average. By contrast, tiny homes are often cheaper than the deposit alone of a larger house, and are sustainable, too. They have lower lifetime costs and can, in many cases, be moved around the country at a whim. There are associated land taxes, but they would need to be paid for a brick and mortar property, too. Tiny homes offer real frugality and an alternative to the inflated market.
A radical alternative
Tiny homes have also been marked as ‘radical’, and there’s a good reason behind that. A recent Architectural Digest noted how, in many communities, tiny homes have been radical. They have provided stable and sustainable housing for homeless people, people recovering from addiction, and vulnerable groups needing protection from harm. Tiny homes are providing new foundations for people who may be unsupported otherwise, and who cannot access the real estate market in its current state. Their relatively low impact also helps to make these developments sustainable and scalable, creating a truly radical alternative for families up and down the country.
Tiny homes aren’t a sign of the times. They’re a response to it. They offer an alternative to all of the problems that have been impacting American would-be homeowners, and creating a real estate market that benefits the homeowner. It’s a new wave in American living and it’s something to cherish.