Should You Downsize to Live More Sustainably?
I’ve lived in Houston the past few years, and I’m not sure if it’s the whole “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” way of life but the houses here are gigantic. This city is filled with egregious mansions. However, what’s more disturbing in my opinion is that in my neighborhood, beautiful tiny bungalows, full of history, are being removed to make room for even MORE over sized homes. Which makes me wonder, is bigger actually better? Are bigger homes necessary?
I’m no stranger to downsizing. I used to live in a comfortable two bedroom, two bathroom apartment on the north side of Houston. Two years ago, I moved closer to the city into a tiny yellow bungalow (hence the blog name). It’s taken a lot of getting used to these past two years. I’ve had to learn the importance of needs and wants, because with 550 square feet of space, there’s no room for superfluity.
In the past few years, there has been a popularity in downsizing that I would never have expected. The tiny house movement is an interesting demonstration of the differences in wants and needs. These tiny home owners are anti-consumerists and albeit a bit extreme, they really show how we can positively effect our environment and personal well being by letting go of so many material things.
Have a look at this link from sharedpower.com to see some examples of really beautiful and sustainable tiny homes!
—Rationale Behind Tiny Homes—
I think one of the main reasons people opt for a tiny home is that they are environmentally conscious and are interested in lowering their footprint on the Earth. TinyHouseBuild.com demonstrates this in a really concise style, check out this link. Because tiny houses are smaller, we need less materials and energy to build these homes. Also the physical size is smaller so there’s less effect on land space.
The other enticing aspect of tiny living is financial freedom. In choosing to live in a little home, mortgages and rental payments are nonexistent. You only have to pay for the cost of your tiny home, which is much much less than conventional homes. Even more appetizing is the fact that without the burden of house payments, you have the financial freedom to use your money elsewhere perhaps for travelling in your mobile tiny home! I really like this image by thetinylife.com:
**I recommend watching the documentary TINY: A Story About Living Small. You can find this film on Netflix. It follows two young people and their journey to build their very own tiny home.**
So what do you think? Should You Downsize to Live More Sustainably?
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