I live in a relatively small New York City apartment with my husband, three children, and our cat. As my kids grow, the space seems to get smaller and smaller, so it's not a big surprise that I have recently become fascinated by the tiny home (or micro-home) movement consisting of people who are drastically downsizing to simplify and save energy and money. A typical American home is about 2,500 square feet, but these a tiny homes are anywhere from 50 to 500 square feet.
Now to be honest, when I watched this video of Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny Houses give a tour of his 89-square-foot home and imagined my rambunctious children, I started getting hives. But there is something simple and beautiful about his home that intrigues me. I also loved a separate video in which Dee Williams speaks about her conscious decision to “smart size” her life and move into her 84-square-foot home on wheels in Olympia, Washington.
Even though not all of us could live this extremely, I do think there is an important message to be learned from this movement. Do we really need all the stuff and space that we have?
If you want to learn more about tiny homes, here are some websites I found interesting:
- TumbleWeed Tiny House Company
- Tiny House Blog
- Small House Style
- Not So Big House
- Tiny A Story About Living Small
- The Tiny Life
Could you live in a tiny home? And if you do already, please send some pictures. I want to see what it looks like!
Francesca Olivieri is co-founder of sage baby, an online eco-friendly baby store offering everything from organic clothes and skin care to furniture. She also runs a green consulting business; blogs for The Family Groove and Scenic Hudson; and contributes to Daily Candy Kids, YogaCity, Citiscoop, and NRDC’s Simple Steps. Please visit her website at FrancescaOlivieri.com.