Good morning! I’ve been sick with a cold this past week, and have family visiting this weekend, so there wasn’t much time for blogging.
I just finished reading an opinion piece in the New York Times about the “hidden” problems of tiny home living. Those described were, in my opinion, silly and easily mitigated.
There are two paragraphs dedicated to a tyrannical Target hamper being more noticeable in a smaller space. Either buy an attractive hamper or do what I did: buy a laundry bag and keep it inside a closet. I grew up in a small New York City apartment and lived in a tiny in-law house for two years in grad school, pictured above, that the UPS driver mistook for a shed when trying to find my house for a delivery!
Unlike actual creepy crawling vermin like the spiders that loved my dwelling, dust bunnies go away when you keep your home clean.
Cooking smells from onions are an issue for any home that’s not well ventilated. It’s also a cause of bad breath–perhaps eliminate it from your diet?!
The article concludes with: “Dreams of design features so vast that they sound like foreign countries. I dream of kitchen islands. I dream outside this box.”
There is nothing outside the box about that thinking. Look at vast majority of new housing developments and design magazines: They are are for living large. In my town of Scarborough, Maine, we are experiencing growth. My home was built in 1950 and is 1220 square feet not including my sunroom.
I looked up the original owners and invited them over:
There is a large housing development being built blocks away from my house. The homes are an average of 2000 square feet. They are being snatched up before building is complete.
Like the author of the opinion piece, I lived in tiny places most of my life because it’s what I was able to afford. However, instead of seeing space as a moneyed privilege, I experienced the wealth of having enforced limitations on clutter. It taught me to be very discerning about what I allow into my space. Smaller spaces are much easier to keep clean, not the other way around. Having fewer things and a manageable budget means less worry and mental clutter.
For me, living large has little to do with the square footage of my home!
What about you, dear readers? Have you ever lived, or wish to live, in a “tiny home?”