I’m sure by now you’ve noticed the “Tiny House” craze. The movement is on the rise and getting a lot of attention. But I think this is much more than a passing trend.
The first North American homes, in the 1800’s, averaged at about 450 square feet. Unless you were wealthy, you and your family shared one space.
During the 19th century, homes were compartmentalized into private and shared spaces but still remained very small.
By the early 20th century, the average living space had grown to about 600 square feet.
Since the 1940’s, family household size has decreased about 25% while physical house size has increased to about 50%. Today the average home is 2,678 square feet.
While this might sound like nothing more than a normal evolution of preference, this change can most definitely effect more than just the size of our homes and is worth consideration. The size of our homes can effect how much we consume, the environment, how much we work, our relationships and overall quality of life.
The tiny house movement is gaining popularity not just for its novelty but for the allure of a simpler, greener, more meaningful lifestyle.
“Tiny” might not work for everyone, myself included, but there’s a lot we can learn from the movement. Follow this link to hear first hand some of the benefits of living smaller.
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