Thinking Small? Consider living in a tiny home
As the world becomes increasingly fast-paced and complex, many people are seeking ways to simplify their lives and gain a sense of control over their finances, possessions, and overall well-being. One solution that has gained popularity in recent years is the concept of “tiny living,” or downsizing to a smaller home. While the idea of living in a tiny home may seem daunting to some, there are actually many benefits to this lifestyle choice.
One of the main advantages of living in a tiny home is financial freedom. By choosing to live in a smaller space, you are able to spend less on your home, which means you owe less to your bank and have smaller bond payments. This leaves you with more disposable income to save, invest, or use for other life experiences.
Worth noting though, is although a tiny home can cost several times less than a regularly sized home, the cost per square metre is typically substantially higher. Mostly because you are packing all of the more expensive times, think kitchen, bathroom, large sliding door, into a much smaller area, so there are less square metres to divide the total cost into. So it is important, when comparing costs of a tiny home vs a regular sized home to compare total cost and total utility and all of the knock on effects of these in terms of finance and opportunity costs, rather than comparing cost per square metre.
Another benefit is that many tiny homes are built with sustainable materials and come complete energy-efficient features, meaning that they have a smaller environmental footprint and lower utility costs.
Additionally, tiny living is the opportunity to declutter and simplify your life. When you have less space, you are forced to be more mindful of the things you bring into your home and to choose only those that truly matter to you. This can lead to a more minimalistic and peaceful living environment, free from the distractions and clutter of unnecessary possessions.
Tiny homes also offer the potential for more self-reliance and independence. Many tiny homeowners choose to live off-grid, using solar panels or other alternative energy sources to power their homes. This can not only reduce the cost of living over the long run, but also relieves one from the stresses and inconvenience of an erratic grid supply, as we are currently experiencing with load-shedding in South Africa.
Also, a smaller home means more space left over for outdoor living. Which means more space for a garden, whether for more connection to nature, the opportunity to grow your own food, or both.
So tiny homes can be a great way to live more affordably and sustainably, while also building a sense of community and connection with others who share similar values.
In conclusion, living in a tiny home may seem daunting at first, but the benefits of downsizing to a smaller space are many. From financial freedom and simplicity to self-reliance and mobility, tiny living offers a unique and fulfilling lifestyle that is worth considering.