You might know this about me but you also might not:
I LOVE TINY HOUSES!
There I said it, I am obsessed with the tiny house movement. I am super interested in alternative housing which is broad category of tiny houses, micro homes, yurts, RV’s, van life, earth ships and anything else you can really think. I love them. I love the idea of not doing what society tells you and using your creativity to build a dwelling the suits exactly what you, the owner, needs.
This obsession started way back while studying architecture technology. Most of my submissions for things where alternative structures. I just refused to see housing the way the typical home builder in ALBERTA did. The infill situation.
Last year around this time I headed South to North Carolina to attend the tiny house conference. I met some amazing tiny house loving people. Sadly I won’t be attending this year even though it’s in my dream city Portland which is SO MUCH CLOSER to Edmonton AND full of vegans! It just isn’t in the works because of my commitment to debt reduction. If you haven’t figured it out yet – every thing this year will be about debt reduction.
4 reasons I am in love with alternative housing:
- Minimalism; for a lot of years I let my stuff own me. It defined me. It was me. I had boxes of stuff that I carted around home to home never opening. Sometimes living (the stuff living) in other peoples basements. Then in a huge life shift while living in Montreal – I cleaned it all out. When I finally moved from Montreal I had cleaned out past life baggage. It is liberating to get rid of things you don’t need.
- Financial impact; I live in a studio apartment. It is a dream. Tiny living without a tiny house. For me living tiny is part of a full package of Carol intentions to achieve a goal but also the less I spend on living, the more I can spend on traveling. The more I can power through my student loans – the more likely the dream of one day no longer have student loans will become a reality. It is a long way to freedom but every bit counts and that included a cheap, small space and spending well below my 30% on housing.
- Living Smaller to Live Larger; I will just say it again. The less my monthly experiences are the more I can spend on trips, hair dye, tattoos and debt repayment, retirement saving, blog stuff or what ever else I want. My house doesn’t make me happy. All the other things do.
- Environmental Impact; We are actively and knowingly destroying the planet. I care. I want my footprint to be less. Smaller space, smaller footprint. It is that simple.
Are you an alternative housing lover? Are you into the tiny house movement? How did you get there? What is your drive?
I have a journal from forever ago that I made a label for that says “couch tour of North America” before couchsurfing was a things, before #vanlife was cool- I have for a long time just felt like gypsy was the way to go. I am a nomad at heart. I think I might always be.
What is your tiny house dream?