I am fascinated by the tiny house movement. In theory, the concept is the epitome of living simply, editing your possessions to a minimum, and occupying only that space which is absolutely necessary. It makes me wonder if I could live in one of the adorable, tiny houses featured on HGTV.
Last night I watched a cute young couple tour three tiny houses trying to imagine which would best suit their needs. In the smallest one, which was barely 200 square feet, the bathroom was so small you could use the toilet and shampoo your hair in the sink at the same time.
The second one was a bit larger, but the sleeping loft had only enough room for a queen-size bed and they had their hearts set on a king. Alright, people who need a king-size bed to sleep in just might not be good candidates for living quarters the size of a garden shed.
Tiny house number three was 350 square feet. The Realtor happily pointed out to the couple that this home had a closet the size of THREE high-school lockers. The couple was almost delirious. This did not impress me as I have purses almost that large.
Another episode featured a man who lived in a tiny house but was seeking one a little larger. His current home was less than 200 square feet. His main reason for moving was that his sleeping loft was so small that he frequently smacked his head on the low ceiling. Did I tell you he had no indoor plumbing and showered outside? Did I also happen to mention that he lived in New England where winter temperatures are in the single digits? He did not elaborate on winter bathing habits, if there were any.
I’d like to see a follow-up next year of these tiny house dwellers to see how they have fared. I am sure that some are quite content and that their minimalist living quarters are just perfect. For others like myself, the temptation to decorate and accessorize both the house and myself would lead to the acquisition of, as we call it in technical terms, stuff. I am fairly certain that within a very short time I would find myself storing my “stuff” in the oven, the dishwasher and eventually, the washer and dryer.
Once you own your tiny house, there is the issue of where to put it. Some people purchase them with trailers so they can move them around the country like an RV, only less mobile. Others rent or purchase space in tiny house parks where they can add tiny picket fences and put out their tiny garage cans. Others simply park them in the back yards of their parent’s homes, which brings to mind the forerunners of tiny houses. Some of you might have actually had one. We called them “play houses.”