Small Space Scribes on August 21, 2020 0 Comments Choosing to live in a tiny home, RV or other small space has become an intriguing idea for many people. Some people want to live a minimalist lifestyle, others want to travel, and some just want to save on expenses so they can focus on other joys in life. Then there are people who are just fascinated by the idea of tiny home living and are following the movement from a distance by watching the popular TV shows, reading blogs and articles, and imagining what it would be like to live that lifestyle. Whether you’re currently living in a tiny home and constantly have to answer questions about your chosen lifestyle, or you’re just fascinated by the idea of tiny home living but can’t imagine why anyone would want to actually live that lifestyle, there are some common misconceptions about tiny home living that we hope to help clarify. 1. People who live in tiny homes are poor Most people who live in tiny homes are doing so as a choice, not because they are forced to do so because they can’t afford to live anywhere else. Most tiny home owners are gainfully employed with a good job and have less debt than the average American – if any debt at all. 2. People who live in tiny homes want to be off the grid Living in a tiny home doesn’t mean you are automatically someone who has a survivalist mindset to live off the land and wants to cut ties with all forms of technology and modern-day society. However, many people who live in a tiny home are more focused on sustainable living and conserving energy resources, but they are very much still on the grid relying on a utility service provider for power. 3. People who live in tiny homes don’t have kids Another common myth about tiny houses is that because you live in a tiny home, you don’t have or don’t want kids. While personal space and privacy can be hard to come by if a family of 4 or more lives in a tiny home, there are ways to make it work. For example, choosing a larger tiny home model of 500 square feet or more, being strategic with how the inside of the home is sectioned off, and utilizing outdoor space well. Kids who live in a tiny home also may have more opportunities to share, compromise, be more self-aware and learn how to entertain themselves with less material things. 4. People who live in tiny homes don’t have modern conveniences Tiny houses have all the same systems and conveniences as a traditional house, such as a toilet, shower, electricity, running water and Wi-Fi. There are even compact appliances available if people want a washer and dryer, dishwasher or other type of appliance. If there aren’t modern conveniences in a tiny home, it’s usually because the person living there has chosen not to have them. 5. People who live in tiny homes have the freedom to do whatever they want It’s a common belief that you can take your tiny house with you wherever you go so you have the freedom to travel and explore the world or accept a new job opportunity if it comes up. Some people choose to build their tiny homes on wheels for this purpose, but others have decided to set down roots in a tiny home community or have purchased land where they built a tiny home. Whether you watch the shows that glamorize tiny home living, are considering the tiny home lifestyle, or often have to answer common questions about living in a tiny home, the message is that tiny home living is a choice and it looks a little bit different for each person who chooses the lifestyle.