Don’t you just love it? Now I just have to figure out how to make it static in this category only.
I’ve talked a lot about the benefits of living tiny but I haven’t mentioned much about the impossibilities. While this sect of simplistic living is perfectly suited for some, there are others it just does not work for. Here are a few people groups that may not benefit from tiny house living.
1. Entertainers. Unless you live in a place where the weather is a perfect 70 to 80 degrees year-round, living tiny will not afford you the extra space needed to entertain guests. Added to that is the fact that most entertainers also enjoy cooking, for which there is not much space in a tiny home, and you will see why it just wouldn’t work.
2. The marrieds with children. Let me reiterate that, if you’re MARRIED WITH CHILDREN you may not want to live tiny because if you desire this lifestyle you must be willing to forgo privacy…..
3. People living in cold weather climates. Since one main advantage of tiny house living is that you are forced outside, it makes sense that tiny living wouldn’t translate well for people living in a cold weather climate. Unless, of course, your idea of fun is staring at 4 very tiny walls while daydreaming of warmer weather….in that case, you’re golden!
4. People that work from home. Many people need to separate work from home and in order to do so they have an office they can close off at the end of the day. In a tiny home all of your essentials must be given a designated place and you must be able to transform your space in an instant. This leaves little space space for an office and a slim chance that you would be able to separate your work and home life.
5. Introverts. Ok, let me rephrase this, introvert who don’t live alone. If you’re a single introvert, tiny house living might seem like heaven on earth, but for me this goes back to #2. Tiny house living and privacy are not synonymous. There is just no space to hole off from the world when you live in such a small space.
Of course, no matter who you are, if you are determined to make tiny house living work for you, you will.
So, what about you, what do you think?
While on an amazing food tour of Greenwich Village in New York (really, it was so fantastic—by far, one of the most favorite things we did. Read my review here.), we passed by the Narrow House. I’m sure you can imagine my excitement as a fellow tiny house dweller. The Narrow House was once occupied by various people including John Barrymore, Margaret Mead, and Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.
The tour guide shared with us, this quote from Millay:
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)
Often times we refer to people with a negative connotation who are “burning the candle at both ends”. I don’t think this is what Millay was saying when she spoke these words. What I do think she was saying is that she is living life to the fullest while she has the opportunity to do so because, “It gives a lovely light.”
The trip to New York was the completion of a life-long dream for me. I was always fascinated by the city because, for me, it represents limitless possibilities. Not only does it accept people for their differences but it embraces them. Acceptance is a concept that was not always practiced in Small Town, USA where I was raised. Edna St. Vincent Millay’s life is one example of how New York is capable of embracing people for their differences.
What I do think is true of Millay and many others, is that their passion for life is evident in the way they live(d) it. New York is full of people with a passion; perhaps this is the reason I am so drawn to the city. No matter what you do, whether big or small, if it is done with passion, it will not only fulfill you but it’s bound to make an impact on the world around you.
You belong here.
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