Of course it is….Pretty much everything in current pop culture is a trend or movement. The tiny house movement is no exception. Just like in the fashion industry, trends come and go. In 2015 we saw a huge uptick in high-waisted shorts, platforms and wide leg jeans…the same exact looks that were popularized decades ago then unceremoniously forgotten almost instantly. The same thought-process can be applied to almost every industry (with maybe exception of the tech/social media industry which is still in it’s infancy and who knows what the fuck kind of trends will happen there.)
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Oh, you weren’t expecting that answer from me? Why, because I happen to live tiny? Does this make me a hypocrite? Well, just because I live tiny doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion. So I’m pretty sure the tiny house movement is a trend. I’m by no means an expert on the topic, but long before the ‘tiny lifestyle’ was popularized by mainstream media, there have been a small community of outcasts that were living quite contently in their own, literally small worlds.
But the tiny house movement is having it’s 15 minutes and thats fantastic.
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I think in many regards, It needs it. We’ve been consuming more and more at such a drastic pace, the conversation of more conscious-consumption needed to be happen. We are not living in the world our parents grew up in. Millennials got dealt a pretty shitty hand upon entering our 20’s…the housing market was shit, the financial industry was shit, the job market was shit anddddd it’s only now getting better. So most of us were left trying desperately to follow through on the directions/expectations our parents instilled in us only to be hit with the harsh reality: What worked for them would definitely not work for us. Go to college, get a job, find a husband/wife, buy a home, have babies, live life, and die…is just not our culture’s normal anymore. And maybe that’s a really good thing.
Living tiny and experiencing a more intentional way of life is a fantastic way to get out of your comfort zone, take the focus away from ‘stuff’ and of course, save some serious cash. But for many people current living tiny, it simply isn’t a sustainable way of life. We all change, our needs evolve and our lifestyle patterns are constantly in an ebb and flow. We currently love the lifestyle we’ve created for ourselves. Not having to worry about making our rent each month, or even the stress of knowing we have X amount of months left on our rent has been such a huge burden lifted off our shoulders.
*Our tiny kitchen gets the job done with a full size black granite sink and faucet, breville convection oven and two burner stovetop and fridge that is never full.
Only since we’ve downsized and had the opportunity to live among other people who share a similar lifestyle, have we realized how many others share the desire to live with less. Also encouraging, the number of our peers that express to us that they too, would like to eventually downsize and try the tiny lifestyle! Are they lusting after this new type of lifestyle because it’s currently trendy? Sure, maybe they are….But who cares?!
Aren’t trends how most of us ultimately make many of our purchase-related decisions? The difference is, a lot of trendy things are ultimately just annoying while simultaneously doing jack shit to make us better people or enrich our society in anyway. A few examples?
Dog-buns? Over it. (Plus, it’s dangerous for your pooch. Big No.)
Hoverboards? If Amazon says its over…it’s over. (also, am I the only one who thinks they should be called ‘rollerboards’??! Since they just roll around, they don’t even fucking hover.)
So while yes, the tiny house movement might just be a trend, it’s a trend that needed to happen. Why not practice becoming smarter, conscious consumers while keeping an open mind to alternative lifestyles? If we’re not constantly evolving and thinking of ways to enrich and creative a positive effect on our lives, what’s the point?