Dreams of Living Small

bec59120-351d-11e4-a67d-15a0cf43955e_1tiny-house-plattsburghThe “Tiny House” movement is really taking off across America and does make so much sense. Basically a Tiny House in a very small house on wheels. Local municipalities recognize these homes as “mobile homes”, and not houses and as such they do not fall under the same housing codes as where they need to be hooked up to local utilities. This gives the owner the freedom to pretty much live anywhere and move whenever they want to. The average price to have one built is around 50,000.00, compared to the average price of a home at around 175,000.00. Unlike a home there are no property taxes to pay and utility costs in usually less than 50.00 per month. Living in a small space of less than 200 square ft. is not easy, but the benefits of reducing housing costs allow for other opportunities like paying off student debt, or just debt in general and the ability to save money.

I am not going to get into all of the details because there are so many out there. There is even a TV show called, “Tiny House Nation”, and tons of video’s on youtube, lots of websites and tons of blogs all with expert information about this whole movement. I highly suggest checking these sources out and learning a little more about the movement, but basically what I have gotten out of it is the fact that people are sick and tired of living in the world of consumerism. They are looking for more quality time and less time working to pay for the standard American lifestyle.

As a minimalist myself I have fallen in love with this movement, but do not see myself joining. A few reasons for this is that at my age (54) it makes more sense to purchase a small house of a little less than 700 sq. ft. on a small lot of land at maybe an 8th of an acre and pay it off as quickly as possible. I don’t mind being tied into public utilities as long as I have an emergency plan in place aka. – Generator, solar panels, wind6440548313_4769a6dc4c turbine, water filtration, etc. This little home would provide me with those things I love like room for raised bed gardens and an area to park a camper or travel trailer. Another reason for a small house vs. a tiny house is space. As I don’t own a lot I enjoy having space around me, but at right now I have too much space.

I have been looking into many opportunities to find such a home and learned that there are many. Right now I have been looking in the Tampa area of Florida and have found nice little homes as low as 80,000.00 or bank owned properties as low as 36,000.00. I only have one debt left to pay off and that is the mortgage which is about 167,000.00. I have the opportunity to sell this home this year and walk away with a good profit. I see making this move very soon and can’t wait as I believe that the new definition of the word “Freedom”, is living debt free.

Even though I choose to not live in a Tiny House, I share many of the same ideals of those who do choose this lifestyle. For one, reducing our carbon footprint by using less energy along with living without debt, being closer to nature, finding more time to spend with loved one’s and living a life without the pressure of consumerism. A simple plan for a simple life.

For me another reason for this type of move is that of security. At 54 I am getting closer to retirement and I don’t want to worry about if I am going to be able to afford to retire. As we get older there are things that happen as our bodies break down. Just one medical emergency can completely wipe someone out who is not prepared for it. I cannot conceive still making mortgage payments with a fixed income. I want the freedom to jump in a RV and take off whenever I choose. Or take vacations or cruises that I could actually afford. Living small will give me this opportunity.

Blood Sugar- 124, Weight- 168.4

Walking- 30 Minutes

Breakfast- 2 Eggs, 2 Sausage
Lunch- Chicken Caesar Salad
Dinner- Steak, Broccoli

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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13 Responses to Dreams of Living Small

  1. Tony says:

    Interesting stuff. Thanks!

  2. PigLove says:

    Love the tiny homes. But I agree with you. Mommy said she is not so much as living in a small moveable home as she would a permanent smaller home – like you said. Our house now is just over a 1000 sq feet and is perfect at this time. XOXO – Bacon

  3. Raymond says:

    I am not into too small home but small home is good.

  4. Klarinet says:

    It is my dream too!

  5. Raymond says:

    I wonder how do you get your mail PO box number with moving house? If somebody wants to send you any package?

  6. jo says:

    As a home designer, I too have fallen for Tiny Houses. I am actually building one in my back yard. I’m not sure what I’ll do with it when it’s finished, maybe a “Dorm Room” for the kiddo, an art studio or I might sell it. So far it has cost me very little. Some materials were extras on job sites. Often, if asked nicely, contractors will let you have the extra bits of siding or trim that they would ordinarily take to a landfill. My first was a shed, which I built completely from construction scrap (gathered with permission of the contractors at each site) except for the marine grade plywood subfloor and PT floor joists.
    My dream would be to invest in land and build a retirement community of Tiny Houses. A permanent campground of sorts, with a central laundry facility, and maybe even a hot tub or two for the community! Even a gated RV storage area as an amenity. I envisions lots of golf carts in my future… 😉

    • That sounds wonderful. I have a similar dream where all automobile parking is outside the limits of the community and all internal transportation is walking or cycling. There would lots of nature paths and community gardens. On the outskirts would be small businesses where deliveries would come to the rear of their shops.

  7. Florida Minimalist says:

    I love the idea of a tiny house community!! I also love the idea of the traveling style tiny houses. I could never get the kids and husband to jump on the tiny house bandwagon with me and honestly I could only live in one if I were on my own. I love how environmentally friendly they are and they really force you to live the minimalist lifestyle.

  8. lethally says:

    This is a lifestyle that really appeals to me….when I retire, that is. For now, I’ll just downsize and simplify 🙂

  9. Tessa says:

    I love those little houses.

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