As some of you know I was in Portland recently visiting my best friend, Kristie. We go waaaaaay back… like fourth grade y’all! I knew during my Portland visit that we would see the sites, take beautiful walks, eat amazing food, and literally laugh til we were bent over crying, but I had one request. I wanted to see some tiny homes in person. I knew that because I was in Portland, this could easily be done. So we stopped by Caravan, the first tiny house hotel which is in Downtown Portland, Oregon. (The tiny home in the photo above is called “Roly Poly”.)
The tiny home movement has become an integral part of the minimalist lifestyle movement. Yet not all minimalists live in tiny homes. I have definitely been drawn to the idea of tiny living simply because I have experienced so much freedom with my own minimalist lifestyle journey.
Living with less and only what I absolutely love has greatly reduced my monthly expenses!
By having lower monthly expenses, I no longer have to work three jobs to sustain my previous consumerist lifestyle. Instead I work less, have more clarity and peace of mind, eat healthier, and have much more time to spend with family and friends. I also have the emotional space to delve into continually discovering what makes my heart sing as well as how I can be more creative.
My husband and I are currently renters, and you can see a complete tour of our current home. I’m not going to lie, purchasing a home mortgage-free is pretty enticing. I will say that all of the homes that we saw at Caravan were under 200 sq ft. I am still in awe with the creative use of space, yet there is a HUGE but… Because I am a dancer, being able to put down my yoga mat for my practice, or move around to choreograph is crucial. The sizes of these homes were a bit too tiny to fit my dance needs, yet I still had an absolute blast being able to see them. Mission accomplished!
I will say that even after seeing these tiny homes, I still have ecofriendly modular homes of at least 500 sq ft or more on my mind for the future.
Only time will tell when it comes down to it. Also if you are curious, Kristie is an entomologist, so she studies the classification, life cycle, distribution, physiology, behavior, ecology, and population dynamics of insects. She is also the creator of The Bug Chicks. Definitely check out her phenomenal work as she has some amazing upcoming projects and collaborations, not to mention all of the incredible work she and her business partner have already done!
Are you a tiny home owner or love the idea of living tiny? Please chime in below!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)