What Tiny Homes Can Teach You About What's Worth Keeping (And What's Not)

There’s a big movement sweeping across the country and most of it fits in three parking spaces.

Where the typical American home is about 2,600 square feet, most tiny houses have an area between 100 and 400. Sound impossible? Maybe for some, but there is a growing number of people who are actively choosing to downsize their homes, lifestyles, stress, and expenses.

“The tiny house movement is a choice in intentional living,” said Will Johnston, Executive Director of Tiny House Atlanta. “It requires homeowners to align who they are and what they love with what they own and how they want to live.”

While the majority of Americans would have a hard time living their busy lives out of what is the size of the average garage, most people can benefit from the driving philosophy behind the cause. “Tiny houses do require a change in lifestyle,” stated Johnston. “And a lot of that comes with a change in perspective. You have to have less stuff to make it work, so we teach our homeowners to make the best use of the things they actually love and use.”

This often means identifying what gets eaten on a daily basis, what gets worn on a weekly basis, and what gets used on a monthly basis. Everything else just gets in the way.

“It ends up being a lesson in finding happiness,” he adds. “You end up clearing the emotional and mental clutter along with the items they’re attached to. When you surround yourself with only your favorite things, you now have more space than ever to live the life you want.”

It begs the question: If you transitioned to a tiny house, what of your favorite things would make the cut?

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