I am by no means living a “tiny home” lifestyle on a daily basis, but I see great benefit in doing so every time I get away for the weekend in our 150 sq. ft. escape pod. I’m incredibly thankful to God for it. It puts life in perspective when I can take a step away from so many worldly possessions and bask in building up my marriage, enjoying nature, and living more minimalistically.
Driving home from our latest state park visit I paid attention to the homes we passed. The contrast in dwelling types within Georgia can be dramatic within mere feet. Tiny cottages down the road from stone fortresses and everything in between. It made me think about what is actually necessary for a person to be comfortable and to fulfill their daily needs. It’s true that the more you have, the more you have to maintain. Being a military spouse for so many years made me acutely aware of how much we had every time it was time to set up our household in a new location.
There are a lot of people who think that if you don’t downsize you’ll forever be burdened. My husband sent me this article written by a colleague who believes this way. Henry David Thoreau was apparently into the “tiny house” movement before it was cool. There certainly are merits to scaling down, but I think that there can be problems present whether you live in a large home or small one.
So, is it the amount of living space that is tied to contentment? But many homes and RVs I passed this week were small to start with and were run down simply due to a lack of maintenance. So, I thought that maybe it was space between homes that mattered. Then I saw that dilapidated shanties or trailers could be found in close rows or with acres in between. Or maybe it was solely a money issue and I saw a once beautiful house of stone that had a mess of junk on its front lawn and the shutters were broken off even though the car in the driveway was expensive.
No, I truly believe that if you are smartly living within your means in any house, grand or humble, with wheels or with wineries, but are not thankful, you run the risk of living burdened. Put your thankfulness into action by caring for what you have whether you have 150 or 150,000 square feet. And please, if it feels too big or too small where you are now that you want to move, learn to be thankful for what you have before you transition to something else so you start your next chapter right.