Small House Society

The Small House Society, “a voice for the Small House Movement,” adds more fine-grained definition to the idea of tiny home living. It identifies the Movement as “the result of concerns about what we are doing to the environment, and what the environment is doing to us (wild fires, flooding, hurricanes), as well as a shifting economy. Some people just desire to live simply so that others can simply live.” Cool.

They have a motto…

“Better Living Through Simplicity.”

…and a clearly stated mission:

“Our desire is to support the research, development, and use of smaller living spaces that foster sustainable living for individuals, families, and communities worldwide.”

They’ve been around since 2002, and there’s quite a bit to check out. I’m on it, clicking through the Small House Society site… :)  SHS is part of Resources for Life, which I’m checking out as well!

Small houses: it’s a movement!

A tiny home

The small house movement has its own article in Wikipedia, started in March, 2009, that describes an “architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes.” Pretty straightforward! It also points to a founder: “Sarah Susanka has been credited with starting the countermovement toward smaller houses when she published The Not So Big House in 1997.” The “financial crisis of 2007-2010” (good to know that’s over with!) is given props for generating increased interest in tiny homes and the Movement…

Living in a small space

A barn

Quite suddenly, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking seriously about living in a rather small space. Tiny farming leads to tiny living? Maybe… In any case, no worries. I’ve occupied relatively small spaces in big cities: typical apartment living. At the tightest, I’ve lived with a partner in a fairly tiny studio apartment, and I’ve shared homes with several roommates, where personal space meant hitting my bedroom. So it shouldn’t be such a leap to fit into a couple of hundred square feet… Right?! We’ll see…