It wasn't all that long ago that I looked at something like The Tiny House Movement, and thought it might be a good idea to jump on board. They travel anywhere, you don't have to do much to clean them... it seemed like a great idea.
It's still a pretty great idea, but maybe it's just not for me. But after all the deliberation that I went through, I was able to finally see some tiny houses for my own when I went up to Olympia, Washington for a shoot with Time Magazine (.com) this last week. Our part focused on two different area of Olympia, one was called Quixote Village, and was a small tiny housing complex in the industrial area of Olympia, which they used to house homeless people in the area. There were 30 houses in all, and it was a pretty brilliant little community for all these people to live in.
The second part was an interview with Dee Williams (one of the leaders of the Tiny House Movement) at her tiny house in her friend's back yard (pictured above). It was such a peaceful place, and you could tell she loved just spending time in the space. She wasn't confined to just her home, like so many of us often are, and her idea of home was spread out to include the garden and the yard and the entire neighborhood around her. She was a really wonderful lady with a great outlook on life.
One of the most fascinating parts of these two stories was that we found homeless people that were trying to come up in the world by finding a place to live, and then we have poeple like Dee, who had a big house and was "living the American dream", and then she gave it up in order to live a more simple life. And somewhere in the middle now, those two groups are coming back together, even though they come from such different lifestyles.
So while a tiny house still might not be for me, it was a good reminder, maybe, that you don't need to get rid of your house in order to live a simple life. It's just a process of evaluating what means the most to us, and getting rid of all of the other things that clutter up our space and our minds. This can be done every day in little ways and doesn't require you to "throw everything away" and start all over.
I'll have more information and a link for the piece as its released on Time's website. Until then, thanks for reading!