Article by Laura LaVoie
During my research for topics to share with my fellow Tiny House Enthusiasts, I came across this blog post by Emily Badger at The Atlantic Cities. Here Emily shares a conversation she had with Tiny House author Mimi Zeiger.
In their conversation, Zeiger offers several psychological profiles of people who love and want to live in tiny spaces.
- The Walden – the minimizer, simplifier, and environmentally conscious.
- The DIY – the person who wants control over everything, even building their own home
- The Cuteness – the person who just loves everything in miniature
- The Puzzler – the one who wants to jam as much functional stuff into as small a space as possible.
I got to thinking about these categories and how they apply to me and to other tiny home builders that I know. Like any other psychological profile, it is difficult to fit individuals into neat and tidy categories.
If you’ve spent any time in corporate America you have certainly taken your share of tests that tell you what color you are or whether you’re a leader or follower and they are never 100% accurate.
My partner is a DIYer. He always wanted to build something with his own hands. The reason a tiny house was so attractive to him was simply because of the scale. When building something for the first time it seemed more responsible to go as small as we could so it would be easier to fix mistakes or just not mess them up in the first place. But he also has a bit of Puzzler in his personality. He wanted to organize all of the things that both of us would need to live a comfortable life into our little mountain house.
My top trait is the Walden, but not for the reasons laid out in Badger’s blog. Sure, I want minimize my footprint and live light on the environment, but I also want some serious Thoreau level solitude and self-reliance. Matt has some Walden in his personality as well which is one of the reasons we’ve been together so long and can actually stand to be in a tiny space together. I also have a bit of the Cuteness. I think having a tiny house is adorable. When you look at the things I have put in the house to decorate it you will find tiny beer glasses, tiny chip clips, a tiny gnome, and a tiny matchbox Honda Element. These aren’t the functional things, just the little touches that make me smile when I see them.
Why do you like tiny houses? Do you want to build your own space? Do you want to live for free on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s property? Do you want to fit an entire home theater in to 90 square feet just to say you can? Tell us, what profile fits you the best then if you want “Like” and share using the buttons below.
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