The Minimalist Movement: Tips on the Tiny Living Trend
By: Jamie Kreps
There’s a trend on the rise among homeowners and homeowner-hopefuls – particularly millennials. It’s a tiny living minimalist trend and it’s taking over in a major way.
According to the popularity of shows like HGTV’s “Tiny House, Big Living” and the booming success of minimalist organizer guru, Marie Kondo, living tiny is wildly appealing. Gone are the days of coveting sprawling acreage in the country with massive square footage and 3-car garages. Today’s trend is focused on less than 1,000 square feet and multi-purpose home items.
So, what’s the draw? According to online statistics as mentioned on Forbes.com, the current generations are shifting the way they view their financial priorities. Rather than investing their money on larger homes and material possessions, they are instead choosing to invest in experiences.
What Is Tiny Living?
The minimalist movement is one that has been inspired by the idea that smaller living is more economically feasible than traditional living. It is, essentially, cutting down to the absolute bare necessities and finding creative ways to utilize a minimal amount of space and belongings.
“Although it is not a new concept, the minimalist lifestyle is trending across the United States. The movement has inspired people to move into tiny homes, cut their wardrobes and donate their possessions.” – Forbes.com.
How to Live Tiny
If the idea of living minimally is appealing to you, you’re not alone. But just how does one go about minimizing their life – and their homes? Before you call the moving company to plan a move to your newly downsized tiny home, there are several things you should consider.
While it may seem obvious, tiny living requires, well, tiny space. Which means you need to get creative in order to know what to keep and what to purge. You also need to invest in some multi-functioning pieces in order to maximize the usage of your minimal space.
What to Keep
Short of binge-watching several seasons of tiny living shows and minimalist guru tips, it’s possible to downsize with a bit of creativity and brainstorming. The first step? Deciding what to keep.
“Americans have accumulated more clutter over the last hundred years. In 1930, the average woman only had 36 pieces of clothes in her closet. Today, the average consumer has 120 items of clothing, but 80% go unworn.” – Forbes.com.
Armed with this information, many are taking serious stock of their possessions and realizing a massive amount of waste they can free themselves from. Determining the bare minimum of necessities includes cutting down clothing, cookware, décor, electronics, and yes, even square footage.
How to Store It
The purging of excess belongings has another positive side – the potential to earn some extra income. By selling off items that have little meaning or use, homeowners are lining their pockets with some extra financial freedom.
Many use a portion of this to fund the purchase of smaller furniture that doubles as storage units for the items that do make the cut. Furniture that is slim, but tall, tends to maximize vertical space for storage that is otherwise unused. Benches for seating provide nice open areas underneath that can double as a storage space for belongings.
There’s no denying that the trending minimalist movement takes a rather high level of determination and commitment, but it’s not so difficult to understand the appeal. If it’s something you’re looking in to, there are thousands of options out there for you, so get your downsizing creativity flowing!