Reducing the overall square footage of a living space has many advantages and disadvantages. Like everything in life, you have to weigh out the pros and cons. For us, one of the biggest points in favor of living tiny is that fact that it will afford us an opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint.

This has a clear tie-in to helping with the issue of poverty and homelessness. It isn’t simply enough to put someone in a home, they also have to be able to maintain and survive. It does not take major math skills to be able to see that an average person can not live on minimum wage. One way to combat this issue is to raise the minimum wage up to a working wage, but while we all sit around and hold our breath waiting on congress…

Another way to combat that income disparity is through reducing overall cost of living. However, in a modern world, there are certain amenities we simply can’t live without. Things like cellphones and computers, once considered luxury items, are absolute necessities in our post-modern world. Electricity is now an absolute need, but those utilities are expensive.

However, the less space you have to cover, the easier alternative energy sources become. Heating a home with a fireplace seems almost a joke to the modern family. If you have a fireplace, it is mostly for its aesthetic value, and not for its overall cost effectiveness, but if you are only heating 300sqft, suddenly a fireplace seems like overkill.

The same is true for solar panels. The idea of purchasing enough solar panels to properly electrify a 3,000sqft home with a one trillion inch plasma screen TV seems rather daunting, if not impossible. But again, if you are living in a micro house with only a laptop as your entertainment source, powering that bad boy seems substantially more practical.

Reducing the overall cost of living brings benefits to the lives of those who are living on a little or those who have a lot. The cheaper you can make your requirement bills or utilities, the more money you have left over to live. For those who have means, that could result in more meaningful vacations or time off. For those who are trying to rise above, it could mean moving from survival, to finally being able to put savings away or paying off debt.

Living tiny is also about living big.

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Nathan Monk is a husband, father, author, and former Orthodox priest who writes about growing up in childhood homelessness, and brings awareness to the social and justice issues related to first world poverty.

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