I live just outside a community that’s a bit artsy, or I guess more formally it’s known as a politically progressive.  Alternative lifestyles, art, all natural living, and a resistance to business and development are all topics that are mainstays in the local public discourse.

I’m not really politically sensitive anymore, or like any Professional Individual Contributor I don’t have bandwidth for politics in my life,  so I have a tendency to not become involved in these subjects or related grass roots efforts.  A recent topic that has started to be percolating more and more if the idea of ‘Tiny Houses’, and this is something that I find fascinating as it directly relates to some of the challenges faced by PIC’s.

In one of my earliest articles, I discussed the idea that  we need to rethink our housing.  Housing has gotten larger and larger for several reasons, mostly because of how our mortgage laws are structured.  Admittedly more and bigger housing is nice, but more housing comes with huge lifelong commitments life.

Sadly this option doesn’t work for several reasons.  Initially it doesn’t work because we are not really socialized to live on top of each other:  we like our space.  Space for in home gyms, space for the kids to have their own room, space for a media room, space for an in home office that is required more and more these days.  Some of these space requirements are valid, some are not as much.  If you are at the point in your life where you are working and raising kids, the concept of a Tiny house is not a good idea.

But when the kids are gone, when our careers are winding down, or we can do more at coffee shops, then maybe this concept of a Tiny house starts to become more reasonable.  This is especially true with our significantly underfunded retirements.

We’ll have to work at it, acclimating ourselves to a lifestyle so different, but if we can do that as a group, then maybe it’s not not just a good idea, but maybe a tiny house becomes a big deal too.

via What Is The Tiny House Movement? – The Tiny Life.

Posted by Mike Peluso

Mike Peluso writes about the collision between between the business / professional world and life. He also writes about the journey involved with the Peluso Presents efforts including the Blog, Books, and Podcast so that others may benefit from his efforts. From Mike: I spend hundreds of hours working on these articles every year with no compensation other than support I get through donations. You can support with a tip and by Subscribing to the Podcast (and writing a review on iTunes would be really appreciated as well!) One time tips: www.paypal.me/pelusopresents https://venmo.com/pelusopresents

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