Celebrating Materials As We Move Away From Materialism

This is your year of living better and freeing yourself from materialism. It's your year to experience happiness and warmth outside of the material world.

And materialism—its expression, its antidotes, its eventual acceptance—permeates some of the more undesirable qualities we all find in ourselves. Now, let it go.

It’s simple. You only need to begin valuing everything that brings purpose and meaning to life. It may seem like a lot to do but that’s all it takes. Spend 1% of your day thinking about what matters most, then look around to see if the nearby materials or products support that.

It's simple because the obvious weakness of our modern material industry is that it requires so much from us and accomplishes so little. It’s extraordinarily inefficient at promoting human and social well-being.

Even the most human-based designs are less about value, and more about furthering dependency on the products we are being designed to want, use more efficiently, and need more of. We are assaulted by materialism and human ideals get the back seat in this social and economic siege. No longer!

But don’t get me wrong, material items can meet basic needs. So identifying needs outside of the material sense is the first step in moving away from materialism and toward a celebration of the materials that matter. Those that foster connection, love, experience, family, adventure, and health all rely on equilibriums of consumption. You get what you give. Like a friendship.

What have you experienced through your material possessions? Are you feeling closer or further away from the emotions that make you feel happy and alive.

Ultimately, we are constantly in a state of activity with the material world. But with an awareness of your inner inclinations toward meaning and connections, your material surroundings will inspire you to own only that which amplifies your life. Then, you can watch the meaning found within your most important materials grow.

Most things will start to feel unnecessary, excessive, and ‘extra’. But a few will shine as a material or product that embodies and commemorates new, increased self-esteem.

Thinking about the craft work that went into your couch, or memory associated with a piece of art, or the use of the dining table for gathering loved ones together— when you think about how these materials inspire, even for a small percentage of time each day, you’ll begin to recognize the significance of your buying habits and materials. They’ll gain value and significance and feed you rather than feeding your desire for more.

The Art of Tiny Living

Tiny living is a lifestyle focussed on simplicity, a movement driven by sustainability, and a community full of like-minded individuals. To own a tiny home is much more than just a commitment to downsizing to 100 square feet—it’s a promise to uphold strong relationships and strive for true experiences.

When we first launched our website we wrote about why tiny homes are so important and why they are necessary for the future. We're stepping into a busy and exciting season as a company and talking about our foundations seems all the more important. We want to take you alongside us as we pursue the best lifestyle there is. Decluttering our spaces, simplifying our schedules, and freeing our minds can be a daunting task but it is at the core of who we are and what we do.

Over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing tips, insights, and ideas about the art of tiny living. Let's inspire and achieve together, one step at a time. 

Tiny Home Legal Living

One of the most important road blocks we face in the tiny home community is in legal codes. On October 22-24 in Kansas City we’ve been invited to speak at the ICC convention on the hearings of proposed tiny home code changes. The people presenting to the ICC include tiny house visionaries such as Andrew Morrison, Zack Giffin, Macy Miller, BA Norrgard, and Meg Stephens. Our CEO David Latimer is honored to be included in this group and we’ve been given the green light to invite as many people as we can to the hearings to stand in support of this groundbreaking change and we want to extend that invitation to you! Your support in any way is incredibly necessary and meaningful. Here's how you can help.

1. ATTEND - If you can attend please email Andrew@TinyHouseBuild.com and let us know you’ll be there. This is huge! We need all of the support we can get.

2. SUPPORT FINANCIALLY - If you can’t make it out to Kansas City, you can still help support these tiny home codes by supporting Andrew’s GoFundMe.

3. SIGN THE PETITION - The thing that every single one of us can do is to sign the petition for the IRC proposal. Follow this link for the petition on change.org and we'll make tiny living legal together! 

Thank you for all of your support!

New Frontier Tiny Homes

Why Tiny Homes?

Why Tiny Homes?

The inspiration behind tiny homes is this: life is short. Who among us, sitting on our deathbeds, would choose to be surrounded by our possessions rather than our people, recalling the shared experiences of our lives? Tiny homes are about bringing that which matters most to the forefront of our daily living: developing autonomy, living debt free with economic responsibility,, flexibility and freedom to travel,  change careers, cultivate work life balance, time to read and learn, always accruing experience, not more stuff. Downsizing, which once seemed impossible to me, has been empowering.