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https://www.inverse.com/article/19140-psychology-of-tiny-homes-and-micro-apartments

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Tiny Homes Aren't For Everyone
A tiny home does not necessarily translate to a tiny personality -- and that can be a problem.

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The tiny house movement

The tiny house movement

Tiny homes are generally between 100 and 400 square feet, and come in a variety of forms, from small cabins or a trailer to micro apartments.

Tiny houses are really interes...

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Reflecting values of the tiny houses movement

*Inspirations for going tiny is environmental consciousness, self-sufficiency, and the desire for a life adventure.

But tiny houses physically demand particular social relationship...

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Psychological mechanisms of choosing tiny houses

Those who desire to live in tiny homes show two psychological mechanisms:

  • Clustering. It is the idea that we tend to mix with like-minded individuals.

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Tiny house spreading worldwide

While the list of characteristics describing the ideal tiny house candidate is distinct, it appeals to an unexpected broad demographic.

But, similar to NASA, who brings in ...

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The tiny house appeal

The tiny house appeal

The small spaces are usually less than 500 square feet and often on the wheels of a flatbed trailer. The narrow house tends to have a kitchen, bathroom, and sitting area, and usual...

Tiny houses meet practical needs

The reasons for the popularity of tiny homes are affordability and that they satisfy young people's need for mobility. They can be easily sold or rented.

Whether tiny houses will continue in the future depends on the economy. If the middle class continues to shrink, small homes will likely increase in popularity as people will need affordable housing.

Tiny houses and eco-friendliness

Some of the appealing qualities of living in tiny houses are related to environmental concerns and eco-friendliness. Homeowners of a tiny house feel they are making a positive contribution to the world because it leaves a lighter carbon footprint.

With limited space, it can also be part of living a simpler life with a dramatic downsizing of clothing, housewares, furniture, and other possessions. It is less to clean and maintain and has lower housing payments and utility bills.

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“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

Hans Hofmann

Remove decorations

... that no longer inspire you. Just because something made you happy in the past doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever.

Your life has moved on—maybe it’s time for the decoration to do the same. Keeping just the items that mean the most to you will help them to shine.

Reject the convenience fallacy

There are certain places in our homes we tend to leave items out for convenience. By leaving these things out, we think we’re saving time and simplifying our lives. That’s the convenience fallacy. 

W might save a couple of seconds, but the other 99.9 percent of the time, those items just sit there creating a visual distraction. 

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What Home Feels Like

What Home Feels Like

We often confuse the structural, physical entity that is the house as home. It may be the body of the home, and just like we relate to our body, the home relates to the house structure.

Home Is A Soul

Just as we are extremely lucky if we get one great love in our lives, we should consider ourselves lucky if we get a real home. The abstract concept of a home is almost supernatural, with the house being the architecture, providing shelter. Great architecture is like the external beauty of a person, which may or may not be corresponding to what the person really is from inside.

Nevertheless, the outside is what provides a lust, a longing to see what’s inside.

Architecture Is Fascinating

Architects are creators in the real sense. They can conceptualize and implement great design and arouse deep feelings just by the work they do.

Their work is a siren call for many, both romantic and high in status.

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Experience vs Beauty

Experience vs Beauty

While searching for happiness, one often confuses something beautiful with something that would make one feel happy. While beauty captivates us, the actual experience makes us far happier than the ...

The Influence Of Appearance

External beauty and pleasing appearance often influence our perception, and we believe that this would dictate our experience after we attain it.

The day-to-day experience of living in a particular place cannot be judged by its outer beauty. Our relationships and social health are more important than architecture.

Couples In Lockdown

In lockdown(or home quarantine), relationships are being stress-tested across the globe, as couples and partners live together 24/7, and have to deal with:

  • New kinds of stressful situa...

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Everyone is stressed out as there are losses all around. Most of us miss life before the lockdown. It is a good idea to let those feelings come out, listen attentively to the partner, and maybe give a hug, while avoiding any ‘fix-it’ response.

Rituals

Rituals are important to maintain a positive connection. A ritual can be anything that makes you and your partner regularly turn towards each other, emotionally, physically or spiritually.


Rituals of connection form the pillars of this culture, making the bond stronger by reinforcing it.

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Defining "wellness"

It's a lifestyle or state of being that goes beyond merely the absence of disease and into the idea of maximizing human potential. 

Once someone’s basic needs are met (e.g., ...

How "wellness" is marketed

Wellness is simple: it’s about committing to basic practices as individuals and communities. And unfortunately, these basics tend to get overlooked in favor of easy-to-market nonsense.

Nourishing the 5 interrelated dimensions of health (physical, emotional, cognitive, social, spiritual, and environmental) does not require that you buy any lotions, potions, or pills.

Move Your Body

30 minutes of moderate to intense daily physical activity lowers your risk for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, mental illness, and many types of cancer.

Any kind of activity that makes your breathing labored for a sustained period does the trick.

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Shelter and refuge

Shelter and refuge

Our homes are now being used not only as shelter and refuge, but also as workplace and school and gym and theater and restaurant and bar and laundry and town square.
But whether a house o...

Rethinking utility

A home of any kind is a blessing. But quarantine also means that small elements of home design can have significant consequences.

How much space you have, the number of rooms, whether you have internet, a dishwasher and washing machine, whether you have an area in which to exercise or be alone or be together or cook or get fresh air—those factors will now take on even more weight.

Home as the only place

Confinement can heighten existing tensions and threats. It can also create new ones.
  • Even people who are usually good at handling stress can find their mental health affected by periods of continuous closeness. 
  • Constant togetherness can be a great thing, right up until it isn’t. So if you live with others and find yourself needing space of your own, tell them that.
  • Use creative hacks: for example, if a bedroom is doubling as an office, create the ritual, at the start of the workday, of shutting the door (a sign that the bedroom is now a workspace).

"Needing" therapy

By framing therapy in terms of what we need rather than what we could benefit from, many people experience too much shame or embarrassment to try it.

Not everybody needs therapy. But ...

How therapy helps

  • Understanding how the way we tend to think about things affects our moods and emotions
  • Clarifying our values and strategizing about the most effective path toward them
  • Learning to communicate directly and assertively in relationships or the workplace
  • Building self-confidence in social situations
  • Acquiring more effective parenting skills and techniques
  • Working through complicated grief or loss

Therapy and growth

Ultimately, therapy is about growth and creating opportunities for positive change.

And in addition to improving traditional mental health struggles, therapy can also be a powerful and efficient way to make progress on personal goals or aspirations.

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The Downside Of Using AC

The Downside Of Using AC

Air conditioning is necessary, but too much of artificially cooled air drives up CFC gas emission, increases our power bills, makes power plants consume more fossil fuels, and makes us addicted to ...

Heat And Humidity

One of the most natural ways to get rid of our bodies of excessive heat is to have a good sweat.

Humidity becomes a spoilsport in this, and having dry air around your body helps in regularizing your body temperature.

The Architecture our Houses In Regulating Temperature

  • Hot air rises above, so an exhaust fan installed at the top edge of the room can push it out. This also regulates the humidity.
  • A cool breeze can be given way to drive out the stale, humid air of the room, making it comfortable without an air conditioner.
  • A large porch absorbs direct sunlight, ensuring rooms do not overheat.
  • Older houses had chimneys and cupolas that helped in air ventilation, something that can be considered.

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Transitional design

When decorating your house, you might consider the transitional design if you find both traditional and modern designs not suitable for you. Better go with the mix of the two. Accessories are kept ...

Traditional design

One of the most well-known interior designs is the traditional one. The dark wooden furniture is often ornately detailed and usually includes crystal chandeliers. Furthermore, among the popular patterns are: damask, florals, strips and plaids.
Maybe the best sign that you might be into this kind of design is the fact that you have a thing for consistency: matching furniture sets is basically the main rule when it comes to this design style.

Modern design

The modern design refers generally to a specific time period and it gets its features from the mix of Scandinavian, mid-century modern and post-modern design. Designers tend to prefer metal, chrome and glass integrated into a minimal decor.

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