I don't even know how washing works in tiny houses. Though Hong Kong, to my knowledge, has similar cleanliness/wardrobe size requirements and some tiny apartments that fall between "coffin" and "berth on a ship". (Whether many tiny house owners drop by washaterias, I dunno...)Jennifer wrote: ↑07 Oct 2019, 20:03Sure, but while our ancestors' basic biological needs were met, I daresay many would find it difficult if not impossible to meet certain standards required to belong to modern mainstream American society -- such as, your clothes need to be a certain level of cleanliness and non-stinkyness that you can NOT meet by "wearing the same outfit every day, and washing it once a week," even though that was the norm for pretty much everybody other than the ultra-rich until barely more than a century ago.
I submit that it is what's wrong, and they even say the specifics of why in one case—at least one chair too many. If you're having to rearrange things in order to open a drawer, you've got too much stuff laying or stacked around. That amount of stuff may be useful in other contexts or bigger places, but if you have to rearrange the stuff laying around to open a drawer, it's cluttered.Jennifer wrote: ↑07 Oct 2019, 20:03For many people in "normal size" homes, yes (I include myself in this -- like, Jeff and I could get by with less kitchenware than my too-small kitchen holds, but I do not want to, in part because I LIKE having enough pots and pans that I have clean ones to use even when others are still dirty) -- but that doesn't sound like what the author of that piece is talking about:It’s small enough that doing anything—getting the vacuum from a tiny closet or something out of a drawer in the kitchen—often involves a Tetris-like game of moving multiple other things out of the way. Right now, because I have one chair too many, lowering my Murphy bed from the wall means moving the chair, which then blocks something else.
I mean, I'm not saying it's unreasonable to try to de-clutter and go, "No, I can't get rid of any more, and so I just need a bigger space than this." But that's somewhat different from actually getting belongings down to a manageable level in a tiny place and liking that (or not). A place that small requires a lifestyle adaptation, just like living in a cabin in the woods, on a boat, etc.. That adaptation won't be desirable to all people, but other people will like it once they accomplish it. There are people who do like their tiny houses, even if that means they're weirdos.