We are Susana & Pedro.
We lived and worked in the UK for the last 7 & 17 years respectively and we just got back to our sunny and warm home country – Portugal!
Our dream is to build our own tiny house in the countryside somewhere and live peacefully surrounded by nature, pets and a vegetable garden… for starters 😉
We are interested in researching alternative lifestyles that will allow us to be in harmony with our surroundings and to have more spare time to enjoy the simple things in life!
Downsizing was only the start of this journey. So you want to know what this “Heading Tiny” silliness is about?
Heading Tiny is a personal choice. A search for the harmony between Human and nature while aiming for simpler and more important things. Ultimately, the goal is to free up our time so we can enjoy life becoming immune to the impact of the economy on Humans and also mitigating the effect Humans have on the environment.
It is now 2017 and things have changed a lot since the 1950’s with income inequality and pollution becoming real problems to which many people remain completely unaware of.
” With infinite complacency, people went to and fro over the earth about their little affairs, serene in the assurance of their dominion over this small spinning fragment of solar driftwood which by chance or design man has inherited out of the dark mystery of Time and Space. “
– The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells 1898
Yet, minds that are to our minds as ours are to the beasts in the jungle, corrupted intellects, cool and unsympathetic, regarded this Earth with greedy eyes and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.
Half a century ago a factory worker could afford to buy a house, own a family car, and keep his wife at home taking care of the children. A single wage could support a family. Now this requires two working adults to barely make ends meet! Back then, someone on minimum wage could pay rent with just one week of full-time work. How things have changed.
In February of 2017 the average monthly house rent price was £921 (approximately 1195.92 US Dollars or 1064.32 Euros).
At this time the average wage in the UK is £27 000 per year leaving you with £1 700 per month.
Now add to the cost of rent the other things you usually need in the house like :
- water and sewage at £69
- electricity and gas at £96
- council tax at £134
- TV license at £12.25
- Internet/TV/ Phone at £58
– What’s the average gas bill and average electricity bill in the UK?
– Council tax: how does your bill compare?
– How does your household spend compare to the UK average?
–Cost of running a home in the UK now almost half of all household income
Meaning you already have £370 to spend per month of top of house rent making it £1291 and we’re not even dealing with other important expenses like food, toiletries, House maintenance/insurance, transportation.
From The Telegraph:
“The cheapest place to own and run a three-bedroom home in the UK
is Omagh, Northern Ireland, where the average cost is £922.53 per month.
The most expensive place is Westminster, which costs an average £11,759.93 per month. As for one-bedroom flats, the average monthly running costs in Omagh were £313.27, compared to £4,080.89 in Westminster.”
Heading Tiny is about finding ways to enjoy life with less while also ensuring more of your money stays in your pocket instead of giving it away to a system that is organised against you in many ways. More and more people are waking up to this mentality and understanding we now need to rely on renewable energies and finding alternatives to accommodation.
Hope we can inspire you!
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