The "tiny house" movement seems to have gained popularity in recent years, with a great divide between those who thought it was a great idea, and others who thought it was completely ridiculous. Tiny houses are usually no larger than 500 square feet and can either have a foundation or be completely mobile. Many people choose this lifestyle if they want to travel, decrease their carbon footprint, or if they simply want to live more cheaply.

There are lots of beautiful, striking photos online of tiny homes and the people who live in them, but it's easy to make something look glamorous when in reality it's not all it's cracked up to be. I was curious to see if everyone who lived in a tiny house loved their situation, and I found a video that confirmed my suspicions that this wasn't the case. Things I'd never even thought about before, like ventilation, cleaning, dealing with local ordinances, and even having guests over are all struggles when you live in such a small space. Even despite hearing all the cons about living small, I still felt a little envy--people who live in houses like these have the freedom to go wherever they want, they don't have to pay taxes on their property, and they don't have to feel so bogged down by having a lot of possessions the way many people do in their regular-sized homes. As with all things, there are upsides and downsides.

What about you? Do you think this lifestyle is more freeing and less stressful, or would you rather put up with the maintenance and bills having a than give up the comforts of a regular house?