Category Archives: Reducing

Tiny House Nation – Season 2 Episode 1

These episodes are a lot of fun, because you get to watch people freak out when it comes to actually reducing their belongs down to the bare necessities…here’s the description.

A Little Rock couple builds a 264 sq. foot mobile honeymoon pad as they prepare to get married and hit the road as traveling nurses. They want plenty of storage space so they have room for their wedding gifts, and they want a large kitchen so they can cook some homemade meals. But most important of all, our hosts John and Zack have to deliver a dream home that can bring these almost newlyweds together in a small space.

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Tiny Home Philosophy Note #297

...life measured through connection
…life measured through connection

I have already posted a few videos on the site talking specifically on the power of decluttering your world and becoming rich through owning less stuff, so I thought I’d throw together a fun little graphic to illustrate the point. Feel free to share. ūüėČ

Living Small – Tiny House Documentary

Published on Dec 21, 2014

Living Small explores the Tiny House Movement through the lives of the people making it happen. The film follows Anderson Page as he builds a tiny house for the first time, discovering the challenges and rewards of constructing one’s own living space. Living Small inspires new ways of thinking about living space and challenges the long-held notion that ‚Äúbigger is better.‚ÄĚ

Moving From Material-centric to Life-centric

Life is a struggle between what we see and what we do and the measure of a person is solely based on the doing. We all wish to be a part of the greater community of humans, but somewhere along the way we have confused conformity in thought with conformity in action.

Now, rising above 6 billion people on the planet this ideology of material things tying us to our social status and therefore our worth as a person is quickly consuming the very things we depend on to survive; clean air, water, biodiversity, rich ecologies that are tied together and not severed by pavement byways and concrete city jungles.

Of course, each generation believes they are at the brink of some epic clash between nature and man. With the sea levels surging into seaside cities now regularly with the tied and CO2 levels higher than the earth has EVER seen. I think, unfortunately it may be true this time.

Eco-Anxiety cover
Eco-Anxiety coverI Chin

There are so many things outside of our ability to control or change. Plenty magazine coined the phrase, Eco-Anxiety in one of their magazine articles that referred to the overwhelming feeling people would get thinking about all of the environmental degradation plaguing us today coupled with the feeling of helplessness. The problem is huge, but there is hope yet.

The tiny home movement is a golden example of shifting the thought process from conformity in material-centric living to a more life-centric focus. That is to say, working to live, rather than living to work. Artists are a great example of this life philosophy.

When you remove the clutter (literally and figuratively) and parse¬†your life down to the things you need, like to play with, and enjoy¬†being around you clear the way for a life to lived for others, yourself and the¬†community around you. You become AVAILABLE to those that matter and those that love you. Not to mention, your bills and expenses become¬†a fraction¬†of what you’r’e used to paying, so you can send it on more frequent vacations and outings with family and friends.

What’s not to love about that?!

So I say to you, challenge your beliefs, your things, and think about what you’d rather be doing than working another double at work.