When Kathleen Jones retired and her daughters and grandchildren moved from their home in Boulder, Colorado, she decided to fulfill her dream of living in a tiny cottage on an island.
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Artist and writer Cathy Johnson doesn’t live in a tiny house, but she loves the idea of tiny cabin getaways. She has one about 30 miles outside of Kansas City, where she lives in a suburban bedroom community.
It’s that time of the year when we need to start stocking up on essentials. I’m running a bit behind this year due to what we’re calling our non-move back to the city.
But last week, I started to make some vegetarian red beans and rice on one of the last cold and wet days we’ve had.
I looked in my pantry and sure enough, I didn’t have any vegetable stock. (more…)
Minimalist is a word used frequently in the Tiny and Small House Movement. We take it to mean someone who doesn’t have more possessions than they absolutely need. Some go as far as defining it by saying you can have no more than 100 possessions.
This past weekend, I saw a link to a blog post in my Facebook feed entitled, The Problem with Minimalism.
The writer defines the problems as:
- Minimalism is for the rich who can simply use smaller (high priced) digital gadgets in favor of a backpack full of items (such as an iPad that can do the work of a notebook, address book, cheaper/older laptop, etc.)
- Minimalism still makes stuff the focus of your life.
I’m not sure I totally agree with his first point, but can see his argument.
On his second point, I do believe that trying to cut your life down to fewer than 100 items or whatever your definition of minimalism is, does still make stuff the focus of your life.
I see it in the same vein as someone who tries to define the Tiny/Small House Movement in square footage.
In case you missed it, Kent started a conversation over on his Tiny House Blog last month about how to convince your spouse to live in a small space.
I didn’t have time to join in the discussion, but wanted to make a few points about living small and making it work for two people.
For us, there was no “convincing,” neither of us actually thought we would be staying in a 480-square foot space and if we had known what we know now, I doubt either of us would have made the move.
Truthfully, I told my aunt a few months after we got here, “I cannot live in this small of a house!”