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Size matters

To live small is to live mindfully, in every regard.

I recently watched an excellent documentary called Tiny House which focuses on the trials and tribulations of a couple building a 200 sq. ft. home. Builds like this are part of a downsizing movement inspired by people who are either financially fed up and/or who feel strongly about their impact as consumers on the world and the environment.


Tiny home dwellers are absolved of the classic pressures that weigh many people down in this age of consumption. Imagine that you had to pare back everything you own so that it could meet all of your daily needs and within a restricted space?

In so doing, one must shed not only material possessions but any self-consciousness about not following the norm. The couple's family explains that they could never downsize out of fear that their friends and neighbours may believe that they can't afford anything more. And so the buying cycle perpetuates...

People are led astray because they believe that size matters, not realizing that it's not bigger that's better. On seeing this film we can appreciate that a smaller footprint brings with it simplicity, consciousness, freedom and a harmony with the world. 

This is just the beginning of living small, and I can't wait to see where it leads us. In the mean time I will be doing research of my own... 

Do you think you could live in a tiny house?

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