Today the snow is finally gone. I can see the carpet of leaves again. Oddly enough, there are still leaves on the trees. An occasional gust of wind will send a slew of them blowing to the ground.
I've found myself spending hours on the internet lately looking at tiny homes, tiny mobile homes, tiny house living. My heart still yearns to travel that path.
I would have thought going from my house in Texas, which was about 2200 square feet, to this current rental, which is just over 1000 square feet, would have made me feel that I was greatly downsizing. But I want to do more.
I do believe this concept of living is more a movement than a choice of square footage. It is living with less, with a feeling of greater happiness. And of course, less debt.
I look about me, and I know I could easily give up many things to live in a smaller home. I don't want to go the micro mini of 100-200 square feet. I would bump into myself turning around!
No, I would like to have perhaps 500-600 square feet. Maybe smaller if it was laid out in an open fashion. I think of the money I would save to heat and cool my home. To have less to tend with, to clean. I would like a much smaller yard, so that I could more easily handle it alone.
I have looked into container home living (think shipping containers). The house above is built from shipping containers.
And then "shed" living is becoming popular as well. Add some solar panels and you could live very economically.
I doubt the desire for large homes will dim anytime in the near future. And if you have the money to live in that size home, why not I suppose.
But I would feel so much lighter if I had a place that was close to being paid for and cost very little every month to heat, cool, etc.
More and more people seem to be going the route of buying a house they can actually pay for, and living a less hectic lifestyle.
Just as I did as a young girl, I still see a white picket fence. Or who knows, I might get a wild hair and paint it red.
If this dream ever comes to fruition for me, I suppose it's just as well that I already have a skinny-minny Christmas tree.