Over the weekend, my boyfriend and I stopped to look at a tiny house in the middle of the city. We fell in love: there, in the perfect neighborhood, was this sweet cottage with refinished hardwood floors, an open floorplan, huge windows, a sweet kitchen, and even a tankless water heater. It's already energy efficient! So what's the hold up? It's almost half the size of where we live now. And yet…
We were so inspired by this perfect, charming little house that we went straight home to our apartment and began purging.
We cut our closet almost in half and donated the clothes. Then we moved on to the kitchen, and the laundry room, and the second bedroom...We devised a plan to cut down on storage in every room, and began deciding what things could go. And we decided that we could, in fact, live without half of our stuff.
We think we could take the plunge and live in that tiny abode, a true starter home, but our parents think we're crazy. We see it as a challenge to acquire only the things we need--a way to take our already green lifestyle up a notch. A big notch.
What do you think? Have you ever downsized and wished you hadn't?
Originally published 2009-05-28 - CB
(Image: Cottage Living via AT:Chicago)