A few years ago I bought a rather large house in the White Mountains of Arizona. The house was at an elevation of over 7000 feet and had huge natural wooden beams in the vaulted ceiling and on the 27 step staircase to the loft. The fireplace was built of natural stone. It was a beautiful house with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. It was actually to large for myself, but I loved it.
Shortly after I moved into it, I discovered a tiny village near Show Low, Arizona. I spotted a tiny house for sale and immediately fell in love with it. It was rustic and had a lot of character. Although the tiny village was not off grid, it was somewhat off grid, only a few miles from town. I was disappointed because if I hadn’t purchased my large house, I would have purchased the tiny house and have experienced a new lifestyle.
Now I live in a small 1000 foot home. The size feels large with the exception of having literally no storage space, something I neglected to notice when I purchased it, but because of its size, I know that I could downsize again and minimize what I have on an even smaller scale.
I think about how when we release what we do not need and minimize our collection of material goods, that we see and experience life in a new and different way. What was once important, no longer is. Our time is not spent on yard work, cleaning the house, or making home repairs, but is spent on what truly matters to us.
Large houses cost more money to repair, to heat, and to cool. The more space we have, the more stuff we naturally accumulate.
It’s inspiring to watch others downsize and live tiny. At a time when life is so precious and most of us are facing some kind of major life change or challenge, it leads me to reflect on what I have, what’s important, and what needs to go.
Tiny living? I would love to experience it some day. I don’t want to get lost in the clutter of life. One or two frying pans, a few forks and spoons, what else do we need other than a home filled with soul.