Fall and winter, side by side.

If you were resolving in this new year to clean things up, simplify and maybe downsize your life, then living small might be of interest.

I first looked at this topic concerning home back in 2010, and since then this trend has continued to (ironically) grow bigger.

You can start simplifying by exploring tiny homes.  Perhaps, not even living small, but living in a tiny home.

This not the same thing as my still-active cabin dreams stoked by thoughts of Walden Pond and such.  At this point, living tiny probably seems more like fairly well-off hipsters surrounded by walls of reclaimed wood than Thoreau.

There is no shortage of examples to check out. Look on Instagram.  Watch Tiny House Nation. Check out Pinterest.

Even better, stream this Tiny movie and watch some people build one. I found it fascinating. This is one sweet “cabin.” There are tiny homes and people in RVs, converted buses and re-purposed shipping containers.

tiny posterAfter a decade of travel, Christopher Smith buys a 5-acre plot of land in hopes of fulfilling a lifelong dream of building a home in the mountains of Colorado. With the support of his girlfriend, Merete, he sets out to build a Tiny House from scratch despite having no construction experience.

Tiny: A Story About Living Small is a coming-of-age story not only for a generation that is more connected, yet less tied down than ever, but also for a society that is redefining its priorities in the face of a changing financial and environmental climate.

Dream big and imagine living small.

You can also see “living small” as the flip side of “living large” (“living with an extravagant or self-indulgent lifestyle”). We all do some of this every year: getting rid of things we don’t need, having a smaller environmental footprint, spending less (on rent or a mortgage).

No matter where you build or drop your tiny home, you still live in a not-tiny world, so there will be issues with things like zoning laws and other big realities.

Still curious? After you watch Tiny,

take a look at:
Living Small: The Psychology of Tiny Houses
Living Small | The Atlantic
Living Small, With Money Left Over | WSJ