Bryan, Gary and I watched a Netflix on Saturday night called ‘Tiny : A Story About Living Small’. movie. The backdrop (from Wikipedia): In the United States the average size of new single family homes grew from 1,780 square feet (165 m2) in 1978 to 2,479 square feet (230.3 m2) in 2007, despite a decrease in the size of the average family. The ‘small house’ movement – also known as the ‘tiny house movement’ is a return to houses less than 1,000 square feet, some as small as 80 square feet (7.4 m2).
The main story is about the effort of two young people who decide to downsize their lives by building a ‘tiny home’ on a flatbed trailer. In the end it took a year and $26,000. The movie features several other small houses as well. To me, the larger points made are the most important. Figure out what you want from life and how you want to live early on. In the really-big-picture perspective, life goes by in a flash. Make conscious choices. Don’t just do what everyone else does (such as buy a house that’s so big and expensive that you can enjoy hardly anything else in life). It is not necessary to keep up with the Joneses’ bigger house and newer car. You are not a ‘better’ person because you own a big house !