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    • cvdavis

      I foresee a future trend where moderately wealthy people try to live a life with fewer material possessions and try to have a smaller environmental footprint.

      Tiny homes. Multipurpose furniture. Simple, utilitarian but unique and personal spaces and furniture. Fewer apps on their devices. Fewer items of clothing. No vehicle.

      I think many of the things people in poor or crowded cities do, will be taken up by those who could otherwise afford to have many material things and a large house to hold it all.

      I think the movement has already started. Will it grow to be a serious thing or will it be isololated to those who basically have to do it?

      Picture from: https://www.countryliving.com/home-design/g1887/tiny-house/

    • cvdavis

      I read Walden when I was a teenager and you remind me of it :) I'm sure you've read that book by Henry David Thoreau.

      Here's a link to an interesting little article on Walden:
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/why-i-still-love-henry-david-thoreaus-walden/2017/07/12/7b52c35e-66fc-11e7-9928-22d00a47778f_story.html?utm_term=.2331f9a0e82b

    • Us

      The van life, tiny living is a growing moment. I dream of retiring up in the PNW and having a camp ground of sorts for tiny houses and van life folks with community well and solar.
      Have to be cool though! some of the van lifers I see down near the coast etc are litter bugs and bad representation of what could be a very good answer to some of the housing issues we see. container homes add to the list too. Just don't google vardo travel trailers, next to cabinporn you will loss a week in the black hole of wow.

    • mtn_runr

      I am all about minimalist living / van life / cabin life but I really need a book or a convincing article to get my spouse there :) She thinks it's all about giving up comfort!

    • cvdavis

      Take her camping. I'd say that people who enjoy hiking, camping and being in the outdoors are more likely to like the idea of a minimalist lifestyle. It's certainly not for everyone but I think the way to get your wife interested in it is through going outdoors and not via a book. I'm not saying a book couldn't help but going camping for the weekend where there's no cell phone service could help. It could also convince her that she's absolutely right. Maybe go camping with some of the conveniences she likes and slowly simplify things over time and over the course of a few years.

    • mtn_runr

      Indeed, and good suggestion - it's on our list :)

    • Us

      There are some great channels on utube for tiny living that are not always about moving around etc. That might be a good place to start in the education of not giving up comfort.
      this guy has some good stuff
      https://www.youtube.com/user/livingbigtinyhouse
      hard part is most are the trailer or very tiny homes. this is one of my favorites although not a fit for me. Great end speech on this one.
      https://youtu.be/yBjnRvh7Adk

    • cvdavis

      From the number of subscribers and views on the videos this is definitely something that's growing. The question is how much of it is necessity and how much a lifestyle choice? I guess it's both to varying degrees. I wonder how many cities or municipalities will start to make changes to accomodate this? It sort of a new version of trailer or mobile homes. Trailer parks vs tiny homes vill.

    • ivar

      There is a group of tiny houses with people living in them full time around the corner of where I live. There are not a lot of them around that I know of, but there are some here and there.

      I'm not sure I could live in one of them, as I kind of like some space around me and place that I could go to without others. Having said that I am finding myself getting rid of more and more stuff that I own. There is so much stuff that you accumulate over the years that you don't really use or need, but does take up space both physically and mentally.

      Life is hectic enough as it is, many things occupy space in my head, why not get rid of that that I don't need?

      Society has changed a lot from when I was little; everyone is running around like crazy, both parents have to have jobs, kids go to music, sports, etc. 5 times a week. It is simply too much for a lot of people mentally to keep up with for a long period of time. With all that chaos, I sort of see the anti-materialism as a countermovement, get rid of things on one side so you can cope with other stuff on the other side.

      I have a baby boy (8 mos). I also have been fortunate enough that I could take 6 consecutive months parental leave. My son had his food, he slept, we walked around and looked at ducks. What more do you need?

    • cvdavis

      Loved your post - keen insights

    • DanSolarMan

      The tiny house movement has become a science in itself. How to live minimally while cramming the most life into it.

      Fascinating to see the ideas folks are coming up with to live wonderfully while keepin track of very few possessions.

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