Do you want to simplify your life?  I mean really simplify it?  How about simplify it and save a ton of money in the process?  Of course there’s a catch, but it’s one that might be worth thinking a little about.

You’ve probably heard about what they call “tiny homes.”  They’re basically normal homes only they’re just a few hundred square feet in size.  A lot of people are joining the movement toward these little houses, and if you listen to what they say in articles and videos, most of them didn’t make the move just to save money.

They made the move to save their peace of mind.  Or restore it.

The video I’m putting up here is one of many videos that showcase tiny homes and the lifestyles of the people who live in them.  These houses, when set up right, have everything you need to live your daily life.  Key word there is “need.”  There are all kinds of things a person may want that won’t be able to fit in a tiny home – pool tables, game rooms, 150-inch TVs, a master bedroom with a Jacuzzi.  But people who choose this lifestyle focus on needs, not wants.

Why would anybody do that?  The answer’s kind of deep, but still pretty simple: when you only meet your needs, you free up your mind to focus on what’s really important.  Now, I like my “wants” as much as the next guy, and I’m not encouraging anybody to sell everything they own and move into a house that’s about half the size of their garage.  But imagine how it would feel to be out from under all the items you own.

Imagine a lifestyle where you don’t have the majority of those things and don’t miss them.  Don’t need them.  Cleaning your house takes seven minutes.  Painting the exterior takes about an hour and a half if you rent a sprayer.  Putting on a new roof might set you back $250.

Imagine no credit card debt – because you have no place to put all the stuff you’d buy with those cards.  Imagine really talking with your wife or husband or kids, getting to know them in an undistracted world.

These are the types of reasons that many people give for transitioning into a tiny home.  Saving money is a part of it, but the bigger part is living a life where you feel free and easy, a life where you own the things you own – and aren’t owned by them.

Most of us could probably make a few changes even in our “great big” houses that would bring us more peace of mind, more connection with those we really care about.

It’s something to think about anyway.

Nick Glidewell

Here’s a lot of information and statistics about tiny-home living.

Here’s a tiny house that’s powered by coffee.