Everyone has their own reason to minimize and downsize. Mine had to do with creating a lifestyle free of debt and full of the flexibility to do what I want with my day, everyday.
After designing, building and occupying a 196 square foot home, I often find myself explaining that it’s really not about the (tiny) house — its about the life it enables me to live.
It's so easy to get caught up in the rat race and compete with the proverbial Joneses. I know it was for me. After graduating college, I landed my "dream job" in architecture, in my hometown of Boise, Idaho — exchanging 40 to 60 hours weeks for a great paycheck so I could buy my starter home, get married and drive a nice car.
Ultimately, I was strapped with debt and stuck in a loop. Work occupied much of my week, leaving little time to do the things I enjoyed like going out with friends and enjoying a social life with my then husband. What once was a desirable lifestyle had quickly become a very heavy obligation and I realized how unrewarding this path was for me.
I needed a change. My partner and I were not on the same page — the lifestyle I hated was one that he loved and we ultimately decided to part ways. I started a massive downsizing effort that led me to find great satisfaction in living minimally. Three years later, in 2011, my tiny home journey began.