Both Geoffe (Sir Ivan's father) and Jeffé sent around a link to the NY Times article "Tiny Houses: Less is More." An email dialogue got going and most people longed for the restriction of space to discipline them into NOT following the unfortunate contemporary American trend toward excessive consumerism. I mean, this couple (!) live together on 160 acres of land in a pre-built 65-square-foot (!!) Tumbleweeds Tiny House.
From the article:
"Minimal square footage means reduced maintenance costs, less upkeep and reduced energy consumption...We live in our view rather than look at it,” said Ms. Shepherd, 58, a retired youth counselor and an avid hiker."
Jeffé's girlfriend Ms. Clair Voyant (new Blogorelli name+face) commented that she had read an article about a Japanese woman living in Tokyo who got so into the concept of small space living that she weaned her materials possessions down to only one bowl, one spoon, a plant and a bed. She owned 4 outfits (but how many pairs of shoes, I ask?) and would completely update her wardrobe seasonally, replacing her 4 outfits with 4 new ones.
FRIDAY MEME: In terms of minimal living, how "wee" could you be? (Note: People/pets don't count...there's always rooms for these any living space!)
BLOGORELLI: If forced, I could be pretty minimal...I think? That being said, can I still have my car trunk storage space? Seriously, I'll venture that I could live with only my
- a few toiletries
- enough outfits to switch it up a bit every week (more that *4* though!)
Since I eat out most of the time and wine can be consumed straight from the bottle, any kitchen items could be pared down to
- a french press
- George Foreman Grill (I still need a way to cook my beloved hamburgers!)
Finally, I couldn't live my day-to-day without my
- Bose headphones
and I guess I'd FINALLY need to buy, if only for space-saving reasons
- a laptop