The small house movement is gaining steam. Google “small house” and you’ll get a billion hits. It’s not a surprise with the economy crumbling that people are looking alternatives to McMansions with high monthly payments and adjustable rate mortgages.
Thoreau went to the woods to live small and is, perhaps, the literary inspiration for the small house movement and the many books which document modern attempts to live small and more sustainably. Thoreau exhorted us thusly: “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.”
I have lived both small and large and will confess to a preference for more space. That said, circumstance requires that we all make better use of resources and space. And, living small can be comfortable, efficient, more sustainable, less wasteful.
The Small House Society has a ten minute video that give an overview of what’s going on in the small house movement.
Tiny House Living puts out an interesting weekly newsletter with lots of information on small houses.
This line of Italian furniture, no doubt very expensive, shows how it’s possible to make use of space.
I’ve always thought Thoreau was kind of a nag. He left the pond after two years and a couple months. He opted for “civilization.” But he left a legacy of living small that is gaining momentum once again.