“Put Your Life on a Diet”

October 28, 2008 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Nonfiction | 5 Comments

Check out the subtitle of Gregory Paul Johnson’s book.  Put Your Life on a Diet: Lessons Learned from Living in 140 Square Feet.  Can you believe it?  Evidently Johnson has spent the last few years living in a tiny little house he built and put on a trailer.  It doesn’t have a kitchen or bathroom – Johnson’s idea is to “outsource” most functions of his house and keep his living expenses so low that he can afford to work part-time.  It’s insulated like a regular house, and he built it for only $15,000.  In my area, where the cheapest house you can find is still nearly $200,000, this sounds mighty appealing.

I’m enchanted by stories like this, because I’m a natural ascetic.  Granted, I’d sooner give up a bed than a bathroom, but I do succeed in living in only 600 square feet myself, and I think it’s the biggest place I’ve ever lived on my own.  I could go down to 300 in a snap.  My dream a few years ago was to live in a tree house.  Now that I’ve read Johnson’s book, I want to copy him and park my little mini house in the library parking lot.

Here’s a picture of Johnson’s house.  And more tiny houses (with bathrooms).  Aren’t they cute?

Okay, readers, where do you stand on the spectrum?  Would you rather have minimalism and freedom, or a palace with everything that entails?  Or somewhere in between?  Do you think you have enough room now, or do you think you have too much stuff?


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

  1. Thanks for this thoughtful post about my book.


  2. Those little houses are really cool. If I didn’t insist on living with over 400 books, and was still single, maybe I could do it.

  3. That’s one of my secrets. I have one bookshelf, and when it’s full, it’s full. If I want any more books, something has to go. One in, one out. (Of course I have another one just for cookbooks, and that would be a little harder to downsize).

  4. I thought I was living tiny in Dorm Sweet Dorm! I don’t know if I could be happy without a bathroom, but I don’t mind small.

  5. Actually, when my husband and I first got married we lived in a one-room basement apartment, sharing the bathroom in the hall w/other tenants. It was crazy. Very claustrophobic. But also the place was very crummy, dirty, bathrooms really foul. If it had been cleaner, I might have found it charming. I shudder just remembering those first four months.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.
Entries and comments feeds.

%d bloggers like this: