“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.
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?