Incredible Shrinking Home

21 Feb

Growth is possible only when we recognize our identities are not what we have, but what we do with it.

 2005 production of Chekhov’s “Ivanov” outdoor theater set design by Catherina Scholten’s 


I used to imagine that people moving into a small home would mourn the event the same way one experiences grief.  And once all the stages were completed that one meets the acceptance stage with a certain amount of weariness.  A sort of giving in, if you will.

And then it happened!  A company in Scotland began making live-in tree houses.   Learning this changed how I thought of homes.  Instead of feeling like I’d be without, I began dreaming of the great out-door adventures I’d have.  Oh, just the thought made me giddy!


Of course the downside to such an arrangement is that one has to be mindful about their things.  For someone coming from a much larger home (or a hoarder home), the task of minimizing is an extraordinary risk.  Heck, even those who have downsized find the idea of paring off even more a little daunting.  So, how to do it?  What does one keep, toss, gift???

Ahhh . . . this is a question, my friends, that even those at the 100 Things Challenge debate.


The challenge starts out with the absurd: Do you honestly need five desks?  Are four refrigerators, freezers, coolers a bit too much?  Frankly, how many of those winter coats stored away are you going to use this season?

The more you pare down the more the challenge grows: is a set of plates one item or twenty?  Is a pair of socks one item or two?

Eventually the challenge flips itself.  It becomes a discovery of self: finding the items worth fighting for.  Would  you choose Mamma’s locket, daddy’s pipe, or rare pictures of all us siblings at the zoo for the half-filled sticker book from fifth grade?

Ultimately, the act of moving into a smaller home, a smaller space, a dorm room even, is about finding the core items that work for you.

Never make your home in a place.  Make a home for yourself inside your own head.  You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things.  That way it will go with you wherever you journey. ~ Tad Williams


One Response to “Incredible Shrinking Home”

  1. Teresa I. Becker February 23, 2013 at 3:47 am #

    I found this so interesting, I pinned it onto my Pinterest site – Pinterest/solacevillage. You are a great writer!

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