The American Dream has virtually always been: more + bigger = better.
The fad and trend that's predominated the last many decades has been to stretch yourself to the limit in order to acquire the most impressive home possible. This home would prove that you were successful, and obviously make you comfortable and happy.
Over many decades, that's turned into crazy-big homes which required large incomes to buy and maintain, along with massive consumption of resources to build and live in.
Now-a-days, it's not surprising that the new trend is all about the teeniest tiniest home possible. The pendulum tends to swing, doesn't it? Like most things in life, we tend to learn from experience and then often run the other way. Now, the smaller, more minimal and more mobile a home, the better.
Tiny is fine if that's what you really need or want, but it's pretty extreme and unsustainable by most standards.
A more manageable and still meaningful downsize might mean reclaiming older, smaller homes and shifting to a less consumerism mentality, while still participating in a mainstream community and lifestyle.
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There are so many reasons that I think smaller homes are the answer to so many of the gaps in life.
And when I say smaller, I definitely do not mean tiny. (I've got more on that below...)
In this post I am focusing on artful details. The idea is that you might choose to purchase or stay and renovate a small home, rather than spread your resources and budget over a bigger but more typical (and boring) space.
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Updated. Originally written July 2020.
National Simplicity Day is coming up on Monday July 12th.
This is sort of a special "holiday" for us here at The Whiskey Porch because it's at the core of what we are all about. After all, our tag line is "cultivating contentment & possibility in a smaller & simpler lifestyle."
And, now more than ever, it just feels like we are all seeking refuge and inspiration to lift our spirits as we recover from this wild insanity of the last couple years. So it goes without saying, that finding pleasure and calm in simple ideas is something many of us are striving for now.
The celebration originated in honor of Henry David Thoreau, who lived in Concord, Massachusetts from July 12, 1817 to 1862.
First, who was he, and why does it matter? And then, we've got 5 Great Ways for You to Celebrate Simplicity Day.
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Hey there. I'm Miriam ~ and I've been doing this my whole life. It's my passion.