Yesterday afternoon, Erin and I watched a documentary about a young man who chose to build a “tiny” house and move out to a piece of undeveloped property he purchased in Colorado. Throughout the documentary they interviewed people who chose to live the same way, in very small houses. Some of the houses were less than 100 square feet.

Only having 100 square feet forces you to prioritize what is important to you. You literally don’t have space for things you don’t need.

While, I’m not quite ready to move into my own “tiny” house, it got me thinking about what I really need to live.

It turns out, what I need is far, far less than what I have. And, it’s good to have a reminder of that, but what I struggle with is what do I do with it?

How can I simplify my life?

Do I go through my closet and give away all but a few articles of clothing?

Do I donate all of my books, music, and gadgets?

Do I clear out the linen closet, the pantry, the kitchen cupboards?

Oh, and then there’s the garage… what do I do about that?

I don’t know. It’s overwhelming.

It makes me sick to think about how it’s so easy to just amass stuff. I think I would benefit greatly from going through all of my stuff and pairing down my life, but is that enough?

Father, Husband, Son


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