Given that our most valuable (and irreplaceable) assets are our time and our health, are we making the most of what we have?
Many of us spend 80% of our time doing things we don’t want (stressful jobs, commuter traffic, household maintenance), and sacrificing our emotional, mental, and spiritual health.
What if we restructured our lives to work less, play more, and spend longer periods of time outside? What if we amped up the love and joy?
Is it possible to live abundantly on half (or 1/4) of our current incomes?
We can do this in four steps:
- Re-envision what is possible.
- Research how to do it.
- Declutter (both materially and psychically)
- Redesign with different components.
#1 – The first step to re-envisioning = redesigning our living spaces, because we spend the majority of our time in, and our income on, where we live.
There is no reason to pay rent or mortgage, or to be stuck in jobs or life trajectories where our best energies are wasted supporting landlords or finance companies.
Re-read that last sentence. Let it sink in.
We can choose to reformat our lifestyles so most of our time/energy/money goes to support ourselves and our families.We can upgrade our lives by restructuring our homes, and we can do so with only $5000, $10,000 or $20,000.
#2 – The most economical, accessible tiny homes are upcycled: from vans, buses, vintage trailers, storage containers, or recovered construction materials. Depending on how much we are willing to research, and how well we can bargain, we can purchase something that becomes ours permanently, with no debt.
#3 – Decluttering is essential. To bring new, more wonderful things into our lives we have to let go of the junk. Consider the “spark joy” philosophy and apply it liberally and continuously. For every single item we bring into our homes, we need to ask: is it beautiful? Is it multi-functional? Do I enjoy using it?
#4 – Once we have our new lifestyle templates, we redesign! We envision what we most want in our new life: more light-filled rooms? More energy-efficient appliances? More plants? An outdoor living space?
When tiny home owners become designers and contractors, we save a ton of money up front and over the long term, because we source all our materials and we know how to maintain everything we install.
By carefully designing all of our systems: electricity, heat, water, storage, and waste management, we create freedom. For example, my bus conversion allows me to live anywhere: on or off-grid, with or without electricity, water, and waste hookups.
If our principles = living the most fulfilling, harmonious, beautiful lives possible, we might need to reconfigure our approach.