Past and Future

Past and Future

Past and Future
– Moving into a tiny house means getting rid of all your stuff. Both Tristan
and I are the nesting type, and since we’ve been in the same house for
almost 2 years, we’ve accumulated a lot of stuff. A lot of tiny house
dwellers talk about feeling free once they get rid of all their crap, and so
far it has definitely been a freeing experience for me. Every item that
walked out of our yard sale made me feel a little bit lighter. I think I
won’t comprehend the full effect until we’ve moved into the wagon, but it
was amazing visually to see all of our possessions spread out in front of
the wagon.

Another plus to getting rid of all of our stuff is that our yard sale
earnings will go directly to help pay for the wagon. In a way, all of that
extra crap gets incorporated into the wagon in the form of funding. So far
we have raised exactly $500 from liquidating our possessions, and we still
have a few big ticket items left to sell. That’s about 1/3 of the total cost
of the wagon.

Which brings me to a simple living point that is one of my very favorite
rants: less stuff in your life = more $ in your pocket. Over the course of
the past two years, we’ve managed to reduce our expenses dramatically. I am
able to save about 15% of my income every month, even though I work 25 hours a week at $14/hr. I buy local, organic food and I eat out more than I
should. And yet, decisions like living without TV and a cell phone really
add up. To me, the Good Things in life are the homemade things, the free
things, the quality time things. Living with this perspective, in my opinion, gives me more freedom than a high income, full time job that sucks
up all my time. Knowing that you can live comfortably on 10k a year or less
is the best security there is.

Moving into the gypsy wagon will greatly reduce our largest living
expense–rent. Living in a house is expensive–living in a house in Santa
Fe’s inflated market is even more expensive. Currently, my share of the rent sucks up almost half of my monthly income! In minimizing our possessions and building a gypsy wagon with solar power, our rent and utilities expenses
will be minimal. For me, this means the difference between being forced to
work a job I don’t like and getting to choose my work more carefully. Not to
mention the fresh air and adventure we will enjoy in our new simplified
dwelling. Oooooooh boy, I can’t wait to hit the road! (by Whittled Down on 2010-05-14 22:24:52 )