Shrinking the Bedroom Down To 108 Square Feet

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Just 10 shots or so of how the bedroom now looks after I’ve taped it off to right at 8 feet wide and about 13.5 feet long. Obviously the finished house will depend upon the size of the trailer I eventually get to build the small structure upon. For illustrative purposes, however, this should provide a nice visual on making progress with de-cluttering and minimizing my life.
I was struck by just how much space I actually had once I moved furniture into the taped off space. Mom was even less concerned about the fact I had so little in my room after the de-cluttering. She’s beginning to get it.
And that makes me think that if you stick to your guns, believe what your after and just keep doing it, those closest to you might eventually come around. We’ll see!
The other thing that struck me was how much space a bed uses. By most accounts, the small houses I’ve seen blueprints for or videos about all tend to have the sleeping quarters up in the loft area. Of course this makes sense because there’s no need for an attic/storage area since I’ll have nothing of excess to store. Right? ๐Ÿ˜‰
Some of the design ideas that have started to flow about what I’m calling Tiny Enterprise (how could I not?!) will have my sleeping area in that loft with a skylight that opens up wide to allow access to Nature’s breezy cooling system. I’ll also have plenty of solar cells up there somewhere as well.
Can’t wait to start working on the drawings of this thing. Have you designed or built a small house? If so, did you create the plans yourself, or simply rely upon some of those available online? Share your experience and any advice you might have as I begin this journey.
And Thanks!!

Minimal Treatment of My Bedroom

Embedded below you should (hopefully!) see the Picasa Web Album I processed and uploaded this morning. Though I didn’t think to take “before” photos this is where my journey towards a minimalist lifestyle officially starts.
What the heck does that mean? Well, in a nutshell, I’ve started reflecting long and hard about the excessive consumerism literally thrust upon us (especially here in the Western world). For quite some time now, I’ve wanted to get free of possessions; free from the need of “things”. Unfortunately, those yearnings tend to last right up until I get my next TigerDirect.com email offer (or snail mailed catalog). Or until I’m bombarded by any of the hundreds of advertising and marketing messages attempting to pry their way into my cortex every waking moment of every day.
Do you feel this as well? If so, there is something you can do about it. Let it all go. I’ve recently subscribed to Leo’s mnmlst site, and even his latest post about Letting Go of Fake Needs is a great example of just how brain washed we (unfortunately) might find ourselves.
So, behold my newly minimized bedroom. I’ve actually already made some more reductions and am feeling just fine (thank you very much, Mom!) And why am I doing all this? Now? Because I need freedom. For me that means being able to get up and go without the price tag of worry about “all my stuff” (normally I’d use another word starting with “S” ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
And I desperately desire to learn and grow and expand my opportunities with this site. In order to do this I have some major game plans in the works. If you’re new here and you’re interested in lightening the burden society forces you to shoulder every day of your life, stick around. There is more to come. Much, much more.
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Here’s a very short video with narration up at my YouTube page. Enjoy!