Epiphanies from the Tiny House Lifestyle
Get something new at the grocery store every time you go. There’s way too much variety in life to not make a conscience effort to try and experience as much as possible of it. Food is one thing you definitely won’t clutter your life with.
You don’t need to live a lifestyle of minimalism but try to avoid American materialism. Challenge the “throw away” mentality that we’ve embraced and think about the world you’re leaving for the next generation – your ecological footprint. Focus on the quality of the things and more importantly the people in your life instead of filling it with a bunch of stuff that doesn’t even bring you happiness.
We adapt to the space we’re confined to. If you have a large space, you feel the need to fill it with things whether you need them or not. If you limit the amount of space you have it forces you to focus on the essentials and make choices about what your priorities are. There are certain sacrifices in efficiency when you don’t have every last tool or gadget at your disposal, but even if you did, you’d have to be incredibly organized and maintain a large space to make that work. How practical is that?
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” ~ Psalm 24:1
“Do not store up for yourself treasures on earth, where moth and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds in the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like on of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow thrown in the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~ Matthew 6