“Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more.” Confucius
The simplicity of our lives while roaming the planet led us to the same conclusion – less is more. It’s not the easiest road but perhaps the most thoughtful.
It was brilliant how the whole thing came about. Our commercial property had an abandoned studio home out back that we decided to remodel and use as a rental property.
Red tagged on the first day of construction!
The original home was built on the dirt – no foundation. The County allowed us to take the building down in order to build a proper slab foundation as long as we rebuilt using the exact same footprint, roofing material and as much siding as we could.
Before (click on any photo to enlarge):
Just as people fall in love with babies and puppy dogs we fell in love with a tiny home – promptly putting our primary residence on the market. We abandoned the rental concept and decided to make it our home.
Tired of the upkeep required by perfectly engineered shiny Brazilian hardwood flooring we opted for unfinished concrete floors. All the warts of construction are permanently embedded – scuff marks, paint drips and cracks – perfection!
We work where we sleep. It’s crazy but our pull down bed is a desk by day and bed by night. The pivoting motion of the bed allows us to lower the bed while the desk stays fully in place (plugs and all) – articulating to the floor.
Carefully planned built-in cabinets house what remains of our earthly goods. We opted to purge. The kids got all the stuff we stored for them from their childhood – the remainder was donated, sold in a garage sale and a few antiques were sent to a house we have in the Palm Springs area.
The only furniture that went to Mona were two old leather chairs , a mattress and an outdoor patio set.
Bags and bags of clothing were passed on as well for we only have 41″ of closet space. So if you see us wearing the same clothes you’ll know why.
We created an urban garden area out back to grow the square footage.
Steve Jobs said “The greatest wealth is to live content with little.”
In keeping with what Steve Jobs professed and the wisdom gained during construction of Mona, we decided to do the same in Charleston, SC. Withering from boredom in a suburban home where we found ourselves driving almost daily to the historic downtown area, we sold and bought a whopping 514 sq.ft. of luxury right in the heart of Charleston. Walking distance to everything. Completely remodeled and furnished. We moved in with two Asian rugs, a painting and half our clothing. Second garage sale of the year.
We love the look on our friends face’s when they visit for the first time – trying to imagine themselves living tiny. We have everything we need, including a washer/dryer and kitchen, which is – much more than when wandering the globe.
“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” Paulo Coelho