COULD YOU LIVE IN A 320 SQ. FT. HOME? THIS COUPLE MADE THE MOVE

In the tiny town of Two Rivers, WI where I spent part of my childhood, there is a tiny house that would draw chuckles from my family every time we drove by it. Essentially, it looked like a glorified cardboard box: four walls and a staircase. I always wondered how someone could live in such a tiny home. Then I saw the story below, and now I know why at least one family would sell most of their stuff to live in a 320 sq. ft. house.

Debra and Gary were working four jobs after Gary lost his original job two years ago. At the time, they were living in a 2,000 sq. ft. home on an acre and a half of land. While searching for ways to downsize, they had an epiphany:

Before having their son, Debra and her husband Gary had spent 9 years living in very tiny homes in South America. Living small hadn’t felt like a sacrifice, but a way to stay focused on what is important. They decided they wanted to get back to that.

They stopped working so hard, sold or gave away all of their extra stuff and began looking for the perfect tiny home.

The “perfect tiny home” is a $15,000, 320 sq. ft. abode with a separate work studio. They now live there with their 13-year-old son and claim the home can sleep “6 people comfortably, probably 8 to 10 people uncomfortably.” Faircompanies.com says “they have a walk-in closet, full-sized appliances and even an antique bed,“ and ”their son has his own lofted bedroom big enough for sleepovers.”

Below, you can take a tour of the home with Debra: 

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Two years ago, Debra and her family lived in a nearly 2000 square foot home on an acre and a half of land. Then her husband lost his job and they began to work 4 jobs between them to pay the mortgage, until one day they remembered they had a choice.

Before having their son, Debra and her husband Gary had spent 9 years living in very tiny homes in South America. Living small hadn’t felt like a sacrifice, but a way to stay focused on what is important. They decided they wanted to get back to that.

They stopped working so hard, sold or gave away all of their extra stuff and began looking for the perfect tiny home.

Debra had always liked the Mississippi shotgun style homes, (This is the type of home Elvis and his family lived in.) and one day, while browsing craigslist, they noticed an ad for a local Arkansas company custom building tiny homes for a price that could mean an end to house payments.

Six weeks and $15,000 later they had their own fully paid-off dwelling. Today, Debra, her husband and 13-year-old son live in a 320-square foot home that is not a sacrifice, but exactly what they need.

Could you do it?

(Read more at Faircompanies.com; H/T: Gawker)

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I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place".
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One Response to COULD YOU LIVE IN A 320 SQ. FT. HOME? THIS COUPLE MADE THE MOVE

  1. Paul says:

    Wow…terrific

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