Graham Hill Downsized His Life And Enjoyed It More. Why Can’t We All Do The Same?

Simple Studio ApartmentGraham Hill’s article “Living With Less. A Lot Less.” in the NY Times is an inspiring read. Mr. Hill, serial entrepreneur and founder of, got rich early and had filled 5500 sq. ft of living space in two cities with stuff and then decided to simplify his life and belongings into a 420 sq. ft studio. From the NY Times:

“I LIVE in a 420-square-foot studio. I sleep in a bed that folds down from the wall. I have six dress shirts. I have 10 shallow bowls that I use for salads and main dishes. When people come over for dinner, I pull out my extendable dining room table. I don’t have a single CD or DVD and I have 10 percent of the books I once did.”

If you get a chance, read the full article and see if it inspires you to downsize your life.

Our household of five doesn’t live all that large but I can not wait to downsize the inside of our house and our outside lives. What’s holding us back? Unlike Graham Hill and like many families, it’s our elem/teen/tweenage kids that might suffer from the drastic change of downsizing while they’re still in school. Now on the day my youngest heads to college, our house will be abuzz because everything will go. Not storage – instead we’ll donate, give away and sell what we can because we’ll never live larger. T-minus 8 years and counting! [NY Times]


Documentary “TINY” Is About A Couple Building Their Less Than 200 Sq. Ft. Dream Home

I truly believe that the desire to live in a tiny house started when as kids, we built forts out of empty cardboard boxes. It was our comfortable space that we stocked with blankets, stuffed animals and possibly food rations. Unfortunately, the idea of living in and enjoying a small space is something most of us grow out of but for Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith of Colorado, it’s still real. They built their tiny home out of re-purposed wood and made a movie about it, “TINY”, documenting the build and why they decided to go small.

Merete and Chris are often asked through their blog why they just didn’t purchase a pre-fab single wide or RV and for them, building from “scratch” was the whole point of the project. They also liked that their tiny-house felt like a home.

For now, the movie is on pre-order and only available on DVD but hopefully it’ll be available online soon. [Core77]