My comment I would have preferred to put at the end of this article as it is slightly off topic, but the computer would not allow me to comment. This is not just a problem in the USA. Consider the London flat. An ordinary sized room (at a relatively cheap rent) converted into a one bed flat by making ensuite and putting a wall down the middle. You are now paying double the rent for living in two small cupboards. £800pcm upwards. Where can you downsize to when you were living in just one room in the first place?

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The consumer dream of minimalism and living small has nothing to do with my family — 5 people in a 1-bedroom home

If you go to Amazon and click the Crafts, Hobbies & Home category of books, you’ll notice two trends: 1) decluttering and 2) tiny-house living. The latter may have been jump-started by ‘Tiny House, Big Living’ on HGTV, but it is now a craze — a movement of people downsizing to live in homes no bigger than a child’s tree house. Within this crusade, there are smaller spin-off TV shows, endless self-help resources and even builders who have given up traditional home building to focus on minimalistic construction.

I’m familiar with the trend. A year ago, we bought a 900-square-foot ranch-style home on a slab. It’s one level, void of a second floor, attic, or basement. The Tiny Life blog states, “The…

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