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How Much Space Do You Really Need?

A husband and wife discuss how much space is too much.

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  1. dew

    Thank you Paul and Andrea. This is a very important and timely subject. I live in a tiny house with a loft here in Arkansas, and I love it and would NOT live any other way. This weekend, I read the following from a book on loan from the library, and I recommend it to you.
    Chapter 1 – “Earliest Memories of the Great Depression” – Bessie Blackmall: “We started out with one room. Then, a kitchen and a bedroom with a fireplace. Mother cooked on a woodstove. There were six persons living in the house—my parents, two sisters, and two brothers, …..” (Page 49)
    Beulah Lee Mcleod Evans – “Memories of her mother” — Viola McLeod was a small person, but she had more guts than anybody nearly. She was a very religious person, I remember her a lot of times in the back yard walking around under those big oak trees, and her mouth moving. She was praying. She prayed us all through.” (Page 51) –Stories of Survival: Arkansas Farmers During the Great Depression William Downs Jr. (Author)January 2, 2011
    Through dozens of in-depth interviews representing all sections of the state, farm families recall their best times, their worst times and day-to-day experiences such as chores, washing, bathing, clothes making, medical care, home remedies, spiritual life, courtship and marriage, school experiences, etc. Their stories reveal how ordinary men and women, frequently living in abject poverty, endured cataclysmic natural disasters and economic collapse with extraordinary courage, faith, resourcefulness, and a good sense of humor.

  2. dew

    Mary Frances Lovell Izard – “Description of our one-room house. The ‘little house’ as it was referred to had one square room which contained two beds and a couple of straight chairs (as opposed to rocking chairs). There was room for little else. There were no closets, maybe a small ‘chest of drawers’, to hold folded clothes. Other clothes were hung on nails that were driven into the walls. The house was built with uncured rough boards bought from the sawmill or our own logs cut from our land, which the sawmill cut into planks. The house was not underpinned but was built on pillars of large local rocks. There was another small room attached to the back of the square room. It had a sloping roof and was referred to us as a lean-to’ room used for the kitchen and eating area. It contained a wood-burning stove, a cupboard, and a table with chairs for the adults and a bench behind the table for children.”
    Stories of Survival: Arkansas Farmers During the Great Depression William Downs Jr. (Author)January 2, 2011
    I adored reading this book, and I had to share more with you and Andrea.
    Barefootin’, living in a tiny home with NO closets in near rural Arkansas, sipping slowing spring water
    Ps. 91

  3. Mary LaRocca

    you two are so much fun, thanks for the Monday morning crack me up, “the three S’s”, Paul, you did not include the ladies on that one! I sell my stuff on ebay, that is how we’ve been surviving since I lost my job 2 years ago… blessings to you, love your videos…

  4. dew

    Maimie H. Mays – “What was a typical day on the farm?” Get up early! We at breakfast went out to work in the field. Then we would rest a while and then go back to the fields. Then we would come back, take our baths, all in the same water…..Mama would always tell us a Bible story, saying the Lord would take care of us through the night. She was the main one. Then we would go to bed.” (Page 54)
    Stories of Survival: Arkansas Farmers During the Great Depression William Downs Jr. (Author)January 2, 2011

    Kenneth Guy Lacy “Keeping out the cold.” – We had no electricity, only a kerosene lamp and light from the fireplace in the winter. Most of the families were large having several children. I remember Mom would make down pallets on the floor for the kids. It was just they ways of life and was accepted as such, our not ever having known anything else. (Page 53)

  5. dew

    The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing Bronnie Ware (Author), this author writes: Regret Two– “Out of the afternoon peace John stated, ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard, Bronnie. I looked across at him. He needed no encouragement to continue. ‘I worked too damn hard and now I am a lonely dying man. The worst part is that I have been lonely for the whole of my retirement and I need not have been.’ I listened as he told me the whole story. John and Margaret had raised five children, four of whom now had children of their own. When all the children were adults and gone from home. Margaret asked John to retire. But he always said they might need more. Margaret replied each time that they could sell their huge, now mostly empty house and buy something more suitable if required, freeing up more money. For fifteen years this battle went on between them, while he kept working. Margaret was lonely and longed to discover their partnership again without children or work…. One evening with Margaret in tears, begging him to finally retire, he looked at this beautiful woman and realized that not only was she desperately lonely for his company, but they were both old people now. This wonderful woman had waited so patiently for home to retire. But it was the first time in his life John considered they were not going to live forever. (Page 72)
    PAUL, you must get a copy of this book and read!!!!!!

  6. Tom Saggio

    Good Video Paul, Made me really think do i really need all this stuff? No i dont. Made me feel good to get rid of all this extra stuff around the house. Have a yard sale and make some extra money.

  7. Yvonne

    Hi Paul and Andrea, love the video. My husband and I live in a 34′ fifth wheel so we definitely don’t have a lot of stuff. Four years ago we sold our house and got rid of all our stuff and moved to Costa Rica. We went there with two big suitcases and one small suitcase each, it was so liberating! We did leave a few winter clothes at my daughter’s and a small container of sentimental items such as photo albums. I certainly don’t have nearly as many clothes as most women but I have what I need, and then some. We are now back in Canada and will be traveling in our fifth wheel between here and Florida. I can’t imagine living in a big house full of stuff, I love our small space! Maybe we’ll come and see you sometime.

  8. dew

    ‘She’s using me to stay in U.S.’ claims woman accused of keeping illegal immigrant a captive servant at 20,000-sq-foot mansion, paying $26,000 for FIVE YEARS work
    • Prosecutors said V.M. is due at least $240,000 in wages and $79,000 in overtime based on the minimum wage
    • She was removed in May 2011 after her son in India called the National Human Trafficking Resources Center
    • Annie George faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of harboring an illegal immigrant for private financial gain
    PUBLISHED:15:56 EST, 18 August 2012| UPDATED:22:49 EST, 18 August 2012
    V.M. worked for Annie George (pictured) and her late husband at their 20,000-square-foot mansion

    She also may testify at trial, along with the immigration investigators who removed her from George’s home, after first being told she wasn’t there. Prosecutors said V.M. was eventually pushed out a side door of the mansion without her bags, later got them and found her diary missing. They said V.M. was paid about $26,000 for more than five years of cooking, cleaning and child care every day from 5:30 a.m. to almost midnight. She spoke little English, never saw a doctor or dentist, seldom left the house and was taken to an immigration lawyer once but got no documents. She worked in the family’s homes first in Catskill in the Hudson Valley, suburban Albany and then the more than 20,000-square-foot stone mansion called Llenroc, 15 miles northwest of Albany.

  9. Aime

    Hi Paul
    So glad you are talking about this. Hope your listeners pay attention & take heed. Our family of 5 lives in a 700 sq ft yurt with 2 dogs. We are so grateful for the simple home & belongings we do have that we do NEED. Glory to God!!! Here in the USA we think we NEED so much yet we really don’t. There are many more important things in life. It’s harder to follow Jesus when you have such a load to carry. Clothes, shoes, closets & big house are certainly NOT important!

  10. Sheryl

    Your poor wife! lol She needs closets. You don’t but she does. You’re right about stuff owning us but there’s nothing wrong with closets. lol you are too funny.

  11. Romy

    Thanks Paul and yes 2-3 pair of shoes is enough
    I wear yoga sandals almost every day in FL, they also seperate your toes and give great back support.
    Small walk in closet is ok as long as you start donting clothes ever so often.
    Remain blessed ~

  12. Natalie

    In our house, my husband has work boots, and goes through them like crazy, we have watershoes, lawnshoes, a couple pairs of sneakers, a couple pairs of dress/casual shoes.
    I have different shoes to go with different outfits and for different season. I give TONS of clothes and shoes away when I don’t wear them or when I need something new! I think a huge closet is crazy, I use my closet to store linens and lots and lots of other stuff besides clothes and shoes. But I have minimized a lot, and donated tons of stuff. It feels nice. Less clutter

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