Over the past couple of years I’ve been reading (and fantasizing) a lot about small house design, cob building, yurts, earthships, etc. What I’ve found in a lot of books and reading blogs like this one is that many of these places are built out in the desert. Which begs the question: why? I understand that a lot of people prefer the desert climate, but there has to be more to it than that. Is land cheaper? Relaxed building codes?
When I fantasize about my future little cabin, not only is it in the cool green of a wood, but it is also in a place with four seasons. And the summer part of the four seasons isn’t this 100 degree bullshit we’re in the midst of in Houston right now.
I know where a lot of the small dwelling desire comes from on my end – it’s a direct reaction to feeling like I own too much stuff. If I spent my 20s and 30s amassing stuff, I think my 40s will be focused on slowly getting rid of stuff. I will keep my books, but I will get rid of clothes, kitchen items I never use, furniture that no one sits on, stuff like that.
For instance, I have two stand mixers – one from my mother and one from my grandmother. On the very few occasions that I use a mixer, I pull out the small hand mixer, ignoring the larger machines. I think I’ve kept both out of a sense of nostalgia. But, really, would moving my grandmother’s mixer from house to house while never using it be more meaningful than, say, cooking a recipe that she used to make and having that taste memory?
In an attempt to not feel wasteful just throwing things away, perhaps I’ll post a list of stuff as I go. Maybe I can find new homes for these items. Want some stuff?