So She Downsized


From :  Beth Norrgard spent the last decade of her 25 years in the legal profession working as a paralegal for one lawyer. But when her boss reached retirement age, she didn’t relish the thought of starting over in another law office.   “So I just decided to walk away from everything,” she said.

Getting rid of most of her possessions was liberating, she said. She saved sentimental items like a wooden candlestick her father made, photo albums, a few favorite clothes, a couple bowls, a couple plates, an induction burner and a toaster oven. Her hardcover fiction books were the hardest to part with. Once she got rid of the books, she said it was like a mental block and everything else flew out of the house.

“You don’t need all that stuff,” Norrgard said. “It frees you up to have more time for family and be outside and getting back to basics, living more sustainably.”

Her tiny house sits on an 8-by-16-foot heavy-duty utility trailer. The house is 6 feet wide and 13 feet long. It has a 2-foot porch. There is…. Read More

Originally posted 2016-03-05 19:08:29.

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