HOUSTON (KTRK) – They say everything is bigger in Texas. We’re known to have more, bigger, and better, but there’s a movement across the country and in the Lone Star State that calls for less.
On the roof of a flatbed truck in north Houston, in an 8 x 10 foot box, Claire Anderson settles into her new home. With around 100 square meters of living space, it has just enough space for the essentials.
The costume designer and actress gave up her life with rented apartments and storage rooms and built the house herself.
Anderson is among a growing number of Americans investing in the minimalist movement and going to the tiny house extreme.
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Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus wrote a book on minimalism.
“Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people decide which things add value to their lives. It helps them clear clutter out of the way to make room for what is really important, ”said Nicodemus.
The basic idea is that you eliminate all superfluous things in your life and exist only with what you need to survive. Then, spend your time and energy indulging in your true passions without the stress of constant consumption.
“I got rid of one thing a day for 30 days just to see what would happen and as I got going it got easier and easier and I realized that our memories are not in things, our memories are in us. ”said Millburn.
Minimalism isn’t for everyone, but Anderson says it suits her perfectly. So far, she has spent $ 2,500 on the entire project.
“Last night I sat here on my floor for dinner and was home. It was the first time in my life, it’s so exciting and I love it!” She said.
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