At the Village, we are focused on sustainable, green living, which can mean considerable downsizing. My wife and I went from a 5,000 square foot house to a 1,400 square foot house. I designed it myself and although there are a few things I would change about it, we love our little house in the woods.
We find that we have an increased sense of ownership of things that count instead of being owned by our stuff.
Today, I ran across an article that does a nice job of discussing the changes in mentality and lifestyle that are required to make that shift. It points out that this doesn’t necessarily mean downsizing as it much as it means right-sizing the house of your dreams to your real needs.
Here’s a link in case you would like to read this article. I think it pretty fairly summarizes a philosophy that was intuitive to me.