For 2 years our family made the decision to live in a 240 square foot Airstream Bunkhouse. It was a delight! Living in a tiny space challenged my habits even further. My desires to make less waste had new boundaries. No longer did I have space to store larger quantities of our basic items I acquired in bulk. The space required that I not only lessen the volume of the bulk foods I kept but also the variety.
We didn’t have room for a trash can or our stainless steel compost bin. As a family of five, we produce a fair amount of compost daily. Now I found myself questioning every item I purchased and brought back to our tiny space. Remembering my zero waste essentials became even more important. I didn’t have room for anything disposable. I also had a standard response when people asked, “Why do you want me to put this in a jar?” My simple response was, “Our family of five lives in 240 sq. feet. I don’t have room for any trash.” Voila! Any animosity usually melted away into amazement.
Challenge yourself by making a choice to live simply and intentionally in one specific way. Make a goal to have voluntary simplicity in just one area. Lessen your glassware, dinnerware or flatware. Or perhaps an ominous tupperware collection.