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Living in a Dollhouse

If you’re serious about reducing your carbon footprint, one of the best places to start is with your own home. People who live in McMansions use incredible amounts of electricity, natural gas, water, and other resources to make their homes more comfortable.

By shrinking your living space down a bit, you can have a much smaller, more sustainable impact on the environment. You’ll also find that you have more free time to do the things you really love, because you don’t have to work as many hours to pay a large mortgage, and you don’t have to spend nearly as much time cleaning your home.

Of course, some people have taken this to an extreme. The “small house movement” is fully of people who advocate living in teeny tiny homes of sometimes only ten square feet – or less! I’ve been looking into some of these homes, and there are a few that I would consider living in… maybe.

Check out this sweet design being rolled out in Boulder, Colorado

And here’s another one that has some great windows and an ultra-modern feel.

Others seem appropriate only for a monk who has given up all worldly possessions and plans to do nothing but meditate while staring at a blank wall all day. If you want to live in a little white box, this one’s for you!

And here’s the strangest, tiniest one I’ve seen yet: the Organicube.

What do you think? Would you consider living in any of these? The concept is interesting, but I’m not sure I’m ready for downsizing that’s so extreme that it requires choosing between having an extra pair of jeans or an extra plate in case a friend comes over. I guess I prefer to live in a home whose size is somewhere between that of a McMansion and a breadbox.