Country MoonLife changes. It's funny how some things that we have worked for all our lives, like our home, suddenly does not hold the same significance that it once did.

A neighbor that I have known since I was 10 years old just announced the other day that he and his wife are selling their dream house and all the contents and moving to a condo closer to their youngest son. He wants to be free of the maintenance and other obligations that go along with owning a home.

Many folks make this decision to go from owning their own home to an apartment or a condo to make life easier. There has not been much choice between these two extremes... until now. There is a new trend called the "tiny house movement."

What is a tiny house? Well, the average American home is around 2600 square feet. Tiny homes are usually between 100-400 square feet and come in all shapes, sizes and forms. Hardly any two are alike, but the one thing that they all do have in common is that all enable simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space.

Tiny homes redefine what makes a house a home. Many people need "stuff" around them and, if that is the case and you need a lot of space, then a tiny home is not for you.

But for those that are looking for a change and a chance to live life on their own terms, tiny living may just be for them. The key is learning to live with less and there are definite advantages.

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Lois, there's not too many Tiny Houses in Nebraska that I know of. I have heard of that trend and would fit into that idea of less is more. When I retired I was working toward that concept but didn't get it accomplished fast enough. My daughter hit a rough patch in her life and moved back home with her four year old son until she could get life together. Nine years later that finally happened. At this season of life I'm just too old and comfortable where I am, so this will be my retirement end of life home. I'm ok with that because my back yard has gardens to keep me busy and healthy. I am a home body and don't have interest in travel or outside the home social events. I have always liked yard work and gardening so life is good with my 2600 square foot home. Have a great Tiny House day. Nebraska Dave

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