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Living a Minimalist Life in 140 square feet

So as I was laying in bed sick yesterday I read through a little book called “Put Your Life On A Diet” by Gregory Johnson.

This is the most extreme example and book I have read yet and, though I wouldn’t be up for it myself, I found it facinating. 

This guy lives by Iowa City which is cold in winters and hot in summers in a little 10 x 7 room (with a loft for a bed, I think that is how he gets his 140 total sq ft) with no electricity or running water.  He goes to the gym or work for restroom and shower facilities by bike.  He has a few batteries that power some fans and he has a little heater for the winter. 

His place sounds really nice, was built with great materials and he seems like a fairly normal guy. 

I have loved the idea of small living spaces and we have dreamed of building one of our own.  An efficient space can be much smaller and still be very livable.  My ideas have always included plumbing.

His website has lots of good information

I found a house I want, take a look

(borrowed picture from, lots of great pictures on the site)


  1. Gem Gem

    I love efficient spaces 🙂 We’ve been thinking of moving to Seattle and trying big city living. Ted likes the idea of being able to use mass transit, etc. I’m willing to give it a shot. However, this would definitely involve downsizing. Our current finished space is 1200 sq ft and then we have an extra 500 downstairs of storage. I was looking at floor plans for apartments and was horrified by all the inefficiencies I saw in them.

    Our first apartment after we married was perfect. You entered into a very small entry with the kitchen to the side and living/dining room ahead. Then on either side of the living space was a bedroom. The bathroom had the toilet/shower enclosed but the sink was outside so you didn’t have to wait just to brush your teeth. I thought it was great and I can’t figure out why these fancy city apartments insist on having bizarre angles that eat up space without providing any benefit.

    • Lorilee Lorilee

      Seattle sounds fun. Efficient mass transit 🙂 I have wanted to try mass transit here in Omaha. Just today I was trying to figure out if I could get to the chiropracter who is 4.4 miles away by bus (just a bit far for the kids to walk), but it will take us over 1 hour each way to take the bus…. so, not a good option for a 4 mile trip.

      What killed me moving into this appartment was that there was so little shelving. We got this one because it has 2 walk in closets (one in each bedroom) but they had very little shelves. …. Bryon has added some for me. It is hard to give the impression of space and still make it efficient. Let me know what happens 🙂

      • Shelly Shelly

        Earthship homes are another similar concept. They’re small living spaces that are 100% off the grid and self-sustaining. Even have inside gardens! My husband and I are really drawn to smaller, efficient spaces too. We dramatically downsized this past year, and I’m excited about it. I think it’s great to be on here sharing our like mindedness! It’s not so strange anymore and we can all learn a lot from each other!

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