LIVING SIMPLY IN 20 SQUARE METERS
Tom, Sarah, and their daughter Neesa live in a 20sqm off-grid tiny house on a property on the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. Instead of paying rent, they share the work of looking after the land with the owners, and both families share in the farm’s abundant produce. We were inspired by how much happier they’ve found themselves by living with less.
Tom is a medical doctor and Sarah is an illustrator but both have chosen to reduce their work to almost nothing in order to have more time to focus on living well – a lifestyle choice that is more possible for many of us than we might think. This little 6-minute film has been one of our most popular to date – perhaps because it describes a lifestyle so many of us would love to be living.
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KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM "LIVING SIMPLY IN 20 SQUARE METERS"
- As a doctor and a professional illustrator they have the option to live an affluent lifestyle, but they choose to live very simply – they’ve chosen to listen to what their hearts tell them will make them happy.
- Downsizing didn’t feel straightforward and natural – but now it feels right and good.
- A work-trade arrangement with the owners of the land means they help out in the gardens and on the farm in exchange for rent.
- There’s no conventional security in their work-trade relationship, they feel trusting of the way they’re choosing to live.
- Their security now comes from their networks in their local community.