I’m Paul Kaplan- I have a goal- to live a minimalist lifestyle.
During this process, I have been doing extensive research- from how do I get rid of all my junk, to what kind of Tiny Home could I live in?
I initially started tracking my research on my Facebook page. (click here). I was a little shocked the amount of interest I received- obviously I’m not alone in my passion to discover a more fulfilling minimalist lifestyle! or maybe others just enjoy looking at tiny homes too.
My history- I sell real estate in Palm Springs- I have a degree in architecture- I love design! I grew up in a 4,000 SF home on a ranch. I love gardening. I love Airstreams. I live with three rescue dogs.
I have a great life- I’ve remodeled and sold numerous houses over the years- its my passion. In the process, I’ve moved about ten times more then the average person. Each time, I go through the arduous chore of packing, unpacking, figuring out what I need, what I don’t, and schlepping it over to my new residence.
In the summer of 2012, I bought a cottage in Maine. Living in Palm Springs, I was desperate for an escape to somewhere cool in the summer! Why Maine? I’m still asking myself- but none the less- it was inexpensive and beautiful- 30 days later, I own a 540 SF cottage!
The next challenge? Getting there with three 3 dogs! the only logical way to get from California, was to get an RV and drive!
Here’s the lesson I learned along the way! For 7 days, I lived in a self-contained 19′ RV- with a tiny kitchen, a fold out bed, and basically my whole temporary life packed in a vehicle. I realized, I was happy! Everything I needed was just inches away- I was limited to what I could pack, so I learned to make due,,,,
When I got to Maine, I started remodeling my cottage- being only 540 SF, it was a bit of a challenge- but again- shortly, I realized- I don’t need much more space then this!
Upon returning to my 2000 sf home in California at the end of the summer, I realized- why do I need such a big house? I was happy in my RV, and my cottage? Why not live tiny full time?
And thus my guest to be a minimalist started!!!!
As I realize more and more people are coming to this conclusion, that less is more, I created this blog to track my findings- to share with my fellow wanna-be minimalists!
Thanks for following along.
PS: Oh and if you ever decide you aren’t a minimalist but want to buy a lovely Palm Springs vacation home, please check out my business: