The Strange Allure of Tiny Homes—Explained

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When Elaine Walker’s three kids went to college, she decided to downsize—and we’re not just talking about throwing out the old Nintendo Wii and donating the living room love seat. We’re talking downsizing. She cast off (or stored) virtually all of her belongings, moved into a 120-square-foot house on wheels, and traveled all the way from New Hampshire to California.

Walker’s purge gave her purpose. “Everything now is right within reach,” she says. “You always know where all of your things are. You don’t have to go digging in the closet or wondering if there’s something under the bed.”

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