I would like to begin by saying thank you to everyone who has taken the time to stop by Small Living Journal and read our first issue. Your warm welcome and thoughtful comments have been really wonderful for the writers after a couple of months of working in silence to prepare for our launch. We’ve been deeply touched by your enthusiasm for the project.
We’ve also been rather surprised by the volume of interest we’ve received from people wanting to participate as guest writers on SLJ. In this issue, we have included articles from three new participants: Heather from The GreenestDollar; Christina from DeclutterLife, and Jonathan, an educator who’s passionate about what he refers to as “mainstream small”. If you would be interested in participating yourself in a future issue, please refer to our Guest Submission guidelines.
While you may have noticed the same name on the top of the first two issues, beginning with Issue 3 you will see a rotating schedule of editors for each issue. The responsibility for choosing the topic of the issue, sorting through guest submissions, and formatting and publishing the actual issue will circulate amongst all of the key contributors at SLJ. The hope is that by taking this approach, each of the writers will help shape SLJ’s directon and voice, making the journal far stronger than it would be with any one person on the masthead.
With that, I’d like to turn to the topic of our current issue–downsizing…
I think pretty much every writer in the small home movement has had the experience of sharing with someone the details of where they live. Initially, the listener responds with enthusiasm about the concept of small home living. However, upon further contemplation–particularly in terms of the feasibility of a similar living arrangement for themselves–some combination of abject horror, terror, and nausea crosses their face and they wail the all-too-familiar question to tiny home dwellers: “But what would I do with ALL MY STUFF??”
This issue of Small Living Journal is an attempt to provide answers to all of you who have considered this very dilemma. We hope you find our collection of articles both useful and enjoyable. And we look forward to your comments and suggestions.