Unlike most other organizational guides, Scaling Down is more about questions than answers.
- What does scaling down mean for me?
- How will a mission statement help me overcome my clutter...and my excuses?
I thought the book was an interesting mix of real-life anecdotes and simple living philosophy. The last chapters probe the cultural trends like supersizing and the decline of starter homes.
Having always lived in small spaces, this section resonated. Below is one of my favorite observations in the whole book:
"If you are planning to live large in a smaller space, you are swimming against
the tide. "Small" and "dated" are pejorative terms in our culture. You may be
perfectly happy with your home--until someone exclaims, "What a cute little
house!" and you feel insulted. Their comment has removed your home from being
judged as normal-size and implied that you could not afford a full-size house or
be able to decorate one. Perhaps it suggests that you are a "cute little person"
for living in such a place. (p. 197) "
--Culbertson, Judi and Marge Decker. Scaling Down: Living Large in a Small Space. Rodale 2005.