I owe a lot to Habitat for Humanity. Many moons ago, I was “taking a break” from college and needed to do something with my life. I decided to volunteer at Habitat For Humanity in Americus, GA. While I was there, I found: a career, a wife, and a sense of simplicity. Too many people today want “the huge house with 4 bathrooms” (and they want it as their first home!) Building a simple, decent house for a family in need really changed my outlook on what is truly “needed”. It’s a struggle with where I live, especially for my kids. Many of their friends have these McMansions, but we have our simple yellow house. Years ago we were briefly tempted with moving/upgrading (a neighbor turned bad pushed us there). We toughed it out (and built a 6 foot fence instead) and I am very thankful we did not move. You don’t need much, and you can always upgrade the quality of what you have (add hardwood floors and tile — by yerself if you are half crazy like us!).