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Since science hasn't yet figured out how to miniaturize us so that we can live in our Lego constructions or the adorable gingerbread houses we're so keen on building each holiday season, we've collectively identified the next-best tack for treacly living: the tiny home.

People freak over photos of them, clicking through chic online galleries and picturing themselves inside the cramped cubbies that oddly equate to more liberation than confinement.

"We could live in that, honey, right?" ... daydreams the owner of your average American (mega)home.

Technically? Yes.

Are they likely to actually downsize? No. (Change the channel — "Oh hey, there's a fluffy squirrel!")

Since the modern ramping-up of simplified-living philosophy, our typical residence has only become more bloated, in true Super Size Me fashion, notes Andrew Morrison, the subject of our SimpliCity feature this week (find it here).

He and his wife did actually dwindle their material holdings to join the tiny-home movement — and yes, it now qualifies as an actual movement, beyond a mindset. Now Morrison teaches others to construct their own Lilliputian dwellings.

The eco-friendly aspects of these cozy cribs are somewhat self-evident, though the psychological and emotional implications are what catch some well-intended wee-seekers off-guard. Read SimpliCity and start to figure out whether you have the fortitude to go beyond a simple tour.

Remember: You can't take it all with you, anyway.

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