Choosing to live in a tiny home, or just to downsize means looking at things differently. Letting go of owning "stuff" is important. But sometimes a item comes along that makes smaller living easier. From my week of iPad exposure, this device does just that. I bought a 1st gen 32 gig wifi only iPad simply because of cost. I was able to buy one used for less than $300.00. And within that short time it has already helped me declutter a lot. I have large bookshelves full of books, After looking online I was able to get 25% of those books onto my ipad for free by grabbing them from project gutenberg. Downloading a free app called "Stanza" it allows me to to get thousands of books that are public domain or even flat out free. I also can read kindle books, Barnes and noble books, and Borders books by downloading the apps for those ebook sources. Add to that Netflix so I can watch movies in a comfortable size on demand as well as Hulu Plus for TV shows on demand, pandora radio, etc... IT suddenly becomes a single device in my home that replaces a lot of stuff. I am able to post to my blogs from it easily, facebook ,twitter, and everything else. I rarely pull out the laptop anymore for basic online browsing or social media.
I suggest you find someone that has an iPad and try it out. spend some time looking at what it does. I find that it reduces my need for things drastically. IT condenses them down into one device. Very minimalist.
I've been a technology guy for all my life. My father taught me algebra and Electronics starting at 8 years old. I build my own projects (solar panel sun tracker) at 10 and learned about computers and their power. My father gave me my first computer at age 11, (Kim-1, I had to build it to make it work) and learned assembly language as my first programming language. Went through the Vic-20, C64, Co-co, Ti-99a, etc until the IBM PCjr hit the scene when I was in high school. Until then I was content with the Altair 8080 that the school had and the TRS-80 model 3 computers It all escalated from there. I always enjoy tech, and dreamed of the automated home forever. Crestron gear gives me a hand firmly in that automated future world I dreamed of.
Today I program Executive board rooms, Conference rooms, Entire Buildings, homes, and theaters using a multitude of technologies. Still use my computer programming and electronics and enjoy a LOT of I.T. work and I.T. and I.S. consulting on the side. This stuff is second nature to me, and I really do enjoy it. I am happiest when I have a challenge in front of me.