I can't tell you how many times I get the raised eyebrow when I tell people that we live in a Mobile Home. There is such a stigma tied to mobile home living and mobile home parks and, working in Code Enforcement as I do, I admit there are some who live in mobile homes that are not helping to improve the perception. Having said that, there are also plenty of people who own "normal" homes that are less then upstanding citizens.
With the current trend to downsize and simplify, the best way to accomplish that is by purchasing a vintage mobile home (for next to nothing) and renovating it. That is exactly what my husband and I have done. We purchased a 1964, 520 square foot, single wide for $3,500 and turned it into a magical place--both beautiful and functional! I have posted several of our renovation projects over at hometalk.com which you can read about here:
After posting my renovation projects, I was bombarded with people wanting more helpful hints for mobile home living. Hometalk.com asked me to curate a list of projects that might be helpful and applicable for those who want to make the most of their living space. I encourage you to visit Hometalk and take a look at these projects:
You can access them here: http://www.hometalk.com/b/1935422/mobile-home-makeover
You will find some wonderfully creative people and even though some of the projects are not Mobile Home Specific they would work really well for small space living.
Now - Sell that mansion, buy a little Mobile Home and experience the joy of simplicity and making a little space all your own. Less house work and less yard work and more time to spend with family and friends!