Texas professor commits to living in a dumpster for a year; so how’s it going?

Huston-Tillotson University’s Dr. Jeff Wilson sold his stuff and moved into smaller quarters. Namely, a dumpster!

“It’s really just to explore the idea of less,” Wilson, who is now known as “Professor Dumpster,” told KTRK Houston.


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Surprisingly, the quaint confines are decorated and house some appliances like a washer and dryer.

The professor said the next phase of construction will include the installation of solar panels to focus on renewable energy.

At first his students were bewildered by the project.

“I didn’t believe it at all. I’m like, ‘You’re really going to live in a dumpster?’” said student Charles Deshaw.

The professor said he is proving you don’t need a lot to live comfortably.

“To explore the whole idea of less, what happens to your life when you compact the space and the amount of stuff you have,” Wilson said.

That doesn’t mean it’s been easy.

“The most terrifying night was the second night,” Wilson said. “It was about 27 degrees interior temperature and exactly 4:01 a.m., the trash man came by and picked up two of my neighbors, a bit of a shock.”

By the end of the project, it’s Wilson’s mission to build the smallest home in Austin that meets all building code requirements.

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