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Oprah says the inspiration for this show came from a mother featured in the January 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

Before going "back to basics," Kristen lived with her husband and two children in a five-bedroom, 3,600-square-foot home. "I had memberships at three different country clubs and everything that you're supposed to want when you grow up," she says. "I started to feel like something was wrong. ... I wanted to make a change, but I didn't know how you could go from this grand life in this big house and all this stuff to something simpler."

Read Kristen's story in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Unhappy and looking for more, Kristen and her husband filed for divorce. Then, in 2008, she moved her two children from their spacious home to a tiny, 800-square-foot cottage in the woods. "This life is back to basics," she says. "It's the simple things."
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FROM: Oprah's "What Can You Live Without?" Experiment
Published on March 02, 2009

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