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Small Commercial Microgreen Production - Getting $20-$30 Per Flat… Microgreens are tiny vegetable or herb greens grown for their visual appearance and complex flavours and textures. They are larger than sprouts but smaller than baby salad greens, typically containing a central stem, cotyledon or seed leaves and the first young two true leaves.

How To Grow Oyster Mushrooms From Used Coffee Grounds Cheap & Easy… I've been looking into growing mushrooms for the past 8 months or so. What I have learned is that they have a great deal of medicinal properties and are a good source of protein. Amazingly, they can be grown quickly out of practically nothing.

My Sunday Mindfulness Routine One of the things I have been making sure that I make time for this year is a routine of mindfulness on Sundays, which helps me start my week on a positive note. For me, this means finding a cozy spot, sitting down with a cup of something tasty, and filling out my weekly planner.

The Secrets of Professional Organisers with Kirsty Farrugia I've always had a bit of a complex about professional organisers, assuming that their super-human organisational skills would put me and my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants personality to shame. They'd highlight my failure to stick to routines and systems, revealing the fact that I was making it all up as I went along.

Hi! I thought I'd return where I left off with a few glorious photos of Lyme Regis. It was a much needed break - unlike my last blogging break which I wish had not been so long.

International Tiny House competition results are….interesting Ryterna modul is a European modular building company which recently ran an interesting tiny house architectural challenge, and received 150 entries from 88 countries. The program:. They recently posted the three winners and one runner-up, and they are….interesting.

Meet George, a modern renovated 1950s micro-apartment In the interest of preserving an outmoded apartment dating back to the 1950s that once housed nurses, Australian design firm J-IN readapted it for modern times, creating a small and efficient living space, packed with surprises.

This snowball vending machine is the worst thing we have ever shown on TreeHugger And of course, there is the money, a dollar for a snowball. Really, everybody complains about hipsters wasting money on avocado toast but I can tell you right now, you will never own a house if you spend your money on snowballs.

On Decluttering & Compromise Yesterday, I had a coffee/work date with my husband, Logan, at Zephyr Books and Coffee. While I drank coffee and ate a slice of coffee cake, Logan zipped through a personal creative project, and I was on the struggle bus because I couldn't decide what to blog about.

How to Build Your Own Tiny Off-grid Cabin Today The tiny house movement is not just a fad. It is quickly growing in popularity due to cheaper living costs, less environmental impact, and a simpler lifestyle. A large proportion of tiny homes owners don't want to be grid-tied and so off-grid tiny homes are also growing in popularity.

How To Make More Time For Yourself When You Have a Busy Schedule In this post, we respond to one of our reader's frustrations, tackling the challenge of how to make more time for yourself when you work long hours. This one is a doozy, but an area that we're familiar with. Let's take a closer look at this readers concern.

Podcast 120 - Socialmedia In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan are back "in studio" to talk about how they're using social media in 2018, and they answer the following questions:. Apple Podcasts · Google Play · Spotify · Soundcloud · YouTube · MP3. Joshua and Ryan's pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses.

Swallowtail tiny house hides its stair in the ceiling Every inch of space matters in a tiny house; that's why designers might fiddle around and place big things like the stairs either at the back, or incorporate storage in them, or even make them retractable.

Beautiful 'TV Star' 123 Sq. Ft. Tiny House Listed for $24k in Knoxville, TN This is a beautiful 'TV Star' 123 sq. ft. tiny house on wheels that was auctioned off for charity is now listed on Tiny House Listings for $24,000 out of Knoxville, Tennessee. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Learn more below! You can share this using the e-mail and social media re-share buttons below.

Apple employees keep walking into those gorgeous glass walls at Apple Park C'mon guys, look where you are going. This is an apple product and you are clearly using it wrong. I was not hurt and took off through the opening I had made.

A Practice For When You Find Yourself Annoyed by Other People It's a common thing to be frequently annoyed by other people - added to our regular interactions with family, friends and coworkers are the online habits of people on various social media, and they can all irritate the hell out of us. What can we do when other people are being annoying, frustrating, inconsiderate, irritating, even aggravating?

12ft Cedar Wheelie Shack Tiny House This is the Wheelie Shack Tiny House for sale out of Cardwell, MT for $30k. It's a 12ft tiny house on wheels built on a dual axle trailer! Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Learn more here and here. You can share this using the e-mail and social media re-share buttons below.

Kid's closet in the hallway: Perfect for little coats & shoes I just put together a kid's closet for my little one, which turned out great. In our hallway, I had a little spot and needed a place for my son's coats, shoes and accessories. I could't find anything that would fit and looked good. So I decided to make one myself.

My Favorite Cafés in Yreka, CA Zephyr Books and Coffee is located in old town Yreka off Miner Street. I adore this little café and the owners. They serve locally roasted Northbound Coffee, delicious baked goods, and have a wonderful selection of used books. I live relatively close to Zephyr, and it's become my second office.

Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust All the cool kids are making cauliflower pizza crust and I want to be in the club, too. Plus, for those experimenting with lower grain diets, this is a great option! Shall we? This recipe requires 9 basic ingredients to make. It's also entirely gluten-, grain-, and oil-free, and it's vegan!

The Bothy: Rustic and Contemporary Scottish Tiny Houses Before tiny houses began to make a scene in the U.S., tiny, rustic houses in other countries were peacefully accommodating campers and travelers. From the bach in New Zealand to the hórreo and albergue in Spain, rustic buildings built into the landscape have been shelters for many years.

5 Daily Tasks To Keep Your Home Uncluttered It's not hard and it only takes a few minutes a day. It's simply making sure to complete some simple daily tasks. The photo above is my music / video studio. You might think it was this neat simply for the photo op. Nope. My studio is always neat. So is my bedroom.

Beaver Hill Woodcrafters Gypsy Wagons When I was a kid, one of my favorite stories was Danny the champion of the world by Roald Dahl. Danny and His dad live in a gypsy wagon. Fast forward 40 years and my wife and I were in a dilemma, she wanted to get a travel trailer and I realized that if we did buy one the first thing I would have to do would be to gut it and redo the interior.

House of Marley makes bamboo headphones and speakers And they don't stop there. Their products also feature recycled plastic, fabric, silicone, and more. Plastic seems unavoidable when it comes to personal audio devices, like headphones and speakers; but one company called House of Marley is working to replace at least some of the plastic with natural and biodegradable materials.

Swallowtail Tiny House on Wheels in Australia This is the Swallowtail Tiny House on Wheels by The Tiny House Company out of Queensland, Australia. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Learn more here. You can share this using the e-mail and social media re-share buttons below. Thanks!

Vegan Tempeh Reuben Sandwich I love those flavour combinations, and after studying other recipes, what I had tasted during my travels, and what I generally like, I've created a vegan tempeh Reuben sandwich that I'm sure others will also love! As well as the Juicy Tofu Sandwich with Smoked Mayo, this has quickly become a favourite in our house.

The Big Whimsy 30ft Tiny Home by Wind River Tiny Homes This is the Big Whimsy Tiny House on Wheels. It's a 30ft tiny home by Wind River Tiny Homes. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Our big thanks to Joceile Moore for sharing! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

552 Sq. Ft. Tiny Cottage with View in Cazadero One bedroom tiny cottage with a view that's listed for sale on Estately in Cazadero, California. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Our big thanks to Candace Ramirez for sharing! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

Sailing Into the Abyss: Facing Doubt, Fear, and Humility My darling husband Andrew sure has some funny ideas from time to time. Six years ago he'd said, "Hey honey, what do you think about getting rid of our house, most of our material possessions, buying a pop up tent trailer, and moving to the beaches of Baja?" Being one for adventure, I'd enlisted before he'd even completed the sentence.

One purchase, one tree The team at Arhaus got in touch to invite me to contribute to a graphic they were developing which includes ways to make our homes more environmentally friendly. Spot the community tip! A concern for the environment is one of the reasons why people choose to live a more intentional life.

Bike storage towers become an "Iconic Gateway" There is a design competition happening that Dezeen says will see the removal of the "outdated and intimidating" 1960s roundabout and its replacement with an "innovative idea" to rejuvenate the junction.

5 hacks for dogs to welcome the Year of the Dog - IKEA Hackers Here's wishing all who celebrate the Lunar New Year an auspicious year ahead. And since it's the Year of the Dog, I thought we'll take a look at some hacks for dogs. I hope they'll inspire you to hack something special for your furry bestie. A grand dog bed.

Yet another "World's tallest timber tower" going up in Norway It may be treesonous of me to say this, but we should stop this silly competition to be tallest. If you search TreeHugger you will find eight posts with the words "tallest timber tower". Here is the latest - an 18 story building in Brumunddal, a small town in Norway.

Happy Links: Paris With Me Below are fun links that inspired me this week. I hope you enjoy them, too! Paris With Me is a beautiful blog! Books I'm reading again: A Writer's Paris by Eric Maisel and A Paris All Your Own edited by Eleanor Brown. Inspiring Instagram accounts: Paris.With.Me - SeeMyParis - MyLittleParis - Madame_Love - gl0be_trotter - Hello_France.

Super-Green Vegan Kale Pesto If you try this dish, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don't forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends! Comment. Your email address will not be published or shared. Required fields are marked. Name. Email. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.

First Time Homeowners and their Fun-Size Tiny Home As Marek puts it, the tiny house feels even more comfortable because it's theirs; homeownership just feels better. They are now one big step closer to their long-term financial goals. In just a few years time, they will have their house and credit card bills paid off.

Preserving Food Without Refrigeration… Join Kelley Wilkinson as she teaches us about making the most of the harvest by finding ways to preserve food without refrigeration. Learn how to store food; from use of Mason jars, to vacuum sealed bags. Eat and enjoy while you maximize the abundance of your garden year round when you utilize these simple methods.

Goats Eat Weeds - Using Goats For Vegetation Management… Many cattle producers spend a large amount of money each year to control undesired plants. Producers incur the primary cost by purchasing herbicides and hiring equipment and operators to clear brush and reclaim lands that have become unable to support cattle at an acceptable production level.

Is Country Life Cheaper Than City Life? But the really interesting part to me was how many people claimed to know exactly what they spent each month on groceries. This is where I wanted to ask questions. Do you track all of your spending and the average out food spend for the year?

All about eaves, Quebec edition But there can be a lot of design, like in this lovely number by Yiacouvakis Hamelin Architectes of Montréal and shown on V2.com. It raises some interesting design and construction questions.

In The Midst of Mourning I Hold My Sons Tightly And the Lobbyists are just there to make certain the clients they represent get to call the shots on all the laws. The U.S. is not a real democracy - we have become an Oligarchy. I can truly understand why people homeschool their children these days. My daughter is grown, but I worry about my grandchildren.

Outdated apartment undergoes much-needed small space makeover In order to create a more harmonious living space in a limited amount of square footage, STADT Architecture gave this dated 1970s apartment in New York City's Upper West Side a total makeover. The client, a young professional, wanted to enlarge the bedroom and bathroom, in addition to updating the existing, outmoded aesthetic.

One Simple Shift to Turn Life Into an Adventure When I was young, I would run barefoot through the jungles of Guam, being chased by bad guys, imagining I was on an Indiana Jones-style adventure. The world was filled with possibility, excitement, discovery, exploration, and a delicious sense of danger and the unknown lurking in the darkness.

Verve Lux A high-end 16′ tiny house with huge windows, detachable awning for travel and folding deck in Santa Maria, California. More info. here.

The Best Café's in Ashland, OR Ashland, Oregon is a 45-minute drive from my home in Yreka, CA, and I love visiting this cute university town. I especially adore Ashland's plentiful selection of café's because they are perfect for writing!

249 Sq. Ft. Tiny House on Wheels by Two Fifty Lifestyles Tiny house on wheels by Two Fifty Lifestyles out of Fort Collins, Colorado. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! comments. Leave a Comment. Name. Email. Website. Comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.

Curiously Exploring Hoarders ~ with Matt Chan You've heard us talk about downsizing here on the Podcast. Hopefully you've learned a bit about organizing, how to get ready to live in a tiny space, and about how to prioritize experiences over life.

The Perfect Plan For Self-Improvement Is Simple Are you looking for the perfect plan for self-improvement? Would you like to accomplish any of the following? These are all things many of us would like to improve upon in our lives. The reason I started this blog was to practice and share my experiences with simple living and self-improvement.

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Heating A Greenhouse Using Compost & Thermal Mass Techniques… In this video I show different methods that I am using to heat my newly built 16 meter square greenhouse. The main heat source being heat generated from a batch compost pile. About the greenhouse:.

The Acadia Tiny House by Wind River Tiny Homes This is the Acadia Tiny House on Wheels by Wind River Tiny Homes out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It's a 24ft tiny home that's rustic with a splash of modern / industrial. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! comments. Leave a Comment. Name.

Building An A Frame Hut Using Primitive Technology… I built an A frame hut as a large work space for projects. First I made a celt hatchet to cut timber for the hut. The axe head was made of amphibolite and the handle was made of a species of wattle. For the hut the floor plan was 4 X 4m. The height of the ridgeline was 2 m above the ground.

For Sale: 2013 Transit Connect XLT Adventure Van / 31k miles For Sale: 2013 Transit Connect XLT / Adventure Ready. The van is in excellent condition and still under warranty. Ready for a new owner and the next adventure. Only reason we're selling is because we moved to a larger Transit van that we'll be living out of full-time.

Cayman Tiny House on Wheels by Innovate Tiny This is the Cayman Tiny House on Wheels by Innovate Tiny out of Gresham, Oregon. It's a gooseneck tiny house on wheels that's available in 32′, 38′, 40′ and 45′ models! You can design your own at Innovate Tiny and if you use the code INNOVATEONLINE18 you'll get $2,500 off!

The Silhouette: 26ft Tiny House on Wheels with Large Windows and a Built-in Gym! This is the Sillhouette Tiny House on Wheels by Wind River Tiny Homes out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! comments. The Silhouette is a 26′ x 8.5′ tiny house that balances rustic charm and industrial chic seamlessly.

Father and son build this minimalist, energy-efficient family cabin That meant thinking in a modular way for fitting the interior spaces of their 340-square-foot family cabin on the shores of Lake Superior, as well as carefully selecting materials and designing custom-made, multipurpose furniture that maximizes space.

What to Outsource When Building a Sustainable Tiny House So you've decided to adopt the sustainable life and go tiny? Now it's time to decide if you want to build your tiny house yourself or to outsource the task. Depending on your building experience, there are a few major tasks you should consider outsourcing to professionals.

600 Sq. Ft. Floating Cottage in San Juan Island Floating cottage in San Juan Island, Washington. It's currently listed for sale with an asking price of $499,000. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! comments. Leave a Comment. Name. Email. Website. Comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Little wood boat is actually a model of modern technology You could do this without CNC routers and 3D printers, but it would be really hard. It has long been a TreeHugger mantra that less is more, smaller is better. That's why we show so many tiny cars and tiny houses and tiny apartments. So naturally, we are going to love Josh Tulburg's tiny boat.

Swallowtail A tiny house that can easily be added to as budget allows for it. Photos by Andrew Carter. Built by The Tiny House Company in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Cleaning Out My Closet: Part 2 It's been a long time since I posted Cleaning Out My Closet: Part 1, but for a relatively good reason. I don't have a good way to ship donated clothes in or out of my village, so I signed up to receive a free donation bag in the mail from ThredUP. Or so I thought.

Floating food truck in Dubai isn't dubious at all When I was a child at summer camp, they told me and the other junior campers that if we were good, we would be allowed to canoe to the floating Howard Johnsons on the next lake for ice cream. It turns out that it was all a lie and there never was a floating HoJo canoe-in restaurant in Algonquin Park.

18ft Log Cabin Style Tiny House on Wheels This is an 18ft log cabin style tiny house on wheels that's for sale on eBay. It's a 200 sq. ft. tiny home built on a Tumbleweed Trailer and located in Quarryville, Pennsylvania. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Learn more on eBay.

Rachel Jonat on the Joy of Doing Nothing Three-time guest Rachel Jonat of The Minimalist Mom is back! This week brings some real-talk to the topics of slow living as a family, as we catch up on the changes in Rachel and her family's life since she was last on the show, as well as talk about her new book, The Joy of Doing Nothing.

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Svart, a gorgeous hotel by Snøhetta will meet the world's toughest energy standard PassiveHouse is for wimps; The Powerhouse standard is crazy tough. And these Norwegians do it in the dark. The Norwegian Powerhouse energy standard is far and away, the toughest in the world.

70 Story tallest timber tower tipped for Tokyo Sumitomo Forestry has a lot of wood to use up. Sumitomo Forestry, an industry giant in Japan, has a problem; most of their wood goes into building houses and with a shrinking population and a dislike of immigration, there are not a lot of houses being built.

Do this for your future self As long as I can remember, we have cleaned our home on a Friday evening. Yes, I know what you are thinking. Our Friday nights aren't exactly rock 'n' roll. And I'd certainly prefer to be out on a SUP on the ocean, as the sun goes down. But here's the thing.

Mercedes Econic shows how good design can save lives Trucks wouldn't kill so many people if the drivers could actually see what is in front and around them.

290 Sq. Ft. Tiny House on Wheels with Downstairs Bedroom Tiny house on wheels with a downstairs bedroom that's for sale in Durham, North Carolina. It was built in 2017 and is listed for sale over at Tiny Home Builders for $49,900. It's a 24ft tiny house with a queen size bedroom on the first floor. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below.

She Built Her Own Tiny House And Now She's Building a VILLAGE! This is the story of M.J. Boyle who built her first tiny house, then decided to keep going! And now you can take a tiny house vacation in her village! This story is brought to you by Tiny House Giant Journey. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below.

A Year of Slow Reading If you put a plate of chocolate chip cookies in front of me, there's a strong possibility that I'll eat all the cookies. I read books in a similar fashion; very quickly. Life is short, and there are hundreds of books I want to read, and there are so many cookies to eat!

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Learn to Build a Tiny House and Create a Beautiful Tiny Life In the very early days of the Tiny House Blog back in 2007, I was mainly blogging about different types of construction. I was a big fan of straw bale construction and during my search on the internet, I came across Andrew Morrison and StrawBale.com. I was fascinated with his instructional CDs and ordered several of them immediately.

Podcast 119 - Decorations In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan are back "in studio" to talk about decorations, and they answer the following questions:. Apple Podcasts · Google Play · Spotify · Soundcloud · YouTube · MP3. Joshua and Ryan's pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses.

Parisian apartment renovation puts the beds in a bookcase It's not as small as this 86-square-foot apartment renovation in Paris, but presents some of the same idea of sliding everything in toward the wall to free up some space on the floor, in order to give that extra sense of space. It certainly does work; to see more, visit Pierre-Louis Gerlier.

Five Frugal Fails I think you deserve a wonderful frugal week to make up for it, one with lots of found money besides! About the minivan, even a big car repair bill is way cheaper than a new car - we finally "retired" our truck last year after 26 years of amazing service.

Trump's infrastructure plan: Red State roadbuilders can party like it's 1959 It is no surprise that Donald Trump's infrastructure plan would favor rural areas over cities; his tax plan disproportionately hit blue states too. He calls it a $1.5 trillion plan, but most of that is going to be raised with state and private partners, and the government would put up $ 200 billion.

Powerful Courageousness: Practices to Expand Yourself & Your Gift Imagine a woman who has a powerful gift to give to the world, a song to sing that will lift others up… but she only lets herself give that gift when the sun is shining and she's happy and the moon is in perfect alignment with Jupiter. The world would be robbed of her song.

Spice Organizer from two IKEA spice racks Hi, my name is Dominik and I created this hack for a lovely spice organizer or spice stairs, as I like to call it. It uses no other materials except 2 IKEA BEKVÄM spice racks. Materials:. Tools:. Assemble both BEKVÄM spice racks. Place the BEKVÄM spice racks one on top of the other, leaving enough room for the front row of spices.

How did Copenhagen become Copenhagen? But according to the Guardian's Sarah Boseley, it is a lot more than just bike lanes, which she says are "testimony to the success of a city that is aspiring to be one of the healthiest in the world." According to Katrine Schjønning, the city's head of public health, it took years, and a number of initiatives.

I'm going to Paris in July! In 2014, I listened to an interview with Rolf Potts on Tim Ferriss's podcast. Potts's is the author of Vagabonding-one of my favorite books! During the conversation, Potts mentioned his month-long Creative Writing Workshop at the Paris American Academy.

Multigen Home: The Next Phase of Smart Building While tiny houses and their cuteness factor make most of the news, the next most important aspect of home design and construction will most likely be the multigen home. A multigen home is a standard, traditional home that has been converted to accommodate multiple living spaces.

Device Advice When deciding whether to buy or to hang on to devices and gadgets-both in the present and the future-the filter we need to employ is the simple question "What problem does it solve?" Technology should make our lives easier by solving problems both at home and at work quickly and more efficiently.

Why The Happy Medium Is Better Than Either Extreme I like to call it The Happy Medium. For me, taking a centered approach to minimalism and life helps me on my Christian journey, too. But you don't have to be a Christian to see the logic in finding the happy medium. For me, the happy medium leans more toward austerity, but it does not dwell upon completely limiting oneself.

Make the Choice to Show Up for Your Life What will you choose to show up for today, this week, next month, and this year? Will you choose to show up for your life and what are you willing to let go of so you can? The Soulful Simplicity Book Tour ends this week! Come hang out with me in Dallas or Austin.

Inside Biosphere 2: The World's Largest Earth Science Experiment… Scientists wanted to know if we could replicate the Earth's ecosystems, so in the Sonoran desert outside of Tucson, Arizona they built a three-acre closed-system environment designed to do just that. Known as Biosphere 2, the project was started back in the late 1980s.

This Tiny Home Comes Equipped With It's Own Greenhouse… When people make the dramatic, yet increasingly popular, switch to tiny house living, they're not just choosing to live in a smaller place. They're choosing adventure, the outdoors because having a tiny interior encourages residents to venture outside, and a life free from all the extra stuff we collect over the years.

Tiny House One Tile Heater / Cooker While masonry heaters have been known and used throughout cold climate countries in Europe and the former Soviet Union for hundreds of years, they have only come into regular use and popularity in North America during the last forty years.

2014 Ram Promaster Cargo Van Converted into a Motorhome "Tiny House" Style! This is a 2014 Ram Promaster Cargo Van converted into a motorhome 'tiny house' style by Yahinihomes out of Athens, Ohio. It's called the Silver Butterfly. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

Closing a Chapter in the Story of a House December, 2006: It was very late in the afternoon and already dark when we left the title office. It was snowing again, in great big flakes. Too late to start moving into the little bungalow on the corner two blocks north, but we were happy and excited and just wanted to walk around the empty space and relish starting a new chapter in our lives.

Beautiful Tiny Home on Wheels with Large Kitchen, Bathroom, and Storage This is a beautiful tiny home on wheels with a large kitchen, bathroom, and plenty of storage throughout. It's built by KJE Tiny Homes out of Fresno, California. You can also follow them on Facebook. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks!

Beautiful 28ft Cedar Tiny House with Custom Deck by KJE Tiny Homes This is the beautiful 28ft Cedar Tiny House on wheels with a custom deck built by KJE Tiny Homes out of Fresno, California. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

Deciding to go tiny Deciding to go tiny is a big decision. Looking back on downsizing is pretty beautiful. We've learned countless life lessons, grown as a family, and began to be intentional in life in ways we never dreamed possible. Here is a look back at the 5 most important lessons we've learned in going tiny.

Naturally-Sweetened Vegan Chocolate Mousse The base for this easy, 7-ingredient recipe is cocoa butter and cacao powder, which make a rich chocolate base when combined. Next comes coconut milk for creaminess and a little natural sweetness. Then add dates for natural sweetness and even more thickness.

Quitting Your Job To Farm On A Quarter Acre In Your Backyard? My friend Steven Cornett just quit his job. He quit so he can start his NEW job… farming in San Diego on a quarter acre in his backyard. His farm is called Nature's Always Right, because he believes that the best way to grow is to study natural systems and emulate them in his urban plot.

Verve Lux tiny house puts its toilet over the trailer tongue While the idea of gaining that bit of extra floor area by building over the trailer tongue isn't new, it's the first time we've seen it done for the toilet in order to add more space. Pricing for the Verve Lux starts at USD $45,900. you can find more information over at Tru Form Tiny Homes.

Multifamily Passive House completed in Vancouver These are very common in Europe but new to North America. We need a lot more of them. Accepted wisdom in North America is that the Passive House standard is for houses, is too expensive, and is too hard. Many people ask why bother when you can pop a solar panel on top and get Net Zero.

Digital kitchen timer for IKEA DUKTIG. Beep! Beep! - IKEA Hackers This IKEA DUKTIG playkitchen has a working digital kitchen timer. In the end, it actually beeps! Did I mention that the oven is lit during the countdown? The inspiration for this project came when my two year old daughter had a "small" request for her third birthday.

Man Who Built His Own Off-Grid Tiny Home When He Was a Teen ! This is the story of a young man who built his own off-grid tiny home in Maine when he was a teenager. This story is brought to you thanks to Dylan Magaster. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! comments. Leave a Comment. Name. Email.

Happy Links: 12 truths I learned from life and writing. Anne Lamott's TED Talk is amazing: 12 truths I learned from life and writing. Breakfast for dinner is always a good idea. The Secret to Getting Unstuck with Mel Robbins. LOVED this piece-am i anti-social?-by Paul Jarvis. An excellent question: What motivates you to take action?

HELP Make Tiny Houses Legal in Oregon! The anti-tiny house campaign is being led by the leaders of the Oregon Building Codes Division. They are doing their worst to stymie all legitimate efforts being made to promote tiny house regulations, from the Appendix Q adoption process to removing tiny houses from local RV regulations.

Woman architect travels Europe in her self-built van conversion One of them is recovering architect Viki of Germany, who is travelling around Europe with her dog Cleo and her self-built van conversion that she's named Illa.

The Global Auction - why learning isn't earning any more in the West There have been some interesting studies of work of late, and I took a read of some of these because the general picture I am getting is that the world of work has been steadily getting more and more horrible since I quit the workforce in 2012.

A Gentle Warrior's Guide to Healthy Travel I have Multiple Sclerosis. And… I feel great. Healthy travel starts long before the traveling begins, and while we can't always prevent getting run down or catching something along the way, a gentle warrior's approach to healthy travel has served me well over the last few weeks.

Cocoa Tiny House by Modern Tiny Living This is the Cocoa Tiny House on Wheels by Modern Tiny Living. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Our big thanks to Robbie Hendricks for sharing! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

Built-in Entertainment Center hacked from HEMNES units - IKEA Hackers We wanted a built-in entertainment center / wall unit in our basement that we were finishing. Custom cabinetry was considered but it was way out of our budget. Then, we came across examples of others using HEMNES cabinets as a starting point and loved the idea.

The Ecocapsule, the egg-shaped tiny home that can go off-grid and off-pipe, is real! We have seen so many photoshopped dreams that it is wonderful to see one turn into reality. When we first covered the Ecocapsule, designed by Bratislava based Nice Architects, I had doubts that it would ever be anything but vaporware.

How I Created Great Rituals in January In the month of January, I created a handful of incredible rituals, and they've been changing my life. The rituals are meant to support my focuses for 2018:. I have to say, I did a great job on all of these focuses in January, thanks to my rituals! In this article, I'll share what helped me create those rituals.

288 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home on Stilts in Houston, Texas for $60k with Land! Tiny home on stilts in Houston, Texas that's listed for sale on Estately. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Our big thanks to Candace Ramirez for sharing! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

461 Sq. Ft. Tiny Cottage in Fawnskin, California Tiny cottage in Fawnskin, California that's listed for sale on Estately. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Our big thanks to Candace Ramirez for sharing! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

Method to No Madness ~ with Ross Pennington and Sheena Henry What's not to love about a friendship that starts around a propane heater, on a cold Texas evening, fueled by bourbon? This week we're interviewing the new darlings of the tiny house movement, and recent recipients of the Florida Tiny House Festival "Best Tiny Home" award, Ross Pennington and Sheena Henry.

500 Sq. Ft. Tiny Log Cabin on 3.9 Acres in Viola, WI Listed for $49,900 Amish-built tiny log cabin that's listed for sale on Estately in Viola, Wisconsin. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Our big thanks to Candace Ramirez for sharing! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

Try The Old Try, Try, Try Again Method When You Fail Remember that old saying, "If at first you don't succeed: Try, try, try again. This is age-old wisdom, but we need to add something important into the mix. William Edward Hickson was a British educational writer. He lived from 1803-1870. Among other things, Hickson is known for popularizing the old proverb:.

Mindfulness Revisited One of my goals when I took over this blog was to investigate mindfulness. I've always considered myself a fairly mindful person, but I knew that in this new season in my life that I wanted to take time to appreciate life, slow down, and focus on people and experiences more.

My DIY Solar Power Setup - Free Energy for Life It is pretty well known at this point that Mr. Money Mustache is enamored with solar power. It works for individuals: In many cases, if you can get a good rack of solar panels on your roof, your monthly savings will be equivalent to making an investment that performs better than the stock market.

SIX New Tiny House Workshops w/The Diedricksen Brothers…. Call it friggin' overkill - we call it passion and obsession. Dustin and I have some AWESOME builds on the way and we want YOU to be part of them, and to join us and our MANY co-hosts as we guide you through the steps, methods, and ACTUAL BUILD EXPERIENCES on these work sites.

Welcome to the great experiment of 2018 Since December, we've sold our house in the Blue Mountains, given away the vast majority of our belongings, packed up all that was left, said goodbye to family and friends, and flown off to the great unknown. And even as I write those words it seems surreal.

Natasha's 28ft Tiny House on Wheels This is Natasha's 28ft tiny house on wheels! It's a 280 sq. ft. tiny home with two lofts, a large kitchen, and large bathroom. I think you'll really like the layout. Natasha designed it herself and then hired Lumbec Inc. to build it. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below.

Why buying second hand should be second nature For a number of years, my wardrobe has comprised around 50% secondhand clothing and 50% items that I have intentionally bought in the sale of brands I trust. Rarely do I buy clothing that is full price. Since I follow the Project 333 approach, that's roughly 16 items 'new' and 16 or so 'second hand' altogether.

Its time to put our roads on a low salt diet Alsace even made a silly video of himself eating over-salted Buffalo wings and tells Matt Galloway of the CBC that in some rivers and streams flowing into the Great Lakes, there are salt levels similar to seawater. He says that 80 percent of the problem evidently comes from municipal and private parking lots.

5 Feng Shui & Decluttering Hacks For Calling In Love You've got the dating profile and the first date outfit you feel unstoppable in. You're confident, open, and excited to meet someone new. Yet the type of relationship you desire most eludes you.

Independent Series 4800DL Tiny House on Wheels This is the Independent Series 4800DL Tiny House on Wheels by Designer Eco Homes in Australia. It features a kitchen, bathroom, king size loft, and plenty of storage throughout. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! comments. Leave a Comment.

640 Sq. Ft. Modcabin Near Asheville Modcabin available as a vacation rental near Asheville, North Carolina. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! comments. Leave a Comment. Name. Email. Website. Comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.

330 Sq. Ft. Tiny Cabin Near Asheville Tiny cabin by Modcabins near Asheville, North Carolina. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! comments. Leave a Comment. Name. Email. Website. Comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.

On Silence I made a free desktop photo for you. Download the image here, and listen to the conversation that inspired this mini post here. It's fantastic and helpful! With gratitude, Tammy. Leave a Comment. Name. Email. Website. Comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Roasted Vegetable Tacos with Chimichurri Consider this a taco remix: colorful, seasonal roasted vegetables wrapped inside warm corn tortillas and topped with vibrant green chimichurri sauce. Let's do taco night! This easy recipe requires just 30 minutes and includes so many delicious, wholesome ingredients.

Building the 21st Century's Gypsy Wagon Road Gypsy has recently set up shop in Southern California, building multi-functional, affordable campers in an eye-pleasing, vintage style. Playhouse, garden shed, camper, hauler, spare bedroom: a Road Gypsy wagon can do all these things and do them well.

The Best Minimalist Wedding Rings on the Planet! Those are the ultimate minimalist wedding rings! I was once asked by a friend; "tell me three things that you think make a great marriage". In my response, not one of my three answers included "you have to have an expensive wedding ring". The thing is, you can put a twist-tie around your partners finger.

Iconic bay window becomes multifunctional 'spine' in this apartment renovation As one of the most expensive places in the world for real estate, Hong Kong has an affordable housing crisis that's ongoing, so most people make do with smaller living spaces, and some will create seemingly bigger spaces by incorporating some multi-functionality.

The Big Outdoors Tiny House by Tiny Heirloom This is the Big Outdoors tiny house on wheels by Tiny Heirloom who you may recognize from their HGTV show called Tiny Luxury. This tiny house features a full kitchen, bathroom, living area with table that folds into the wall, a loft bedroom, and an additional loft with a daybed.

The Verve Lux Tiny House with Toilet Bump Out Over Tongue! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.

39ft Rustic Gooseneck Tiny House on Wheels This is a 39ft rustic gooseneck tiny house on wheels built by Spencer Sousa. It's located in Conway, South Carolina and is listed for sale over at the Tiny House Marketplace. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Learn more here. Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

To Find Your Deeper Purpose, Listen I've found that if we can create a connection between our daily actions and our deeper purpose in life, then each day will be incredibly fulfilling. Unfortunately most people haven't found their "deeper purpose" in life, and many don't even believe they have one.

Stefano Boeri's Trudo Vertical Forest wraps social housing in green In my New Year's resolutions for writing in 2018 I specifically called out the work of Stefano Boeri for calling his buildings green, because of all the extra concrete that goes into holding up those trees. I tried to do a bit of math:.

Little laneway house in Calgary looks and acts big In Calgary, Studio North has built an interesting 850 square foot laneway house that's behind an existing historic house. This is one of the great virtues of building in back lanes; it creates much-needed additional housing units behind without dramatic changes to what's in front.

Keep a folder of your favorite shots. In A Beginner's Guide to Backing Up Photos photographers, Ami Vitale and Terry Sullivan offered a variety of tips and tools to help readers organize and back-up their images. Here's one of my favorite tips from the article:. I decided to follow Vitale's advice and create a favorites folder in DropBox!

Grant Becker's Tiny Treehouse This treehouse was built by an 11-year-old boy and his mom. It took him 2.5 years to complete. Grant designed the treehouse and led the project. He used youtube videos to learn almost everything needed to know about building and construction. Green, reclaimed, recycled or repurposed materials were used everywhere possible.

Podcast 118 - Collecting In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan are back "in studio" to talk about collecting, and they answer the following questions:. Apple Podcasts · Google Play · Spotify · Soundcloud · YouTube · MP3. Joshua and Ryan's pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses.

109 Sq. Ft. Off Grid Tiny House Off grid tiny house on wheels. It's listed on Tiny House Marketplace for only $16,000 and located in Bayfield, Colorado. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

Father and Son Build Heated Tiny Bunk House Cabin for $160! This is the story of a father/son duo who built their own heated tiny bunk house cabin for only $160 in materials! The reason they were able to do it for so little money is that they have their own portable sawmill on the property so they are able to harvest their own wood.

Reduce blood pressure and hypertension with walkable cities Let's just stop talking about the "last mile problem". It's a feature, not a bug. The evidence keeps piling up: we have an obesity and health crisis, and urban design is part of the cure. Elle Hunt of the Guardian covers a new study finding that walkable cities reduce blood pressure and hypertension risk.

Couple Build $420 Tiny House in 3 Months! This is the story of a couple who built their own 67 sq. ft. tiny house in 3 months for only $420 using mostly recycled materials! Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

Hack a long Dining Bench with Storage for $200 It was pure luck our wall space wall is the exact width of two BJURSTA bench seats. IKEA items and other materials:. Tools:. Wait patiently to find 2 BJURSTA dining bench seats and join them together.

Flow's Big Book of Less! In December 2017, a staff member at Flow Magazine emailed me and asked if they could buy one of my photos for their new special Dutch edition Het grote boek van minder which translates to The Big Book of Less. Of course, I said yes! I'm thrilled that Flow bought one of my tiny house photos to put on the cover of The Big Book of Less!

Tiny Living in a Lifeguard Tower? If you live anywhere near the ocean you are familiar with lifeguard towers. These small structures are usually built on stilts and used to house beach lifeguards, their gear and rescue equipment. While they are not used for full-time living many of them do include a nice amount of space that could be converted into a tiny house.

What Is Minimalism? An Introduction To Living With Intentionality To answer this question, here's a snippet from our book:. In recent times minimalism has become a trend, even though it's a concept that has been around for centuries. It's all over mainstream media, and we've seen it used across various industries including fashion, design, food, technology, beauty, housing, and more.

All Things Within Reason: A Poem Find the balance within the extremes of each season. Give yourself to the moment without selling yourself short,. and do all things within reason. If you'd like to read more of my poetry or fiction, or listen to some of my music, you can learn more about my creative works by going to my other blog @ www.danerickson.net.

Surrendering the Golden Fortress Ask yourself, Am I buying too much stuff because deep down I think it will insulate me from the harms of a chancy world? And if so, what is that costing me? In our society, too many of us believe security can be adequately found in the personal ownership of possessions.

Enriched Garden Soil - Supercharge Your Soil This Spring… The secret to a successful garden is right beneath your feet. Show your soil some love and you can expect bigger, better harvests. Soil that's in top-notch condition is the secret behind successful harvests, and now's the time to prime your soil for the coming growing season.

Ideas & Inspiration For Building A Raised Garden Bed… There are a lot of advantages to having a raised garden bed to grow your fruit and vegetables. These include less weeds, more growing space, less soil erosion, better water retention than sandy soils, and better drainage than clay soils.

216 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home in Madison, Maine Listed for $39,900! Tiny home in Madison, Maine that's listed on the market for $39,900 according to Estately. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Our big thanks to Candace Ramirez for sharing! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

Minnesota Architect Turning Shipping Containers into Versatile Tiny Homes! This is the story of Minnesota architect Geoffrey Warner who is turning shipping containers into versatile tiny homes. He is the creator of Alchemy Architects and is well known in the tiny house community for creating the weeHouse. This tiny house container project is called the LightHotel!

Family of 4 Paid Off $96k in Debt and Built a Custom Tiny House VIDEO: How This Frugal Family of 4 Paid Off $96k in Debt and Built a Custom Tiny House. comments. Leave a Comment. Name. Email. Website. Comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.

14 Tiny House Space Savers that will Maximize Space in Any Home These awesome space-saving gadgets and appliances, chosen by my friend and Tiny Houser Jenna Spesard, will work perfectly in any home. *Some of these are affiliate links. Jenna does not work for these companies. These are Jenna's own opinions. HELP Make Tiny Houses Legal in Oregon!

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22ft Rustic Elegance Tiny House This is a 22ft Rustic Elegance Tiny House on Wheels that's for sale in Tehachapi, California. According to Tiny Home Builders, it features 270 sq. ft. of space inside and is offered at $54,500. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

12 Approachable Ideas To Grow The Animal Rights Movement The animal rights movement is something we're incredibly passionate about here at The Minimalist Vegan, and it's a big reason as to why we started this blog in the first place. In a moment, I'm going to share some ideas of how you can support the animal rights movement, but before I do that, what does animal rights mean?

154 Sq. Ft. Roving Model Tiny House on Wheels Roving Model Tiny House on Wheels that's for sale in Eighty Four, Pennsylvania according to Tiny Home Builders. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

Tiny Cabin on Wheels in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below. Thanks! If you liked this you'll LOVE our Free Daily Tiny House Newsletter with more! Thank you! You can also try our NEW Small House Newsletter! More Like This: Explore our Tiny Houses Section.

32ft Tiny House on Wheels with Downstairs Bedroom and Two Lofts! This is "The Executive" Model Tiny House on Wheels by Big Dog Tiny Homes out of Kenosha, Wisconsin. It's a 32ft tiny house on wheels with a downstairs bedroom plus two lofts upstairs! Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Our big thanks to Julie Gabos for sharing!

Creating a Tiny House Fishing Cabin There is in every American, I think, something of the old Daniel Boone - who, when he could see the smoke from another chimney, felt himself too crowded and moved further out into the wilderness. Hubert H. Humphrey. People are buying pieces of land in the wilderness and putting cabins on them in a very economical and creative way.

Co-working offices are built out of shipping containers inside old bakery Hans van Eeden of HER Architecten tells TreeHugger that a former 14,00m2 bakery was turned into business / workshop spaces for small and start-up companies using 60 shipping containers. Her Architecten.

Building façade generates electricity and tells you stories The skin of MVRDV's new Milestone office building is very busy. Years ago when smart phones were new, I visited Paris and complained that their historic marker plaques were all in French.

Nick's Bendy Bus Conversion! This is a unique tandem bus conversion called the 'Bendy' Bus Conversion by Nick Jordan. It's an articulated bus turned into a large DIY motorhome! Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! You can share this using the e-mail and social media re-share buttons below.

Happy Links: Pandas Gone Wild After a year hiatus, I decided to revive my weekly happy links series, with a caveat. If I don't have interesting links to share, I won't share my weekly link roundup, and if I only have a few good reads to share, I'll only share a few good reads. I want this series to be playful, lighthearted, easy to create, and inspiring for you to read!

JUST Announced! NC Tiny House Building 101 Class - Pink Hill, NC While Deek Diedricksen is the keynote speaker for the Tiny House NC Street Festival in Pink Hill, NC on April 27th-29th, 2018, he'll also be doing a side HANDS-ON building/tiny house 101 workshop on Saturday, April 28th.

'Canuck & I' Explores The Unique Bond Between A Crow & His Human Friend… This short 20-minute film focuses on a crow named Canuck's close relationship with his human friend Shawn Bergman. The two became fast friends after Bergman's landlord, whose son found Canuck as a baby and raised him, released the bird back into the wild.

Lifelong Friends Built These Tiny Houses So They Could Live Right Next To Each Other… When you're young, you usually want to spend most of the time hanging out with your friends. But as people grow up, this idea slowly fades away. For the people featured in this next story, that's not the case. They have built their tiny houses next to each other so they can live in a friendly neighborhood and have fun together.

24ft Laurel Tiny House on Wheels by Tiny House Building Company This is the 24ft Laurel Tiny House on Wheels by Tiny House Building Company out of Fredericksburg, Virginia. It features about 272 sq. ft. of space inside and features an oversized 33" drop in stainless sink with gourmet faucet! Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below.

18ft Ascot Tiny House on Wheels by Tiny House Building Company This is the 18ft Ascot Tiny House on Wheels by Tiny House Building Company out of Fredericksburg, Virginia. It features about 167 sq. ft. of space inside and has been nicknamed the "Olive" because of it's deep green paint! Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below.

Stair of the week stores a ton of art, leads to gorgeous new garret He is not quite the solitary genius starving in a cold garret; Syte Architects slipped a lovely mezzanine in and built a very nice storage stair underneath. The architects describe it:. James Morris for Syte Architects via Designboom.

Hands On Workshop with Deek at the North Carolina Tiny House Street Festival! The festival is taking place during the weekend! Deek's workshop is limited to 35 people and the price includes access to the weekend long festival. You also get framing plans for Deek's Transforming Tiny A-frame Cabin. You can share this using the e-mail and social media re-share buttons below.

Experience the One & One XL Tiny Homes in the Bay Area this Saturday! If you enjoyed this you'll LOVE our Free Daily Tiny House Newsletter with even more! Thank you! More Like This: Explore our Events Section. See The Latest: Go Back Home to See Our Latest Tiny Houses. comments. Leave a Comment. Name. Email. Website. Comment.

Goal Post desk for a soccer loving kid My son was in need of a desk, and since he loves soccer and already has IKEA birch effect furniture in his bedroom, we decided to build the following IKEA hack, a goal post desk. IKEA items and other materials:. The frame is from 2×2 clear pine, joined with biscuit joints, wood glue and some screws.

Everything With Heart On Wednesday, I exchanged Elaina's weight reduction food for one of her new favorite's-Hill's Urgent Care A/D with chicken-at my veterinarian's office. At this point, Elaina can have anything she'd like to eat because the cancer can't be cured.

Finding her Niche and Helping Others Find Theirs ~ with Lina Minard This week, we have another follow-up guest and although she's a Portland resident, we hardly get to see her. Ironically, Michelle has seen her MORE in other states than our own! But we didn't let that stop us from practically stalking Lina Minard for another interview.

Vegan Sweet Potato Butternut Squash Tortilla When traveling to Portugal last year, we sampled some seriously delicious food, one dish being a Spanish-inspired tortilla. Traditionally, a Spanish tortilla is a dish that's somewhere between a gratin and a frittata with plenty of potatoes layered inside - kind of like a potato omelet.

How The Minimalists Are Using Social Media in 2018 After using social media almost every day for the last seven years, we decided to walk away for a month to see what would happen. So, on December 31, 2017, before the ball dropped, we deleted all our past tweets and Instagram photos, we ceased our Facebook and Pinterest activity, and we uploaded a cryptic video alluding to our disappearance.

Simple Is As Simple Does I lived in a trailer, worked like a dog,. to get to the top. Packed my bags. for Nashville, Tennessee. My tune had. changed, but the dream remained. Oh, simple is as simple does. I went off to school, got a degree. in talking on the radio. Could still.

London is a different country - they do things differently there Mrs Ermine went to the Great Wen to wrangle some business there, and returned to the provinces with culture shock. London is at the leading edge of many changes in the way we do things, and the general prniciple of these changes to to take something simple and complicate the hell out of it.

Aurora Tiny House Tours in Calgary, Alberta! Related: Expanding Tiny House on Wheels with Huge Slide Outs: Expands with the Touch of a Button! Our big thanks to Shannon Novak for sharing! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below. Thanks! If you liked this you'll LOVE our Free Daily Tiny House Newsletter with more!

Family of Five Living in their DIY School Bus Conversion! If you liked this you'll LOVE our Free Daily Tiny House Newsletter with more! Thank you! You can also try our NEW Small House Newsletter! More Like This: Explore our Bus Conversions Section. See The Latest: Go Back Home to See Our Latest Tiny Houses. comments.

Urbanists call for a non-aggression pact among cities competing for Amazon's HQ2 States, cities, and metropolitan regions should compete on the underlying strength of their communities-not on public handouts to private business. A feline clinic in Dublin has published a full-time job listing for cat… by Melissa Breyer in Pets.

Building science expert says we should prepare for the coming Stucco-Pocalypse Usually, people who write about such things as building science are dry and technical, but then there is Joseph Lstiburek of Building Science Corporation. He looks at the problem of using stucco on wood, which is still being done. He says we are heading for another stucco-pocalypse.

Amazon's Spheres open in Seattle A feline clinic in Dublin has published a full-time job listing for cat… by Melissa Breyer in Pets. First there was foamcrete, then there was papercrete and hempcrete, and now we've… by Derek Markham in Tiny Houses.

Friendly Reminders about A Simple Year & Patreon Today-Wednesday, January 31, 2018-is the last day to register for A Simple Year: Twelve Months of Guided Simplicity! I'm excited to teach the Digital Simplicity Module in March. In my module, I'll talk about social media and mindfulness, decluttering your digital world, relationships, and more.

Tiny Camper Build I built a simple tiny camper on a 4×8 trailer last year. My wife and I wanted something to enjoy for short get away camping that could be pulled with anything. We loved the old teardrops and based it off that but had a budget in mind and little trailer we bought used to begin the build.

A Minimalist's Experience Working at a Big-Box Store Well, here it is, my big confession: I had a job working part-time at a big-box store for six months. As someone who leads a minimalist lifestyle, I had days where I wanted to lash out against the company and my co-workers, or scream out to customers; "YOU DON'T NEED ALL THIS STUFF"!

Does Frugality Stick With You After You Move Past Lean Times? Both my husband and I grew up in frugal families. When we were married young and had a baby and also Ken was in school at night and we were having to take student loans and squeak by, we were actually pretty happy, living in a frugal apartment.I used the laundrymat.We shared one old car.I did not ever "shop" as a hobby!!!!!!

The Morning Routine Effect When you become more intentional about how you start your day, things begin to shift on the inside and the outside. This is the morning routine effect. I started private yoga classes in search of less stress and more health a few months after my MS diagnosis.

This prefabricated house in Spain took five hours to erect Sometimes it may only take hours, like this modern, two-storey structure by Spain's Baragaño Architects seen at ArchDaily, which apparently took a mere five hours to erect.

Workshop Tool Bench from BEKVAM Kitchen Trolley Having built a small garden workshop I needed a tool bench for my stationary tools such as a band saw and drill-press. An earlier project had resulted in a simple mobile stand for the band-saw from off-cuts of plywood and MDF. However the drill-press was much heavier at around 25Kg so a more substantial tool stand was required.

All the gratitude! Thank you for the sweet and loving comments about Elaina's health status on the blog, social media, and via e-mail. My inbox is exploding with love, and I'm incredibly grateful for each comment and email that comes my way. Please know we'll spoil Elaina rotten while she's still around.

Just Park It: New Listings Try It Tiny offers new listings in the states of Vermont, Ohio, South Carolina, both for tiny house rentals and also private land rentals. Tiny house owners in Vermont should definitely check this listing out. This 1840 farm property features an incredible countryside situated next to a lake in Whitingham, Vermont.

Podcast 117 - Loincloth In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan chat with minimalist-traveler Colin Wright, author of Some Thoughts About Relationships, and they answer the following questions:. Apple Podcasts · Google Play · Spotify · Soundcloud · YouTube · MP3.

How This Frugal Family Of 4 Paid Off $96k In Debt & Built A Custom Tiny House… After finishing school, Jocelyn and Jarvis had $96,000 of debt from student loans, credit cards, and buying a small rural property. This is the story of how they paid it off in just 20 months, and then built themselves a debt-free custom tiny house for their family of 4.

Primer: When You Have Too Much to Do You have a to-do list that scrolls on for days. You are managing multiple projects, getting lots of email and messages on different messaging systems, managing finances and personal health habits and so much more. It all keeps piling up, and it can feel overwhelming.

Hands on Tiny House Workshop in Joshua Tree, CA March 23-25 with Diedricksen Brothers! This is to announce the upcoming hands on tiny house workshop in Joshua Tree, CA with the Diedricksen brothers. It's happening March 23rd-25th, 2018. Space is limited to 30 people for your best learning experience. The theme of this workshop is building on a budget, so if you're interested learn more and sign up for your spot below!

Man downsizes from 250 to 54 sq. ft. 'expandable' mobile tiny home Ward has since sold his tiny, 250-square-foot "mansion", and recently moved into a smaller but more mobile 54-square-foot space. It's built on a boat trailer, and can expand to over 120 square feet. Watch this short but enlightening interview and tour of Ward's Terraform project, version 3, via Derek Diedricksen of Relaxshacks:.

Stackable OPod Tube Tiny Houses Built Using Concrete Water Pipes! Our big thanks to Bob Jordan for sharing! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below. Thanks! If you liked this you'll LOVE our Free Daily Tiny House Newsletter with more! Thank you! You can also try our NEW Small House Newsletter!

Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA, dies at 91 Ingvar Kamprad changed the industry, making good design affordable, accessible and desirable. We have written previously about how in 1953, IKEA's designer Gillis Lundgren had a problem. His boss, the owner of IKEA, was Ingvar Kamprad, who died recently at the age of 91.

The Bridgehampton Tiny House on Wheels by Tiny Hamptons This is the Bridgehampton Tiny House on Wheels by Tiny Hamptons. It's a 350 sq. ft. tiny home with a contemporary look and feel. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Our big thanks to Jessica and Mark Dunkirk for sharing! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

The Pika Teardrop Camper Tiny House This is the "Pika" teardrop camper tiny house. It's a custom micro camper built by Jacob Wolf MacLeod that he's offering for $6,000. Currently it's located in Portland, Oregon but he is able to delivery it regionally if you're interested. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below.

Why we should declutter our 'to do' lists For someone who is extremely task driven, ticking items off my 'to do' list delivers a feeling of satisfaction and achievement. Be they work tasks or household chores, that literal or virtual "tick" against each item infers productivity, usefulness and a sense of moving forward.

On Blogging Daily Recently, I read A few notes on daily blogging by Austin Kleon. His post came at the perfect time because I've been considering doing a daily blogging challenge. Also, I've become increasingly leery of putting my creative mojo toward social media because apps like Instagram distract me from doing deep work.

3 Unexpected Things A Psychiatrist Prescribed Me For Anxiety I was feeling some fear and anxiety. So I went to see a psychiatrist, Doctor Fred. His prescription was a bit unexpected. When I went to see the Doctor Fred, I expected that he was going to prescribe me some kind of anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medicine.

12 People-Just Like You-Who Have Used Minimalism To Pay Off Debt Owning less is a lifestyle that costs less than the constant pursuit of more. For some, this may mean the opportunity to save for the first time. For others, it may result in the opportunity to retire early, travel more, or work less. For others, it may represent opportunity to get out of debt.

Expandable Tiny Cottage A 325 square feet tiny house with folding deck and retractable and expanding wall that can sleep seven people in Liberty Lake, Washington. More info. here.

Living Full Time in a 54 Sq. Ft. Tiny House that 'Expands' to 120 Sq. Ft.! This is the story of Richard Ward's new 54 sq. ft. tiny house on wheels that 'expands' to 120 sq. ft.! It's called the Terraform 3 and surprisingly, it has everything he needs to live full time while traveling around the United States. Richard's goal was to build a tiny house that was easy to get around with.

The Long Goodbye On Friday-January 26, 2018-my cat Elaina had a follow-up appointment with our veterinarian because she had surgery on her bum last week and a mass removed from her tongue. Unfortunately, the biopsy results contained bad news. Elaina has an aggressive form of cancer in her mouth called squamous cell carcinoma.

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads. So fix yourself a nice warm cup of coffee or tea. Find a quiet moment this weekend. And enjoy some encouraging words to inspire more simplicity in your life today. I Was Getting Buried in Clutter. Here's How I Finally Got Free. - The Washington Post* by Valerie Peterson.

Building code changes can have unintended consequences Serious green builders have been saying for years that we should be building less as well as building better. If the market values the houses lower because they are smaller, then somebody gets a bargain both in the purchase price and operating costs.

Hands On Tiny House Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia with Dan Louche This is to announce a hands on tiny house workshop in Atlanta, Georgia happening March 24-25, 2018 with Dan Louche. It's a 2-day event where you get to learn how to build tiny houses, use power tools, plumbing, electrical wiring, framing basics, and more!

Photographer's Tiny Cabin and Sprinter Van Conversion This is the tiny cabin and Sprinter van conversion of Brian Moss. He's a photographer who hired Bear Creek Tiny Houses to build the cabin over ten years ago. Brian also travels in his Sprinter van conversion which you can also see below. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below.

Could you LIVE in just 54 Square Feet? Granted, this isn't for most - heck, living in a space so small isn't for just about everyone, but it can be done, and despite some of the comments you might see with dwellings like these, it IS a home - and someones full time dwelling.

How I transformed an IKEA table into an Infinity Mirror Coffee Table I recently made myself an Infinity Mirror Coffee Table using an IKEA LACK coffee table. It turned out pretty cool! I made a video tutorial of how I made it. Take a look. Materials:. Tools:. Steps:. Measure where the mirror should go on the table top. Use masking tape to mark out where you need to cut.

Curried Quinoa Salad Then come fresh vegetables, herbs, and an utterly delicious tahini green curry paste dressing I've been putting on everything lately. The result is a hearty, savory dish that is easy, delicious, and quite versatile. For my salad "toppings," I went with radish, bell pepper, green onion, and cilantro.

Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with a Capsicum Tomato Sauce I normally make gnocchi when I have leftover mash but using sweet potato gives it more depth in flavour especially when you bake the potatoes whole first. The secret to a great smooth consistency is to blend it in a food processor. I used to do it by hand, but it turns out much better when blended.

Regreening The Desert Documentary… For more than 15 years, cameraman and ecologist John D. Liu has been working on his worldwide mission to green deserts and to restore biodiversity. It all started in 1995 when Liu filmed the Loess-plateau in China.

Making Compost In 30 Days Using Pallet Wood Bins… If you have a backyard garden then you could probably use tons of compost to fill up your beds and supercharge your plants. Here is how to make great compost in 30-45 days with nothing but leaves and grass! Making The Pallet Compost Bins: I got the pallets for free and screwed them together.

January Happy Links: Getting Things Done Registration for A Simple Year is open until January 31st! Visit the site to learn about the monthly topics, course contributors, and more. I hope you'll join us! With that, below are 10 happy links that inspired me this month. Enjoy! Getting things done by Austin Kleon reminded me that I'm a human, not a productivity machine.

Clad in 546 brooms, this micro-office is a monastic haven for work Working in a dedicated home office out in the backyard has its advantages, such potentially increased productivity. But these spaces can also function as more contemplative spaces too, perhaps for yoga and meditation.

Relaxing Into the Feeling of Being Alive There's a practice so simple that many people will discount it as not worthy of trying. They'll miss out on the transformative power of that very simplicity. The practice is this: Sit still for a moment, and just feel what it feels like to be alive. Then relax into that feeling.

Water sports center is built from old shipping containers Designboom shows a new water sports center in Halsskov, Denmark that is built out of old shipping containers. This is one of those uses that makes absolute sense; shipping containers can be locked up tight for security, and are really good in the salt air.

Catalina Model Tiny House by Tiny Innovations This is the Catalina Model Tiny House on Wheels by Tiny Innovations. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Our big thanks to Randy Woodman for sharing! You can share this using the e-mail and social media re-share buttons below. Thanks!

Hanging picture frames accurately on the wall - IKEA Hackers Hanging picture frames on the wall sounds simple. But there are too many ways to attach a frame to a wall. RIBBA frames are great! We have several in different sizes for a consistent gallery look. But sometimes the mounting hardware makes accurate placement a challenge.

3 Reasons To Break Away From The Tribe Instead Of Following I've got news for you… Just like the American Dream, the tribal philosophy is actually holding you back. When you follow a group mentality, you will always get a group result. Sometimes, groups can be effective. But when we want to truly accomplish big things, groups are more likely to hold us back.

How To Make Cloth Banded Cheddar Cheese… Cheddar cheese, the most widely purchased and eaten cheese in the world is always made from cow's milk. It is a hard and natural cheese that has a slightly crumbly texture if properly cured and if it is too young, the texture is smooth. It gets a sharper taste as it matures, over a period of time between 9 to 24 months.

Some Hidden Costs Of Home Ownership You might scatter diseased rodents with Hantavirus to find new hiding places in your home. Or you might poison yourself because you don't have any training in how to use harsh chemicals. Other professional services you will need sooner or later are repair and maintenance.

Airy chapel held up by tree-like fractal structure in Japan In Nagasaki, this striking modern chapel by Yu Momoeda Architecture Office readapts these old joinery traditions to create a spiritually uplifting space that's also visually abstract, thanks to a load-bearing, fractalized structure that dominates the interior.

How to find the best bargains in London It would be fair to say that we are well and truly in the age of the bargain-hunter. The days of picking up the first thing we see in the shops are long gone - a bit of shopping around is usually needed. In London, it's a practice that's easier said than done.

Sarah Wilson on sucking at meditation Photo by Kalen Emsley on Unsplash. Hello, and welcome to the Slow Home Summer series! For 5 weeks over December and January we'll be revisiting some of our favourite episodes from 2017, so we can walk the walk and slow down during the Christmas break.

Photographs and Sentimental Items: Letting Go with Less Heartache I'm often asked for strategies to let go of photographs and sentimental items but even with a specific roadmap, it's still hard. The question most people are really asking is this: Is it possible to let go of photographs and sentimental stuff with more ease and less heartache?

323 Sq. Ft. Modern Houseboat with Rooftop Deck It's a modern 40ft houseboat with a wrap around deck and an additional rooftop deck. Inside, you'll find a bedroom, living area, dining nook, kitchenette, and full bathroom! Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! By the way, there is a larger 47ft version with two bedrooms you can learn about here.

720 Sq. Ft. Cabin in Hoodsport Cabin that's on the market in Hoodsport, Washington and is available on Zillow. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Our big thanks to Joceile Moore for sharing! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

388 Sq. Ft. Tiny Cottage in Hoodsport Tiny cottage that's on the market in Hoodsport, Washington on Zillow. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Our big thanks to Joceile Moore for sharing! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

960 Sq. Ft. Cabin with 2 Bedrooms! Cabin with 2 bedrooms that's on the market in Hoodsport, Washington according to Zillow. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below. Thanks! If you liked this you'll LOVE our Free Daily Tiny House Newsletter with more!

Five Frugal Things I have, especially early on, gotten TOO MUCH suction. That was uncomfortable as well! If I make sure it is far enough in, it is comfortable enough that I forget that I am wearing it. But I've had it since about 2006, so it's pretty routine after a while!

Young Entrepreneurs Living in a Camper Van to Save Money and Travel When we asked them why they chose to live in a van, they said it was partly because the internet makes it possible to work from anywhere, partly because of inflated real estate prices in Toronto, but also because they love adventure and don't want to be tied down right now.

Custom Tiny House by Wasted Time LLC This is a custom tiny house on wheels by Wasted Time LLC out of Houma, Louisiana. It's built on a triple axle trailer and features an amazing kitchen with a big, beautiful sink! Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Our big thanks to Wade Heyl for sharing!

Multifunctional wall adds two bedrooms to this tiny studio apartment Italian design firm llabb takes this tack, borrowing nautical design ideas to add two hidden bedrooms a tiny 376-square-foot studio apartment in the coastal region of Liguria in Italy. Anna Positano.

Tiny Home Freedom V2 by Alabama Tiny Homes This is the Tiny Home Freedom V2 by Alabama Tiny Homes. It features a combination of metal and natural wood siding. How do you like it? Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! More photos here. Follow Alabama Tiny Homes on Facebook here!

The capsule hotel gets a remake Now Schemata architects has renovated a big, eight story high hotel in Shibuya, Tokyo, upgrading, modernizing while keeping a bit of the retro feel. They are quoted in Dezeen:. Nacása and Partners Inc/ Schemata Architects via Dezeen. It is the first renovation for the chain that built the 9 hour capsule hotel we showed a few years ago.

Freedom #2 Built on a 28 foot triple axle trailer with a 2' overhang. This version incorporates a Murphy bed instead of the trundle below the bathroom. It also features a tub and the biggest closet we're ever built. There is additional storage in the floor of the living area as well and the closet.

7 Bits of News: From Cats to Courses Last Friday, I took an unexpected trip to the vet. On Thursday, my cat Elaina wasn't eating, drinking water, or meowing at me. Plus, her tail was down. So I called our veterinarian and made an appointment to get her checked. Unfortunately, Elaina had an abscessed anal gland, and the vet did surgery immediately.

Gluten-Free Muhammara Dip - Minimalist Baker Recipes I don't think Kate is trying to be political. I see it in terms of humanitarianism. This dish comes from a place of the world where many are starving and could use some help. I love minimalist baker and have made so many of their delicious recipes.

Podcast 116 - Resonate In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan visit Nashville with musician Griffin House, and they answer the following questions:. Apple Podcasts · Google Play · Spotify · Soundcloud · YouTube · MP3. Joshua and Ryan's pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses.

600 Sq. Ft. Tiny Log Cabin in Heber City, Utah Tiny log cabin in Heber City, Utah that's for sale. According to Estately, it was originally built in 1981 but recently remodeled. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thanks! Our big thanks to Candace Ramirez for sharing! Share this with your friends / family using the e-mail / social re-share buttons below.

Mindfully Coping with Urges & Addictions Many of us have something that we'd like to change in our lives, but it can be pretty difficult to overcome addictions or strong urges. The things we want to quit, and the urges we want to overcome, can span a pretty wide gamut:.