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The Single Most Important Factor in Leading a Happy, Fulfilling Life-According to Science Note: This is a guest post from Jay Harrington of Life and Whim. Working out at the gym got a lot easier the day I realized the sweat served a higher purpose. I'm 43, and have three kids under eight years old, so if I want to be around-healthy and active-for my grandkids, I better put the work in now or face regret later.

28-Foot Blue Heron Tiny House by Blue Sky Tiny Homes This is the 28-foot Blue Heron tiny house from Blue Sky Tiny Homes. They are based out of Evansville, Indiana and offer a variety of models to choose from. This Blue Heron tiny house features a shed-style roof and an open floor plan with 10-foot ceilings that help make it feel spacious inside.

10k Tiny House Built in 3 Months This is an $11k tiny house built in 3 months. It's the 69-square-feet Magenta Tiny House by Joshua Woodsman of Pin-Up Houses. It features a living area, kitchenette, dining nook, and a chemical toilet. It's very small, lightweight, affordable to build, and easy to tow.

Improved IKEA bed with easy DIY tufted headboard I wanted nice interiors for all of them, but at the same time we could not spend too much. Also I dislike wasting things that could be used or reused if slightly changed. So this IKEA hack merged the best of my abilities. I bought IKEA bedframe FJELLSE, second hand, so it was half price.

The Rule of the Edge In all of my many challenges and habit changes and book writing and learning, I've found one thing to be the most powerfully beneficial to all growth, learning and training. I call it the Rule of the Edge. Here's the rule: practice at your edge most of the time.

Architects propose turning Buckingham Palace into affordable housing It's time to end restrictive single family zoning, intensify an underdeveloped, underutilized urban resource. Times are tough in the UK, not knowing whether it is in or out of Europe and the economy under stress.

How to Legalize Tiny Houses in Your City through Advocacy with Will Johnston Will Johnston is a thought leader and innovator in the micro-living world. Over the past four years, his organization has enabled policy change and brought acceptance of microstructures in the Southeast through events, projects, and advocacy. His philosophy is allowing people to think outside the box by putting them in one.

Be the Priority of Your Own Life Be the priority of your own life by pausing a few times a day and asking, "How can I take really good care of myself right now?" Don't wait until you think you deserve it, or until you have time or money or space or whatever else you think needs to happen before you start putting yourself first.

Why our building materials should be almost edible Cork, straw and mushrooms can keep you warm and can be a healthy, high fiber part of a balanced building diet. Years ago I was called a Luddite for suggesting that we should have a version of Michael Pollan's food rules for buildings; that we should use building materials that are almost edible if by cows if not by people.

An Interview with Ben Recently we hit the mind-blowing number of 5 million downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! This is all thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback.

650 sq. ft. Urban Micro Home is a small house for outdoorsy couple Outfitted with smart home tech and lots of storage space for outdoor gear, this small home feels 'just right'.

The Perfect Retirement Tiny House That's Simple, Affordable, and Wheelchair-Friendly This is a retirement tiny house that's in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The house offers a 23.5′ by 8′ living area and a 23.5′ by 10.5′ veranda area that more-than doubles living space. It's very well done. Outside you have a wheelchair-friendly ramp that leads directly to the motorized entryway.

The Strawberry Tiny House on Wheels by Cheeky Monkey Tiny Houses This is the Strawberry tiny house on wheels by Cheeky Monkey Tiny Houses. I'm excited to show it to you because up until recently we only had digitally-produced models to show you the Strawberry tiny house design by Cheeky Monkey Tiny Houses. To explore more awesome tiny homes like this, join our Tiny House Newsletter.

Hot Off the ePress - Tiny House Magazine Issue 73 Available as a PDF to read on your computer or other devices. Also an iOS app version for your iPad or iPhone. Coming soon to your Android device. Many people will tell you the tiny house movement is just a fad…that eventually people will get sick of their small space and come to their senses.

20-Foot Tiny House You Can Order on Amazon with Main Floor Bedroom This is a 20-foot tiny house that you can order on Amazon. It's an RVIA-certified tiny home on wheels by Bantam Built Homes. The home is their 20-foot long Everest Model that you may remember. It's unique because it's a 20-foot tiny house with a main floor bedroom.

Ovoid cabin offers day hikers shelter in Norway In collaboration with Format Engineers and the Norwegian Trekking Association, SPINN Arkitekter recently constructed this fantastic egg-shaped cabin for day hikers near Hammerfest, Norway. Measuring about 150 square feet, the Dagsturhytter cabin is intended to accommodate hikers travelling through the area.

The Beautiful and Scary Practice of Moving Closer Life is full of all kinds of stresses, and each of us has habitual ways of reacting to those stresses - we procrastinate, run to comforts, lash out or distance ourselves from others, try to exit from a stressful place, mentally complain about others.

Plenty of Room to Ride with the RadMini Electric Folding Fat Bike When in our process of significantly downsizing to our tiny house we had many moments of questioning which items we would keep, sell, or donate. We knew we would have to make sacrifices and had many items we enjoyed but just wouldn't have space to store.

Podcast 167 - Collectibles In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about their personal collections, and they answer the following questions:. Apple Podcasts · Spotify · Google Play · Soundcloud · MP3. Joshua and Ryan's pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses.

MVRDV's Taipei Twin Towers are wrapped in "interactive media façades" This is what happens when LEDs get cheaper and better: designers use more of them. Someone predicted this once. We are really not supposed to talk about the rebound effect, which is often confused with Jevons' Paradox. That's where as energy efficiency increases, people use more of it rather than taking the savings.

Create a delightful and cozy kid's reading corner I wanted to make my boy a room that he would love and reflect his love of reading and my nostalgia. The seat in the reading corner was made so he could have a snugly corner. First, I built two PAX wardrobes in the space. Second, I measured and cut a board that was strong enough to hold a small boy and all the books he reads!

The Margarita Tiny House Vacation in Matlacha This is the Margarita Tiny House Vacation in Matlacha, Florida. It's right on the water, too! The contemporary tiny house rents for around $149.99 per night. It sleeps up to six people and features a kitchen, bathroom, living area, and two sleeping lofts.

Plús Hús ADU Made from Recycled Panels Iceland doesn't just export excellent music and beautiful people. The island is also an inspiration for a brand new ADU made from recycled steel panels. Built by the architectural firm, Minarc, but constructed in Los Angeles, the Plús Hús is a contemporary and customizable structure for simple living, working or extra income.

6 Ways to Apply Decluttering Principles to Your Finances The good news is the same strategies that can help an overwhelmed newbie minimalist declutter can also help a financially struggling minimalist get a better handle on her money. Many of the same principles apply. Here are some decluttering strategies that can double as tips for money management:.

Not Busy, Focused Take a look around: everyone is multitasking. We're doing more than we've ever done, attempting to fill every interstitial zone with more work. Every downtown scene is the same: heads tilted downward, faces lost in glowing screens, technology turning people into zombies.

Don't Let Your Insecurities Demand Unnecessary Attention As humans, advertisers pray on our insecurities - the beauty industry is a prime example of this. They market to us to make us feel like we want to be someone else. Like what we have right now is not enough, and we need that anti-wrinkle cream to make all our lines magically disappear or hair colour to hide our natural grey tones.

Contemporary guesthouse combines rammed earth and bamboo structure Built as part of a community training project, this multifunctional structure acts as a place for visitors to stay, as well as an extra office or a place for the kids to play.

Alienware introduces the forever laptop It's a crazy expensive overpowered gaming machine, but it turns laptop design on its head. There have long been two schools of thought about computer design: Build it in a big box where you can upgrade to the fastest components, and your computer never wears out.

Top 12 Shipping Container Tiny Homes of 2018 These are our top 12 shipping container tiny homes from 2018. People do amazing things with these big metal boxes, so it's time we appreciate the top 12 shipping container homes of 2018. Tell us what you think! To explore more amazing tiny homes like this, join our Tiny House Newsletter.

Operation Tiny Home Launches a Down Payment Assistance Grant Program Step Inside A Tiny Home Community: Tour the Tiny Houses and Outdoor Spaces. Colorado's Tiny House Movement, Communities and Resources Galore. Auburn Fall Home Show Tiny House Village. Tiny Houses AND Housing Leaders to Descend on Atlanta for Two Exciting Events.

Dad does it! Hacks the most amazing princess castle bed Our daughter is no dummy though… as she approached her fourth birthday, she began asking for her own special "big girl bed". And while our son had given us complete "creative control", our daughter was a little more specific: "a fairy princess castle bed… preferably pink," she said.

Unitising my portfolio shows I sucked last year The trouble with unitising one's portfolio is there's nowhere to hide. Unitising lets you track the effects of adding money, which helps avoid the easiest gotcha in fooling yourself on returns. The Beardstown Ladies Investment Club effect.

Binishells Tiny and Small Housing These are the Binishells tiny and small housing solutions. It's a dome-like structure that can be used in many different ways. Here are some examples of how they can be used as tiny homes, small homes, and duplexes. This construction method uses less labor and materials than conventional building methods, but what do you think?

How to design a truly sustainable office building Here's a checklist for an extreme green dream office, courtesy of Doctor Peter Rickaby. He creates an extreme dream office building, much like I tried to do with my extreme dream healthy house.

Food Packaging: 4 Ways to Reduce Waste in the Kitchen At the start of the new year, it's a perfect time to pause and take inventory. Acknowledge the ways in which you are crushing it in life, as well as examine the ways in which you are just gently squishing it…think weak hand holding a stress ball. From this quiet, retrospective place can you set bold goals for the year ahead.

The Inspiration Gap: why we all fall in and how to get out Then I got lost in the inspiration gap. My wake-up call in 2006 helped me close the gap between inspiration and action, but I still have to remind myself to continue to step into change the moment I feel inspired. That doesn't mean I turn my life upside down when I read a book that inspires me, but it means I take a tiny step immediately.

Need a study table for kids? Here are 10 of the brightest ideas A study table for kids doesn't need to take up a lot of space. It can fit into their rooms. Or even a corner of the living room or kitchen. To spark some bright ideas for your space we made a list of 10 best IKEA study tables for kids. Let's get right to it.

425-Square-Foot Magnolia Tiny House on Wheels by Minimaliste This is the 425-square-foot Magnolia Tiny House on Wheels by Minimaliste. It's a 10.5-foot wide and 36.5-foot long park model tiny home that's built to withstand Ontario's brutally cold weather.

Whispering Aspen Tiny House Mountain Getaway This is the Whispering Aspen Tiny House Mountain Getaway in Fairplay, Colorado. It's a Tumbleweed Cypress THOW with a living area, kitchen, bathroom, main floor bedroom, and an upstairs sleeping loft with staircase access. To explore more amazing tiny homes like this, join our Tiny House Newsletter.

34-Foot Classic Airstream Tiny House This is a 34-foot Classic Edition Airstream from 2001 that is now outfitted with solar panels, a "Hobbit" wood burning stove from England, and more. According to the listing, it has been used for the last several years as a tiny cabin on a property in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

What is home? Musings on the tiny life, family, and adventure with Andrew and Gabriella Morrison My guests Andrew and Gabriella Morrison tried the 2200sf American Dream only to realize that they were the happiest and most available to their children when they were living with the least. Aside from being awesome people, Andrew and Gabriella are some of the most faces in the tiny house movement.

Rob Greenfield on the enormous power of small changes Rob Greenfield is on a mission to change the world. In today's episode he shares ways we can all make small changes that actually make a difference.

Man's $15K tiny house has DIY elevator bed & heated ceiling This young man's mortgage-free home includes an interesting self-built version of the rare species known as the heated ceiling. Some are rightfully lamenting what seems to be the increasingly high price tags for tiny houses.

Mass renovation project halves energy use of existing homes What if we declared climate change a crisis and put some serious resources to this type of initiative? We've seen plenty of projects putting solar on affordable or social housing.

560-Square-Foot Long Lake Tiny House in Olympia This is a 560-square-foot tiny home on a foundation in Olympia, Washington that's listed for $325,000. According to the listing, it has about a 1/3 of an acre of land and the home could use some remodeling, updating, and repairs. The best part is that it's right on Long Lake with about 245-feet of access to the lake.

720-Square-Foot Tiny Cottage in Olympia This is a 720-square-foot tiny cottage on a foundation in Olympia, Washington that just got listed for $325,000. According to the listing, it has almost an acre of land and the home needs some remodeling. There is also an additional 2-car-garage structure on the property.

Couple Selling their 28-foot THOW to Travel the World This couple is selling their newly-built 28-foot tiny house on wheels so that they can fund their travels around the world. According to the listing, they just finished building the tiny house a couple of months ago, but it turns out that they are not ready to settle down in it.

5 Tips for First Time RV and Tiny House Owners Who are Planning to Travel to Utah Whether you are traveling by RV or you have a tiny house that you are planning on living in, there are things you should know when traveling from state to state. A tiny house can be more luxurious than an RV, but just as compact in order to be easily transported.

Is this the greenest retrofit ever? These townhouses shown in Passivehouse+ might well be, both efficient and almost carbon free. Making old Victorian houses energy efficient is hard, and is often done with a lot of spray-in plastic foam. Even in my own Edwardian house renovation I used a little foam in tight spaces.

Yellow brightens up this apartment's multifunctional walls Based out of Denmark and Sweden, Lookofsky Architecture seems to have gotten the memo in this eye-popping renovation of a 1920s apartment for a couple in Stockholm, Sweden. The new design optimizes the existing space by adding elements such as a built-in, multifunctional walls for storage and seating.

10-Feet Wide Tiny House with Main Floor Bedroom and Closet This is a 10-feet wide tiny house on wheels out of Mashpee, Massachusetts that's for sale for $72,000, according to the listing. It's a 10-foot by 30-foot unit with approximately 426-square-feet of space to offer inside.

At CES: The GE Kitchen Hub is the stupidest kitchen idea since, well, ever. It is a lousy exhaust fan, the screen will be covered in schmutz, it is dangerous and possibly illegal. This Treehugger has called the kitchen exhaust fan The most screwed up, badly designed, inappropriately used appliance in your home, and that was before I saw the new Kitchen Hub from GE Appliances, just released at CES.

20-Foot Tiny House with Lots of Amenities This is a 20-foot tiny house on wheels with lots of amenities called Tiny Amenities. It's for sale for $38,000 out of Luther, Oklahoma according to the listing. The tiny house was built in 2017 and features approximately 232-square-feet of space inside.

Lightweight Steel-Frame Tiny House This is a lightweight steel-frame tiny house on wheels that's for sale in El Paso, Texas, according to the listing on Tiny Home Builders. It was built in 2018 and offers approximately 277-square-feet of space inside when including the two lofts.

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Woodland Tiny House Nashville Tiny house, Woodland Tiny House Nashville. My husband and I spent the last 8.5 months building it ourselves in our back yard, but the rest was us!

Podcast 166 - Hope In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan are joined by Diane Capaldi to talk about hope, despair, joy, and regret, and they answer the following questions:. Apple Podcasts · Spotify · Google Play · Soundcloud · MP3. Joshua and Ryan's pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses.

Lightly: How to Live a Simple, Serene, and Stress-free Life It's called Lightly: How to Live a Simple, Serene, and Stress-free Life, and will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on February 26. If you ever feel like life is weighing you down-like the stuff in your home, the to-dos in your schedule, the worries in your heart are too much-this book is for you.

Stacked two-story shipping container home has roof terrace This shipping container house stacks two to get more living space. One of the big advantages of using shipping containers for housing is that they are modular, and manufactured in a way that makes them easy to stack up.

I'm positive it'll work As the first week of 2019 is behind I have been thinking about all the coverage, and heat, plastic has been getting in 2018.

400-Square-Foot Park Model Tiny House This is a 400-square-foot park model tiny house on wheels called The Everest by Titan Factory Direct. It's a beautiful and very spacious tiny home with a main floor bedroom, large kitchen, full bathroom, spacious living area, and a porch. The dimensions for the unit are 15-feet wide and 41-feet in length including the outdoor space.

How online shopping is making congestion and pollution worse It might take a few cars off the road, but it is adding a whole lot of trucks. A few years ago, in his book Door to Door, Edward Humes wrote about the wonders of how the stuff we order online moves:. This has caused a huge spike in deliveries in cities that were not designed for this.

See it. Or not? How to make a BILLY bookcase secret door Find a clever, affordable, and easy-to-install secret door in our rental home AND… … make this weird middle room in our home with doors and windows on every wall useful! We already have a living room. Our kitchen has space for our table, and this room is just oddly in the middle of everything.

My Mission to Change a Million Lives Through Uncertainty Training I am going to change a million lives through my uncertainty training, helping people shift how they deal with fear and the chaos of their lives. Every day, we deal with doubts, with feeling overwhelmed, with frustration and anger, with loneliness and disconnection, with stress and anxiety, with discomfort and change.

Beautiful Tiny Cottage Built by Mother / Daughter Duo This is a beautiful tiny cottage built by a mother / daughter duo called the Quintessential Laneway House. It's a laneway house in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada by SmallWorks. The small house features one bedroom, one bathroom, and a large open space for living, cooking, dining, and entertaining.

Vista Boho Escape Tiny House Vacation in Long Beach This is the Vista Boho Escape Tiny House Vacation in Long Beach, California. It's the new Escape Vista Boho design that starts at $39,900 and now you can vacation in it if you want to try it out. I love this design because they somehow squeezed everything you would want into a less-than-22-foot tiny house.

Adaptable, Flatpack Minka Home Can Be Assembled in 3 Days Millennials are not the only people seeking out tiny or smaller homes. Older, especially frailer, or more vulnerable members of society are also feeling the tug of simpler living. Unfortunately, the idyllic tiny house with a ladder and loft tucked away in the woods is not the most beneficial to these people.

8 ways to simplify your life For me, Minimalism isn't about throwing all your stuff away and seeing if you can manage on what you've got left. That sounds like torture rather than the key to a balanced and happy life! Instead, my interpretation of Minimalism goes beyond just material possessions and can easily be applied to other areas of your life.

The Found Change Challenge Total For 2018 Was… My 12 year old son and I do this with all the proceeds going to him. $10.56 in change. Not a stellar year but a little more in the savings account for his 2020 Europe trip. Reply. $11.35 in total this year. 58 of those were dimes. I found other coins not included in that total.

My Word for 2019 It's been a few years since I've chosen a word for the year and I've missed this little ritual and the guidance it can bring. Slowly, the word that has come to mind for me in the first few days of 2019 is cherish. This is a positive, warm and gentle word and has connotations of wellbeing.

Oscar Wilde Tiny House in Downtown Leadville This is the Oscar Wilde Tiny House in Downtown Leadville, Colorado. It's a tiny house vacation you can book that can sleep up to five people. This tiny house has a full bathroom, kitchen, living area, and two sleeping lofts. To explore more amazing tiny homes like this, join our Tiny House Newsletter.

Tidying up with Marie Kondo We don't have Netflix at home, but I had the chance recently to take a sneaky peak at Marie Kondo's new show, Tidying up with Marie Kondo. Have you seen it? The family whose story I watched were overwhelmed with stuff in their modest home.

Tiny House Village in the Highest City in the USA This is a tiny house village in the highest city in the USA, Leadville, Colorado, which is just two hours away from Denver. This tiny house vacation spot is brought to you by the same folks over at Tiny House Siesta in Florida. You can pick from up to five tiny homes that are currently available.

Modern Tiny House by Red Crown Tiny Homes This is a 296-square-foot modern tiny house by Red Crown Tiny Homes out of Asheville, North Carolina. To explore more tiny houses like this one, join our Tiny House Newsletter. It's free and you'll be glad you did! We even give you free downloadable tiny house plans just for joining!

The Year of Big Change We've been keeping some pretty exciting news from you, which we can finally share! And no we're not having a baby. Read our thoughts on that in this post. With the focus that we put on choosing our own path in life and following what feels right, we've made a big decision.

Cottage-Inspired Tiny House by Red Crown Tiny Home Company This is a cottage-inspired tiny house on wheels by Red Crown Tiny Home Company out of Asheville, North Carolina. To explore more amazing tiny homes like this, join our Tiny House Newsletter. It's free and you'll be glad you did! We even give you free downloadable tiny house plans just for joining!

The Drop Deeper into Mindfulness Challenge As we start to form new habits for a new year, one of the primary questions to ask ourselves is: what habit should I start with? What habit will help set me up for success for all other habits?

Couple Traveling in School Bus Conversion Tiny House This is the VicariBUS skoolie. Meet Heather and Nick and their awesome doggie named Miles. They're a couple with a dog who are traveling in their custom-built skoolie! Have you ever wanted to travel cross country in your own school bus conversion? That's what they're doing.

Contemporary Tiny House with Queen Murphy Bed This is a contemporary tiny house on wheels for sale for $69,900. It's built on an 8'x24′ Trailermade Trailer. The house offers 192-square-feet on the main level plus 40-square-feet in the loft. Outside you have a 7'x10′ fold-down deck to enjoy the outdoors from your sliding glass doors.

Huge 64-Foot Double-Wide Home with 3 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms This is a huge 64-foot double-wide home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. I know, I know. This is a blog about tiny houses, so why am I showing you a 64-foot by 32-foot home with approximately 1,917-square-feet of space? Honestly, just because I want to open up a discussion about it with you.

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Why efforts to make buildings greener fail The Economist looks at the problem and says that "zero energy" buildings do not go far enough. We might never know who wrote the article in the Economist, Efforts to make buildings greener are not working because they do not name their writers. It's a shame, because it is remarkably sensible and reasonable.

Simple Steps to Simplify Your Life If you've ever run a marathon you know that you don't run the race thinking of all the miles ahead of you. You focus on the mile you're in right then. Thinking too far ahead can lead to negative thoughts and defeat. Often those miles in the middle are so challenging it can be difficult to think about the ten or more miles you have left.

You can't separate health and wellness from climate change But it is apparent that people seem to be less concerned about climate change, carbon emissions and resilience than they are about health and wellness, as evidenced by the booming of the Well Standard and the KB Home pivot to wellness.

720-Square-Foot Cedar Cabin in Hoodsport This is a 720-square-foot cedar cabin in Hoodsport, Washington that's currently listed for $179,000 according to the listing on Zillow. It's a two bedroom cabin with cedar siding, a covered front porch, and a fenced-in lot.

IKEA PAX hack: Hands down the most stunning walk-in closet After getting stuck on an image of a blue, custom walk-in closet on Jenny's Wolf's site, I decided I was going to figure out a way to get a similar look in my own house with a non-custom budget. In my search, the IKEA PAX kept coming up as the most common, highest-rated, and budget-friendly closet system.

25k Chic And Affordable Tiny House This is a chic but affordable tiny house that's for sale for $25,000 out of Auburn, Alabama, according to the listing. It's a 260-square-foot tiny house on wheels that was built in 2017. That square footage includes the two lofts. It's an 8-foot wide, 18-foot long, and 13.5-feet tall THOW with a bedroom, closet, bathroom, and two lofts.

Just Park It: Tiny House Village in the Land of Enchantment Looking for tiny home parking? Full-time spots are now available at Animas Valley Village! What really liked about the village is how it offers a peaceful, country living within close proximity to two great towns, Durango, CO and Aztec, NM. For about tiny house communities in Durango, see the last Just Park It post.

26k Tiny House Built on 22-Foot Big Tex Trailer This is a $26k tiny house built on a 22-foot Big Tex Trailer. According to the listing, it was built in 2016, offers 300-square-feet of space, and is almost complete but left partially unfinished so the buyer could add their own finishing touches.

New year, New You, New hope A Happy New Year to you - what are we looking forward to in 2019 then? Oh. Not so much, really. Did you know there were four versions of this picture? I didn't until now, so I have learned something new today before 10am. Can't be all bad. There are great parallels between now and the beginning of the global financial crisis.

Get Uncluttered in 2019 Uncluttered is a 12-week online course designed intentionally to help you own less, live more, and discover the life you've always wanted. We offer the course only three times each year. We are launching the New Year's Edition today. But registration ends on Sunday, January 13 at 11:59pm.

Where Tomorrow Lives: Another look at health and wellness in building KB Homes with Builder Magazine call this a big business opportunity, and it is one that the green building industry ignores at their peril. In a recent post I looked at the success of the Well Building Standard, pointing out that it is really hard to sell people on low carbon living, which is "psychologically distant".

Modern cabin hand-built among the redwoods by a group of friends A couple and their friends constructed this cabin out in the woods to spend more time in nature together. Building a cabin out in nature in order to spend more time in the great outdoors is a dream for many people. But what is a dream realized if one cannot share the joy with friends?

27-Foot Modern Tiny House with Dual Lofts for $22k This is a 27-foot tiny house with dual lofts for $22,000 out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to the listing, it was built in 2018 and offers 270-square-feet of space but due to a cross-country move, the tiny house is actually not completely finished yet.

This clever white TV stand hides a heap. So practical! I decided to update my TV stand, I asked myself:. … shall we buy a ready and durable combination or. … shall we try a cheap but functional DIY version? I know our taste and needs can change, so I choose IKEA because it's easy to customize, cheap and I know I can change it whenever I want!

The Simple Guide to Creating Habits for a Great Year The best way to do that is not by making resolutions, but by creating habits that will stick for the long term. If you want to run a marathon, form the habit of running. If you want to write a novel, form the writing habit. If you want to be more mindful, form the habit of meditation.

Zen Desert Cabin with Trails to Joshua Tree National Park This is a zen desert cabin with trails that take you into Joshua Tree National Park. It's called the Romantic Desert Cabin on Glamping Hub. To explore more amazing tiny homes like this, join our Tiny House Newsletter. It's free and you'll be glad you did!

Retro Trailer Cabin with Trampoline Awning This is the retro trailer cabin with trampoline awnings fixed onto the roof of the trailer to give you shade on your private patio. This tiny house is located in Joshua Tree, California. To explore more amazing tiny homes like this, join our Tiny House Newsletter.

Why would anyone print out an entire website? That's what Kris de Decker did with Low-Tech magazine and it makes a lot of sense. Prior to TreeHugger becoming part of MNN in 2012, many of us also wrote for another website, Planet Green. I must have written a thousand posts about frugal green living, all of which were lost when they simply pulled the plug - five years of my work just gone.

The Tiny House Kit You Can Build: Inside the Jamaica Cottage Shop with Domenic Mangano It didn't happen overnight, but now JCS is able to offer the Pre-Cut Kit, which is a color-coded, part numbered kit that allows you to build your own structure without having to know how to build or own any heavy tools.

How to Start a Successful Blog in 2019 If you prefer to watch our process for setting up a blog, we've created a step-by-step instructional video, How to Start a Successful Blog Today, which shows the entire starting-a-blog undertaking. Otherwise, read on. Want to create something meaningful?

Join Dee for a Tiny House Design / Build Workshop in New Zealand! It's a place I've always wanted to go, and lately I've been asking myself why. Is it the adventure of teaching folks how to build a structure; how to swing a hammer and design something that is functional and kind? I've heard stories about New Zealand: beautiful mountains, beaches, forests and people, but maybe those are just a myth.

How do we get people to care about climate and energy? We have to paint a bigger picture. And we can learn from what the Well people are doing. The Passivhaus Institut promotes "a building standard that is truly energy efficient, comfortable and affordable at the same time." It has been around since 1996.

How to Become a Minimalist Writing this article, How to Become a Minimalist, has been a fun reminder of the different stages of minimalism I've navigated over the last ten years. In the beginning, the word minimalism wasn't even in my vocabulary. Neither was the word simplicity.

Florence Williams on the importance of getting our nature fix Florence Williams is the author of The Nature Fix and in this episode chats with Brooke about the importance and benefits of time spent outside.

Vintage Trailer Cabin with Western Flair This is a vintage trailer cabin with a western flair in Joshua Tree, California. It's on the same property as the elevated trailer cabin I showed you here. Well, this one is pretty cool too! As you can see, it's been converted into a permanent setup which is why I like to call it a trailer cabin.

Elevated Trailer Cabin in Joshua Tree This is an elevated trailer cabin in Joshua Tree. They took an old travel trailer and made it more permanent by building an awesome covered deck and elevating it. And now it's a vacation rental on Glamping Hub. To explore more amazing tiny homes like this, join our Tiny House Newsletter.

20-Foot Farmhouse-Style Tiny House This is a 20-foot farmhouse-style tiny house on wheels. According to the listing, it's for sale out of Eastford, Connecticut for $59,000. This THOW was built in 2017 and offers approximately 224-square-feet inside. To explore more amazing tiny homes like this, join our Tiny House Newsletter.

5-Ingredient Golden Milk Snack Bites These 5-ingredient balls are packed with warming, anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric and ginger, naturally sweetened with maple syrup, grain - and gluten-free, and come together in about 20 minutes. Oh, and don't forget the optional coconut butter swirl and "frosting." Swoon!

Utah Homebuilder Introduces Luxury Tiny Cabins as Recreational Housing Option Spanish Fork, Utah - Utah-Based Modular Home Builder Irontown Homes is now building luxury tiny cabins designed for outdoor recreational living. The tiny cabins called the SLEDhaus will be built with upgraded features throughout the 572 sq. ft. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom home, with an available expansion option.

Hello and Happy New Year from Alex Hello and Happy New Year dear Simple Year readers! I'm Alex from Bristol, UK, and it's my great honour to take over here for Year Seven and document my own Simple Year journey. Today I'll keep it short, with a little about me, and about why and how I will achieve my goal.

Tiny House with a Huge Couch This is a park model tiny house with a huge couch! Park models are built on larger trailers so you get more space to work with but they're not designed to be moved around frequently because of their size and weight. Because of that, you need a special permit to tow it and normally you would hire a professional to do it for you.

New Year: The Beautiful Minimalism of a Blank Slate We have a new year upon us, and while "January 1" is just an arbitrary date, for most of us, it feels like a new beginning. And there's something beautifully minimalist about this new beginning - it's a blank slate, where we can do anything, imagine possibilities, become a new person.

11k Gypsy Moon Caravan This is the Gypsy Moon Caravan. It's actually listed for sale for $10,500 out of Twain, California, according to the listing on Tiny Home Builders. It was built in 2018 and offers approximately 70-square-feet of space inside. It's small enough so that it's easy to tow and you wouldn't need a big truck to tow it either.

333-Square-Foot Tiny House This is a 333-square-foot tiny house on wheels built by Tiny Mountain Houses. This unit is for sale right now for $89,000 out of Roseville, California, which is just outside of Sacramento, according to the listing. It's a 28-foot long tiny house. It's 8.5-feet wide and 13.5-feet high.

Breathe Easy in a Tiny House Tiny houses are all the rage these days for many reasons. For those who want to minimize their lives and value an off-the-grid existence, tiny houses are a perfect solution. Tiny houses are quite popular with younger generations due to the low cost, the freedom that mobility offers, and green aspects.

Podcast 165 - Habits In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan are joined by James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, to talk about creating new, empowering habits, and they answer the following questions:. Apple Podcasts · Spotify · Google Play · Soundcloud · MP3.

Love the Home You Live In By doing a minimalist makeover of your home, you can set out on a new course toward better fulfilling your purpose and potential in life. This article is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of my new book, The Minimalist Home. Read more here. Get The Minimalist Home by January 1 to receive a goldmine of helpful resources on your minimalist journey.

The Economics of Divorce Even in the most carefully run and financially independent of lives, there will be some wrenching twists and turns. Friendships and businesses will fail. You or your loved ones will get sick and some of them will die. Kids will have plenty of trouble on their long road to adulthood - if they even make it.

Happy New Year & A New Blogger in 2019 Hi there Simple Year readers. It's been a long time since I've been active around the blog, so I thought I'd stop by and wish you all a Happy New Year from the Last Frontier! I feel a little guilty that I've been so absent from the blog lately, so I offer my sincerest apologies.

Top 10 tiny houses of 2018: less is indeed more From hand-built homes to prefabs and vans, the best tiny homes of the year are inspiring, delightful and surprising.

Christmas in Photos Homegrown purple sprouts and a Christmas hotchpotch of photos, I know, but I missed posting any photos of last year's festivities and I'm determined to share some glimpses of Christmas 2018 even if it's almost 2019! I do hope you've had a restful time, with good food and precious time with family and friends.

Life lessons from 2018 and a brief glimpse forward 2018 was a quite a mixed year for our little family. Like us, I expect you'll have experienced the ups and downs of everyday life during the last 12 months. Taking a look back at the year as a whole, I realise that a bit of perspective on what we experience makes all the difference in the world.

Rainforest Tiny House Vacation in Volcano, Hawaii This is the Hale Iki rainforest tiny house vacation in Volcano, Hawaii. This tiny house is built on a foundation with a wonderful add-on deck with an outdoor kitchen. One of the best parts about it is that you have a traditional bedroom with plenty of space to walk around your bed and beautiful views of the rainforest from your windows.

Double Loft THOW with Bump-out over the Hitch This is the Cyjé Tiny House by Ty Rodou, a French tiny home builder. The exterior features a side entry, a rectangular window, a barn-style curved roof, and you might immediately notice the bump-out in one of the lofts. That's a great idea to give yourself a little extra space on a tiny house build, isn't it?

Off-Grid Lil Blue Tiny House in Hawaii This is the Lil Blue Tiny House in Volcano, Hawaii. According to the listing, it's a 300-square-feet tiny house on wheels that was built in 2017. In this design, the living area converts into your bedroom so you can sleep on the main floor if you want to.

The Essential Zen Habits of 2018 As 2018 comes to a close, I have to say… it's been a year of depth but also chaos and blessings for me and Zen Habits. I'm grateful for the wonderful readers I have had for more than a decade now, and for the journey I've been on and will continue in the coming year.

10 best of the best IKEA hacks of 2018 It's the last day of the year and it's time to wrap it up with the most important post of all… the most awesome, best IKEA hacks of 2018 on IKEAhackers. Well, this year has been an interesting one. One that includes IKEA hacking itself. Though, not for the first time.

Truck Camper Tiny House for $10k: The Happy Camper/Tiny House This is the Happy Camper/Tiny House. It's a truck camper tiny house that's for sale out of Woodland Park, Colorado for $9,995, according to the listing.

Montainer Shipping Container Houses are Turnkey Tiny Homes Building with shipping containers is akin to the largest building block set in the world. Not only can you build what size and shape house you want, but the initial structures are ready to be used in a variety of configurations.

What's It Going To Take To Tow Your Tiny House? What's it going to take to tow your tiny house? What size truck should you get? Should you hire it out or do it yourself? In this 5 minute episode of our Digital Tiny House Workshop we cover the towing capacity for the three most common truck sizes as well as pros and cons of buying a truck or hiring a company to do it for you.

Affordable $8.5k Aero Tiny Cabin on Wheels This is an affordable $8.5k aero tiny cabin on wheels. It's for sale for $8,500 out of Junction, Texas, according to the listing on Tiny Home Builders. It was built in 2018 and offers approximately 56-square-feet of space inside.

High-Tech and Off-Grid 16-Foot Tiny House This is a 16-foot high-tech and off-grid-ready 16-foot tiny house for sale out of Milpitas, California for $39,900. It was built in 2016 and offers approximately 160-square-feet of space for you inside.

Ella and Doug's Catskill Bungalow and Dome This is Ella and Doug's Catskill Bungalow and their Dome in Hensonville, New York. They've owned their tiny house, which they've named the Catskill Bungalow, since 2005. So later they built a geodesic dome as an additional structure on the property. Now they're able to earn income by renting them out as vacation rentals.

Lemon Ginger Turmeric Wellness Shots 5-ingredient wellness shots with anti-inflammatory benefits, vitamin C, and a delicate balance of flavors to create the ultimate immunity-boosting juice!

Play the 30-Day Minimalism Game Find a friend, family member, or coworker who's willing to minimize their excess stuff with you next month. Each person will get rid of one thing on the first day of the month. Two things on the second. Three things on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything goes!

Affordable $22k Gooseneck Tiny House This is an affordable $22k gooseneck tiny house listed for sale out of Phoenix, Arizona. It was built in 2018 on a 27-foot trailer. What do you think? According to the listing, there's approximately 130-square-feet is on the main level plus a 64-square-feet sleeping loft and an 18-square-foot storage loft.

Affordable $28k Tiny House: The Firefly by Core Housing Solutions This is the Firefly Tiny House on Wheels. It's built by Core Housing Solutions as a "truly affordable tiny house" and is listed for $28,000 out of Leesburg, Florida. What do you think? It was built in 2018 and features 200-square-feet of space with a bedroom on the main level along with a kitchenette and bath.

Barn Shed Converted to $15k Tiny Cabin This is a 12ft by 32ft barn shed converted into a $15k tiny cabin that's for sale out of Weston, West Virginia. It has a built-in porch, hardwood floors, ceramic tiled bathroom floors, full kitchen, two storage lofts, a ceiling fan, and approximately 384-square-feet of space inside.

Off-Grid Tiny House with Dutch Doors for $25k This is a 96-square-foot off-grid tiny house on wheels for sale out of Durango, Colorado for $24,999. It was built in 2015, weighs approximately 6,000lbs, has dutch doors, and is ready to go off-grid. The tiny house features a composting toilet, propane stove, wood burning stove, and well-insulated floors, ceilings, and walls.

282-Square-Foot Tiny House with a Main-Floor Bedroom and a Slide-Out - Dania Beach, FL - $40k This is a 282-square-foot tiny house on a trailer with a main-floor bedroom and a slide-out to give you more space when you're parked. According to the listing, it was built in 2018, is located in Dania Beach, Florida, and is available for $39,999.

This algae-powered exterior cladding turns polluted air into fresh oxygen The group sees the curtain as one way to potentially decarbonize cities and bring photosynthesis to our built environment, as well one method of turning pollution into raw material, and an opportunity to "retrofit buildings into bio-power stations." The team is currently working to find a way to produce the curtains on a larger scale.

108-Square-Foot Off-Grid Tiny House - Newport, Oregon - $25k This is a 108-square-foot off-grid tiny home on wheels for sale out of Newport, Oregon for $25,000. According to the listing, it was built in 2018 and features a kitchenette, bathroom, outdoor shower, queen bed, a twin bed, and a covered porch. To explore more amazing tiny homes like this, join our Tiny House Newsletter.

This small apartment building in Seattle could be a model for solving our housing and energy crises Passive House multifamily buildings use almost no energy and don't cost much more than conventional buildings. They should be everywhere. The standard excuse for not building to Passive House standards of energy efficiency has been that it costs a lot more than conventional building.

Custom Off-Grid Tiny House on 20 Acres - Ash Fork, Arizona - $55k This is a custom off-grid tiny house with 20 acres of off-grid land in Ash Fork, Arizona. According to the listing, it's available for $55,000 USD and is located one hour and fifteen minutes away from Flagstaff and one hour and a half away from Prescott.

Tiny Rock Cabin on 5 Acres - Lexington, GA - $75k This is a tiny rock cabin on 5 acres that's for sale in Lexington, Georgia for $75,000 according to the listing on Tiny Home Builders. It was built in 1998 and offers 340-square-feet of space. Unfortunately, the cabin does need approximately $20,000 worth of repairs.

The Reality of #VanLife - YouTube Documentary This is The Reality of #VanLife - Full Documentary Movie - 2018. This is what they don't tell you about van life on Instagram! To explore more stories like this, join our Tiny House Newsletter. Images Forrest Stevens via YouTube. Images Forrest Stevens via YouTube.

He Turned Their Van into an Amazing Stealthy Tiny Home in only 36 Days This is the story of Madison and Raynor, a young couple who bought a Sprinter van and converted it into an amazing off-grid tiny home in only 36 days. The van has a 960-watt solar system and off-terrain tires. To explore more amazing tiny homes like this van, join our Tiny House Newsletter.

2018 The year wood construction took some steps forward, steps back Some dramatic changes this year will have a big impact on the future of wood construction. Last year at this time, I called 2017: The year wood construction grew like a weed. This year, I am a bit more circumspect; there were lots of steps forward, with really interesting new wood projects built, but there were also a few significant steps back.

Airy attic apartment features secret door to walk-in bathtub This delightful apartment renovation in Spain hides a huge bathtub and other mysteries.

How to Make Big Change Small If you want to make space for a brilliant new year, or new season in your life, intentionally close the one you are leaving behind. Below are eight simple ways to make the transition you may be considering. Please note the tiny steps within each recommendation.

The Cruising Caravan Tiny House is For Sale - St Petersburg, Florida - $25k You may remember the Cruising Caravan Tiny House on Wheels that I showed you a while back. Well, if you liked it, it's now on the market for $25,000 out of Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Tiny House Built for a Coworking Space in France This is Le Quai Des Possibles Tiny House by Ty Rodou, a famous French tiny home builder. Interestingly enough, this tiny house is used as a space for meetings. It was a built for a coworking space in France called Le Quai Des Possibles. The tiny home on wheels is used for meetings and can accommodate up to 15 people.

Ty Dom Tiny House by Ty Rodou This is the Ty Dom Tiny House by Ty Rodou, a famous tiny house builder in France. This one reminds me of their London tiny house which is pretty similar. It has rounded edges on the roof and an outdoor deck added on to give you a covered outdoor space.

Throw Back Thursday: Trisha's zero waste day in pictures Oh, how I remember this particular post - we were having such a terrible winter that year and I had to work from home a few times because I couldn't make it into town. The day to day of a Simple Year project can be pretty dull sometimes, and my zero waste project was no exception.

The End? Or a Hiatus? Tiny House Podcast Season Finale Another Tiny House Builder? With Jason Johbeck. At Home On The Farm, The Winery And The Brewery With Joel Holland. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

Skillet Sweet Potato Hash Browns - Minimalist Baker Recipes One such experiment led me to discover that frying them in a skillet makes the perfect hash brown-style sweet potatoes, while steaming yields the best pasta "noodle" texture. The rest is history. Let me show you this quick and easy method for making perfect sweet potato hash browns every time!

Downshifting It's my last regular post at Hip Diggs. That might take some of you by surprise. But if you've been paying attention, you probably knew it was coming. I'm downshifting. Over the past year, I've been recreating my original blog, danerickson.net. Long before Hip Diggs, I blogged as Dan Erickson.

Five Frugal Things 1) A few years ago my adult children decided that the traditional Christmas celebration was no longer working for our family. Rather than exchanging mountain of gifts like we used to, our family of five takes a trip together. We all contribute what we can afford and plan a trip.

Elevator bed & folding porch grace this tiny house builder's home This tiny house builder and architect just built himself and his wife a bigger home, equipped with a space-saving elevator bed.

Boomer alert: how cities must adapt to an aging population, and vice versa A review of posts about aging baby boomers on the Mother Nature Network. That's mostly a pretty healthy and fit group, that many make the mistake of conflating with seniors, often the boomers' parents, who are in the seniors' homes these days.

Ego Dropping: The Magic of Breaking Free from Self-Concern The practice is dropping the ego - dropping my self-concern, my sense of being separate from everything else, and returning to wholeness with everything. While that can sound a bit new age-y, what I've learned is that almost all of our problems are caused by our self-concern.

Ty Rodou Tiny House: L'extension Au Fond Du Jardin This is the L'extension Au Fond Du Jardin Tiny House. It's a Ty Rodou tiny home featuring a curved roof design with a dormer loft area. The inside features a kitchenette, bathroom, living area, and upstairs sleeping loft accessible by a storage staircase.

Rooftop Deck Tiny House by Ty Rodou This is a rooftop deck tiny house called the Panoramic. It's built by a French tiny house builder, Ty Rodou. If you ever wanted to tow the house, you just have to remove the railing. What do you think, would you consider adding a rooftop deck like this for your tiny house on wheels?

Ty N'Ka Tiny House by Ty Rodou This is the Ty N'Ka tiny house by Ty Rodou, a French tiny house builder. The exterior features a blue trim, custom windows, and a french door entry. The interior features a living area, kitchen, bathroom, and an upstairs sleeping loft accessible via a custom-built storage staircase.

Becoming Minimalist's Top Posts of 2018 This website continues to reach people beyond my wildest dreams as we grow every year in new and unbelievable ways. As before, this growth has occurred because of the support from readers like you-thank you for helping to spread the inspiration. Thank you for sharing this website.

The Horizon 'Merry Christmas' Tiny House by Ty Rodou This is the Horizon Tiny House on Wheels by French tiny home builder, Ty Rodou. It's shaped in a way that it would be aerodynamic during transport. This tiny house features a set of Christmas lights on the outdoor deck which is perfect since today is Christmas!

Marchagane Tiny House by Ty Rodou with an Outdoor Kitchen This is the Marchagane Tiny House on Wheels by Ty Rodou, a French tiny home builder. This unit has a vardo-style with it's low-profile, design, and trailer that it's built on. There's an outdoor kitchenette in the covered porch just over the hitch of the trailer.

Merry Christmas, Simple Year friends! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas today - may it be joyful!

Ty Kobar Tiny House by Ty Rodou This is the Ty Kobar Tiny House on Wheels by French tiny home builder, Ty Rodou. It's a tiny house shell that was built ready to finish as you please. The outside features a french door entry and a combination of circular and rectangular shaped windows.

Podcast 164 - 2018 In this special year-end episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan reminisce about their favorite memories of 2018, and they answer the following questions:. Apple Podcasts · Spotify · Google Play · Soundcloud · MP3. Joshua and Ryan's pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses.

A Season for Living Fully - Stuff or No Stuff What are you focusing on this year during the upcoming holiday blitz? In the past I've paid a lot of attention to stuff-minimization, but this year, I'm focusing on just trying to be present with the grace that rests inside the holiday craziness.

2018: The year in healthy homes Or why you shouldn't barbecue indoors. I just love that image, people smoking and drinking, the men all wearing ties, and barbecuing indoors. How things have changed, as we learn how dangerous particulate pollution really is, worse than all those other pollutants we have been talking about for years, from VOCs to formaldehyde to radon.

Another reason not to use drywall: It comes pre-loaded with fungus I always thought that the mold drifted in the air and grew on damp surfaces, but according to Rob Dunn in his wonderful book Never Home Alone, it might well be actually baked into the drywall when it is manufactured.

5 most popular IKEA hacks of 2018 and Merry Christmas These are the most social-ed posts - most pins, most comments, most shared. Hope you like these fan favorites. This kids art display box allows Merav to save her kids' paintings, show them, easily change the piece on display and, in general, give them the right attention.

Ty Bombadil Tiny House by Ty Rodou This is the Ty Bombadil Tiny House on Wheels by French tiny home builder, Ty Rodou. As you can see below, it's outfitted with an additional deck to give you a private outdoor space. The outside of the house is also shaped in a way that it would be aerodynamic during transport.

Secluded ESCAPE Tiny House Getaway with Water Views in New York This is a secluded ESCAPE Tiny House Getaway with water views in South Cairo, New York which is near Catskill. The house is right on a creek and can accommodate up to five people. It even has it's own closed-off main floor bedroom with a queen-size bed.

The Drake Tiny House by Land Ark RV This is The Drake Tiny House by Land Ark RV out of Buena Vista, Colorado. The tiny house sleeps up to 7 people and offers approximately 357-square-feet of space if you include the lots. It's built on a 30-foot tri-axle trailer.

The Draper Tiny House by Land Ark RV This is The Draper Tiny House by Land Ark RV out of Buena Vista, Colorado. The tiny house is very beautiful and stylish. It even comes with a mud room entryway which houses a 7-foot wide wardrobe.

Preparing for the New Year: Become the Ant As a child my tiny house tendencies shined at an early age. The story of the ant and the grasshopper begins during the summer when the weather is glorious and warm. The laid back grasshopper decides to spend his time relaxing, playing instruments and observing his neighbor, the diligent ant.

1-Pot Butternut Squash Quinoa Chili Incredibly delicious, 1-pot chili with butternut squash, fire-roasted tomatoes, quinoa, and two kinds of beans! Hearty, flavorful, and so easy to make!

La Toute Premiere Tiny House by Ty Rodou This is La Toute Premiere Tiny House by Ty Rodou, which translates to 'The Very First' from French to English. The exterior features a curved roof, loft area with dormers, lots of windows, and a side-entry with a separate deck added on.

Tiny Modern Cabin Getaway in Slovenia This is a tiny modern cabin getaway among the rolling hills of Slovenska Bistrica, in Slovenia. The unit accommodates two guests with a queen bed, table, chest of drawers, and shelves. Access to a bathroom is just a few steps away from the cabin where you have panoramic views of the mountains, valleys, and hills.

Cheers For A Wonderful Christmas And New Year As I wrap things up at Hip Diggs, I'd like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year. May you always find peace and blessings, today, tomorrow, and forever. Remember, make this holiday less about stuff and more about people. We only get one life.

365-Square-Foot Beachfront Tiny House on Wheels in Greece This is an amazing 365-square-foot beachfront tiny house on wheels in Greece. It is one of two identical rentals that at this location in Kassandra, Chalkidiki, Greece available to book through Glamping Hub. I was immediately impressed with the tiny home and even more impressed with the location!

The Nora Tiny House by Go Tiny: 240-Square-Foot THOW with a Main Floor Bedroom This is the Nora Tiny House by Go Tiny. It's a tiny home built onto a 28-foot drop axle trailer with approximately 240-square-feet of space inside. It features large windows and is inspired by modern architecture. The design includes a kitchen, living area, dining/desk space, main floor bedroom, and a full bathroom.

A-frame Pod Micro Cabins in Slovenia This is an A-frame pod vacation rental outside of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It's designed to be a luxury camping experience, or what they've been calling glamping these days.

Tiny House Family's Christmas Tree Solution Ever wonder what to do about a Christmas tree when you're living in a tiny house? There's definitely more than one solution to this problem, but here's what one tiny house family decided to do about it… What do you think of their tiny house Christmas tree solution?

40-Foot Tiny House in Salem, Oregon - $65k This is a 40-foot tiny house in Salem, Oregon listed over at Tiny Home Builders for $65,000. It's a park model tiny home built in 2018 with 399-square-feet of space inside.

SPACE X 290-Square-Foot Tiny House in San Diego, California - $29k This is the SPACE X 290-Square-Foot Tiny House on Wheels. According to the listing on Tiny Home Builders, it's for sale out of San Diego, California for $29,000 and was built in 2018. The house features bamboo hardwood floors, nine total windows, a sliding glass door, and lots of storage throughout.

Gift a Smile Merry Christmas from The Minimalists…

Rethinking Everything: 6 Problems With Minimalism I'm rethinking everything about my place on the Internet. I've been writing about simplicity and minimalism for the last several years. But I'm beginning to question whether I'm actually doing any good. I love writing. I love the ideas behind minimalism.

Hi there! It's been ages, I know, but I just couldn't resist the urge to revisit this space and wish you all a wonderful Christmas. So, how are you? Still reading blogs, still striving to lead a simpler, more balanced and minimalist life? Me too, although it's been challenging this year.

Thatched Roof A-Frame Tiny Cabin Resort Island of La Digue This is a thatched roof A-frame tiny cabin resort on the Island of La Digue, which is the third largest island of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Depending on the cottage, you are either just a few steps from the sandy beaches with incredible views of the ocean or you're tucked in a tropical garden with an upper mezzanine.

A Simple Practice for Stressful Holidays The holidays are some of the busiest and most stressful times of the year for many people. In this chaotic time of travel, family gatherings, holiday parties, gift shopping and wrapping, and more… I'd like to offer a simple practice.

Modern Tiny House with Breathtaking Desert Views This is a modern tiny house vacation with breathtaking views in Escalante, Utah. The home can accommodate up to six people. There are two bedrooms and one bathroom. The first bedroom is on the main floor with a queen-size bed, the second bedroom is up in the loft with two twin-size beds, and there's a queen-size sleeper sofa in the living area.

Excellent Financial Habits to Minimize Your Debt I'm a 20-something year old who got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 a year, using my handy budgeting tool. This is more of a lifestyle blog with hint of money management talk and how it applies to our lives, like a moneythropologist.

Lakeside Tiny House Vacation Rental in Orlando Tiny House Community This is a lakeside tiny house vacation rental in Orlando, Florida. It's a stylish tiny house on wheels built on a tri-axle trailer with a wonderful lake view. The home features a side entry with double french doors and a staircase entryway with rails.

Transparent Tiny House with Glass Walls, Ceiling, and Floors in New Zealand This is a transparent tiny house in Waipara, South Island, New Zealand. It's a vacation tiny home nestled over Waipara Valley. The most amazing part? The tiny house has transparent glass ceilings, walls, and floors so you can take in the incredible views at any moment of the day.

852-Square-Foot Waterfront Cabin in Olympia, Washington This is an 852-square-foot waterfront cabin in Olympia, Washington that's listed on Zillow for $450,000. According to the listing, it was built in 1974 and sits on a.54 acre plot of land. I like the unique shape of the cabin along with the beautiful waterfront views.

Pioneer-Style Tiny Cabin Vacation in Waco, Texas This is a pioneer-style tiny cabin vacation in Waco, Texas. It's located in a peaceful and rural setting with a total of six units on the property. Outside, your cabin has a covered porch with a pair of chairs so you can enjoy the outdoors in comfort and tranquility.

Always Changing Is Better Than Being Stuck In Place And I'm always changing my exercise routines. Is there something wrong with me? I've always been a bit of a dreamer. My imagination can run away from me. I'll get one idea only to get another more powerful idea a few weeks later. I've moved about 30 times in my life.

Just Park It: Tiny House Communities in Durango, CO During our visit to Durango, we connected with a few local tiny house dwellers, enjoyed the bike trails and explored the stunning landscape. One of the benefits of our tiny house travels is the ability to scout places to call home for an extended period in the future.

Probably the most beautiful IKEA farmhouse kitchen I did not find my dream kitchen so I need to DIY it. The result is a modern farmhouse kitchen that does not look like a regular IKEA kitchen with many features being installed. The building process was very time-consuming and installing all of the items have taken some weeks.

Group of Three Tiny Cabins in the Mojave Desert This group of tiny cabins is located in the Mojave Desert near Ridgecrest, California. There are a total of three cabins, which they call Eco-Pods. Two of them are bedrooms and the other one is a bathroom unit with a shower, vanity, and toilet with mosaic artwork inside.

Woodsy, Lakefront Tiny Cabin Getaway in Charlotte This is a woodsy, lakefront tiny cabin getaway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The home can accommodate up to six guests. There are two bedrooms, one bathroom, and there's also a sleeping loft with two single air mattresses. The living room features a comfortable sofa and a wall-mounted flat screen television.

Tiny Zen Cabin on Stilts in Sweden This is a tiny zen cabin on stilts in Vallsta, Gävleborg, Sweden. It's an elevated cabin vacation with incredible views. It seems like the perfect spot for anyone who likes to meditate. The main level of the cabin is where you have your living area, kitchenette, table, and a sleeping area.

Incredible Tiny House with Amazing Views in Akaroa, South Island, New Zealand This is one very incredible tiny house with even more amazing views in Akara, South Island, New Zealand. It's a studio-style tiny home with a double-size bed, kitchenette, bathroom, and outdoor area. The double-size bed converts into your couch during the day.

186 Easy Vegan Christmas Recipes And we're back at it again with our round-up of easy vegan recipe ideas, including everything from breakfast to dessert, to help keep the holidays jolly. Whatever holidays you and your loved ones may celebrate, we hope you'll find the recipe inspiration you need to create a delicious holiday spread.

Modern Tiny House Vacation Rental in Jackson Hole, Wyoming This is a modern tiny house vacation rental in Jackson Hole, Wyoming available to book over at Glamping Hub. According to the listing, it's great for couples. There's a cozy living area with a sofa, flat-screen television, and a fireplace. You also get a nicely stocked kitchenette, full bathroom, and a bedroom on the main floor.

Igloo-Style Tiny House Getaway near Riga, Latvia This is an igloo-style tiny house getaway near Riga, Latvia that's listed over at Glamping Hub. There's a deck with a small patio set so you can enjoy the outdoors. Inside you'll find a kitchen, living area, bathroom, and bedroom. There's even an outdoor hot tub to relax in.

On the 1st day of safety myths, my DOT gave to me…. We have discussed this a lot on TreeHugger, and I always get yelled at in comments. "We seem to have a culture - expounded by Treehugger, - that no matter what happens to you it is never your fault… A sensible person takes some responsibility for their own safety.

I'm dreaming of a light Christmas I just wanted to wish you all a lovely and serene holiday! We're keeping the season as simple as possible here-a "light Christmas," if you will. We've decorated our little cottage with a fresh tree and wreath, lots of twinkle lights, and some ornaments handmade by my daughter.

Multi-device charging station built into an IKEA bench We made a multi-device charging station dock for our laptop and tablet. For our project, we used the very inexpensive IKEA LACK TV bench, which costs only $15.99. It was also our object of choice because:. You can cut holes into it. Easily. The docking station tucks neatly away beside our sofa and is easily accessible.

The Zilker 24-Foot Tiny House by ATX Tiny Casas It's a 24-foot tiny house on wheels by ATX Tiny Casas out of Austin, Texas. The home is for sale for $69,995, according to the listing on Tiny Home Builders.

Backyard garage shed converted into modern 'Granny Pad' An old garage shed is transformed into a spacious little home for one grandmother, living near her kids and grandkids.

26-Foot Sparrow Tiny House with Fold-Down Deck, Double French Doors, And More! This is the 26-foot Sparrow Tiny House. It's available for $65,000, was built in 2017, and offers 250-square-feet of space inside, according to the listing on Tiny Home Builders. It was built on a tri-axle trailer and features a fold-down porch where you see the double french doors to welcome you into the living area of the tiny house.

What's the healthiest insulation? A new report from the NRDC has some surprises. Insulation is a touchy subject in green building. Many designers just want the best R value and tightest seal, which you can get from plastic foams. They say "solid petrochemicals are a lesser of two evils when compared to CO2" and deride my concerns as "an example of "Perfect is the enemy of good".

26-Foot Luxury Tiny House in Renton, WA - $77k This is a 26-foot luxury tiny house that's for sale out of Renton, Washington. According to the listing on Tiny Home Builders, it was built in 2018 and offers 280-square-feet of space. The tiny house was built on a 26-foot x 8.5-foot PAD Tiny House Trailer with two 7K axles.

Couple Design and Build the Perfect Off-Grid Tiny Home This is the story of Kenton and Melissa Derbin and their cat, Roxanne. They've been living in their off-grid tiny house for almost two years now. And they have been Tiny House Newsletter subscribers for even longer. Today, they're sharing their tiny house journey with us.

Throw Back Thursday: Tracy's holiday resolutions The holidays are tough to simplify, as all of us found out during our respective Simple Year projects. But that doesn't mean we can't try. For today's throwback post, we have Tracy's "resolutions" on how to simplify her family's holiday season. Original post HERE.

When They Became Empty Nesters, They Moved Into a Tiny Floating Cottage This is the story of Bobby and Linda Easton-Waller. When they became empty nesters, they moved into a boat. That one lasted about a year. Then they found this tiny floating cottage on pontoons on Craiglist and immediately bought it. And they love it!

Doing Well Doing Good For Veterans with Gabrielle Rapport Gabrielle, a serial entrepreneur from Seattle saw an opportunity to offer high quality solutions to the housing crisis focusing on Veterans. Today, her non-profit organization Operation Tiny Home is in its fourth year tackling that daunting mission.

28-Foot Tailgater Tiny House This is a 28-foot Tailgater Tiny House on Wheels out of San Antonio, Texas. It's listed for sale for $45,500 on Tiny Home Builders Marketplace.

Try this One Thing for Stress Free Mornings By the time we are done with showering, dressing, coffee-ing and getting everyone out the door, we're exhausted. There are many things we can do to slowly shift our mindset to reduce stress, but this one thing will lead to stress free mornings immediately.

350-Square-Feet Tiny House on a Foundation for $16,000 This is a 350-square-foot tiny house on a foundation that's listed for $16,000 on Tiny Home Builders Marketplace in West Columbia, South Carolina. The listing says the home was built in 2015. It features a covered porch, kitchen, dining area, bathroom, living area, main floor bedroom, a loft for storage, exposed beam ceilings, and more.

24-Foot Pioneer Tiny House by Tiny House Building Company This is the 24-foot Pioneer Tiny House on Wheels by the Tiny House Building Company. It features approximately 272-square-feet of space inside including the king-size dormer loft with access via ladder. There is a secondary loft as well that is for storage purposes.

Santa Fe Tiny House by SimBLISSity Tiny Homes This is the Santa Fe Tiny House by SimBLISSity Tiny Homes. It's a 376-square-foot tiny house that's 33-feet long, 8-feet wide, and 13-feet 6-inches tall. The exterior siding features a combination of wood and metal siding and the use of both round and square windows.

Timber Cabin with Decks in the California Redwoods Jeff Waldman, his partner Molly and some of their friends have worked together to construct a cabin and a small group of tree decks into the native California Redwoods in the wooded mountain region of Santa Cruz.

The Minimalist's Toolkit: Buy Nothing Groups I am lucky that I have a Goodwill Donation Center two miles away from my house. In beginning days of my decluttering and minimalism journey, I made frequent trips there on the weekends. Note: Today's post is the last in a short series of guest posts at Hip Diggs, by Emily McDermott.

Holiday Issue of the Tiny House Magazine I'm excited to announce the latest issue of the Tiny House Magazine. Issue 72 our 2018 Holiday Issue. Where has 2018 gone? We are in the last month of the year and it is a very busy month as well. The holidays can be a stressful time when we needlessly get caught up in the hustle and bustle and spend too much on things we don't really need.

Can Cross-Laminated Timber save the world? Anthony Thistleton makes a persuasive case in a new book, 100 Projects UK CLT. A year ago, after listening to Anthony Thistleton of Waugh Thistleton Architects speak, I wondered what's the best way to build in wood? Should we be using mass timber when alternatives are more efficient in their use of material?

Compact 497 sq. ft. apartment redesigned with open partitions Room dividers can work too. This enables the clients to move around their apartment freely, and entertain guests while still maintaining some privacy. Here is part of the main storage divider, seen from the vantage point that shows both the kitchen to the left, and the living room to the right.

13-Foot Tiny House with a Main Floor Bedroom This is The Alpine Tiny House on Wheels by the Tiny House Building Company. It's amazing because it's a 13-foot tiny house on wheels with a main floor bedroom. It also has an additional loft that can be used for storage or extra sleeping space.

Toy Hauler Trailer Tiny House Renovation This is a 2003 Forest River Sandpiper Toy Hauler Trailer that has been renovated into a tiny house on wheels. It has approximately 184-square-feet of space to offer inside. The unit was stripped down all the way to the studs and completely rebuilt from the inside-out.

Adventure Series 4800SL Tiny House This is the Adventure Series 4800SL Tiny House by Designer Eco Tiny Homes in Australia. It's an off-grid-ready tiny house on wheels with a solar system, water tank, composting toilet, full kitchen, bath, lounge, dining, sleeping, and storage areas. The kitchen features a two-burner gas cooktop, an oven, a large sink, cabinets, and LED lighting.

Easy Pan Roasted Vegetables Pan roasted vegetables is the answer. Roasted vegetables are perfect for just about any meal, holiday or otherwise. But they feel especially cozy and celebratory when paired with things like our Vegan Lentil Nut "Meatloaf" and Easy Vegan Gravy. Perfect dinner much?

Podcast 163 - Business In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan are joined by Jordan Harbinger to talk about what it takes to start a successful small business, and they answer the following questions:. Apple Podcasts · Spotify · Google Play · Soundcloud · MP3.

The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life The Minimalist Home is the most practical and comprehensive room-by-room guide to a decluttered, refocused life. In it, I've brought together all my key teachings on minimalism. Addressing all the usual concerns, I'm also covering the whole house-every space you'll find in a typical home-in methodical fashion.

Most apartment buildings have really terrible air quality And if you live on the lower floors, it's even worse, according to a study by RDH. Building more multi-unit residential buildings is critical for reducing transportation and for increasing affordability. But one of the big problems with most buildings in North America is ventilation.

Mind the gap: Fit IKEA MALM over a tall baseboard IKEAhackers.net is all about modding, repurposing and customizing IKEA products. We have 5,000 hacks from all over the globe. You're bound to find something to inspire you. Here's a quick start guide. Happy hacking!

Training in Uncertainty I've been training in uncertainty for a few years now. I realized that the people I coach and teach are just like me: we feel shaky, scared, anxious, uncomfortable when we are faced with massive uncertainty, when the ground is pulled out from under our feet.

270-Square-Feet Stealth Tiny House This is a 270-square-feet oversized stealth tiny house on wheels for sale in Palm Beach, Florida according to the listing on Tiny Home Builders, it's available for $28,000 and it was built in 2018. It measures 24-feet long and 8.5-feet wide.

200-Square-Foot Travel Trailer Tiny House This is a 200-square-foot travel trailer tiny house that's for sale in Corvallis, Oregon, according to the listing on Tiny Home Builders. It was originally built in 1992 but has recently been completely renovated. It's a 27-foot trailer now available for $13,900.

Beachfront Studio Tiny Home in New Zealand This is a beachfront studio tiny home in Aotea, New Zealand. The beach is just a short walk away. The home has a kitchen, living area, bathroom, bedroom, and a deck with beautiful views. It's available on HomeAway to book as a vacation rental. What are your thoughts on a tiny house design like this, designed to be built on a foundation?

Boho Camper Vans Custom Vans and Outdoorsy Rentals If you find converting your own adventure van daunting, the team at Boho Camper Vans in Phoenix, Ariz. can do the job in just four weeks with the vehicle search included. The company builds out comfortable, functional and beautiful camping vehicles from 1-ton commercial vans.

9 Simple Solutions To Eliminate Clutter From Your Home I don't care how minimalist and committed you are, clutter has a way of creeping back into our lives. As I look around my own house right now, I see too much for my liking, even if it's mostly my kid's stuff. Let's look at 9 simple solutions. I practice the first 8 simple solutions daily.

Who Says We Need Changing Fashion, Anyway? It would seem from everything we've been told that more clothes hanging in our closets would lead to a happier life. But psychologically and scientifically, that is simply not the case. In fact, often, more choice leads to less happiness-the paradox of choice.

Real Life Minimalists: Mobile Minimalists Every Monday I post Real Life Minimalists, a profile of one of my readers in their own words. If you'd like to participate, click here for details. This week we have an inspirational story from Mobile Minimalists, who tell us how easy it is to move when everything fits in a dinghy!

488 Sq. Ft. Cottage on 1 Acre in West Plains, Missouri Cottage on a foundation on 1 acre of land in West Plains, Missouri. It's for sale for $57,000 on Tiny Home Builders where you can learn more and inquire if you're interested and if it's still available. It was built in 2010 and features two bedrooms and one bathroom.