In our homes today there are some seriously bad new chemicals. I have a friend of the family that worked for a insurance company and his whole job was air quality. After talking to him some he said something that kind of scared me. He said even with the top of the life filtration systems in our homes today, the air quality is around 6 times more toxic than any of the worst air quality cities. That’s kinda scary!
Now there are some things that you simply cannot reduce their toxicity because the value of having those chemicals is so great. For example if you have a solar array, you will need to have several batteries to capture that power. The batteries have all sorts of nasty chemicals but the value of have your computer running, a fridge and lights out weighs it. Paint is the number one suspect when it comes to ruining the indoor air quality. Thus, replacing it can make a huge impact on the problem.
That said, there are allot of things that we can do address this problem. One of which is using Low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) which is the bad stuff. Then there are other paints that are non-toxic which are basically you vegan version of paint, there are only natural ingredients in them. So here is a round up of the best Low VOC and Non-Toxic paints here
Just Say No!:
This is your brain, this is your brain when you have so much stuff to do that you literally can’t do it all. That where saying NO comes into play. Saying no is harder than you might thing, try it. Someone asks you to join in on some committee for a volunteer organization, your church needs a Sunday school teacher or you are asked any number of things which add strain to your life.
It’s not that you don’t want to do these things, it’s not that you are lazy, it is the simple fact that there are 24 hours in a day and at a point you are booked solid and you didn’t leave any time for you.
You need to factor in time for you, again it’s not selfish, its not greedy or lazy. It is taking time for you to take a break and unwind a bit. You aren’t any good to anyone if you can’t focus, you are always tired or you are running late to everything.
But how to determine what to say yes to and what to say no to?
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Here is a great interview with Elizabeth Turnbull, the Yale student who decided that dorms and rent weren’t for her financially and environmentally. She built this house with the help of lots of folks in a workspace that she was rented to for free. That in combination with builder donations she was able to build this tiny house using renewable resources, non toxic materials and other eco friendly products. Check out here story here
Knowing where you are going can be an immensely freeing thing. While you should always leave room for some spontaneity and sometimes we just need to let life take us where it leads us. There are times where a plan is good. We all have dreams and it’s never a bad thing to do our best to get to them. The empowering thing about goals is that from them we can determine what actions we need to take to get to them. We can change our behavior now to get to the goal later. It doesn’t mean that we drop everything, it doesn’t mean these goals can’t change or be replaced, but we only have so much time on this earth and its good to make it count.
How do you figure out your very top level, most important things to you?
If you were at the end of your life looking back, what would you want to have achieved?
What would make you a better person?
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So why embark on “the tiny life”?
The answer is found in stewardship– the wise use of one’s time, energy, fiscal and other resources.
Are you wisely using the space in which you live? Which room or rooms do you live in the most? What happens to the others? Are you bothered by all the space within your dwelling that is least occupied?
“Tiny” is the efficient use of space. Admittedly, there is much less space to “expand” one’s life—one’s possessions and one’s decorative sense are two examples. Where do we really live, though—in our dwellings or in our hearts and relationship space?
But “tiny” also means less money expended to maintain a larger space that has become for many of us an idol. In 1963, my parents took on a 25-year mortgage on a new, two-story house with four bedrooms that cost $17,500. That same home today can sell for close to $300,000.
How scales of economy have changed! “Tiny” addresses the buying power of present dollars as much as it reflects the desire not to buy into the myth that bigger is better.
Bigger is not necessarily better. For most of us fascinated by tiny living, the exploration of all things tiny imparts hope.