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?
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.
Stuff, we love having stuff, our culture tells us we need stuff, we need more of it and the stuff we already have isn’t good enough. When it comes to downsizing you probably are thinking of materials things, they clutter our homes and they often end up in the trash or donated to goodwill. But when I say downsizing I am talking not just materials things, but non-tangibles too! Whether they occupy a physical space or weigh on our minds, there is a balance we must reach with stuff.
What are non-tangible things? They can be things that are on our mind, that distract us. They are goals and activities we want to do, but have yet to complete. They are things that get in the way of us being the best we can be.
Some things are necessary, while others make life just a little bit easier, and then there are those things we just “need” for one reason of another. So here are some quick tips that I have used in my life to really reduce the amount of stuff.
I decided to split this up over a few days because it’s so big and so you can take time to digest each one on its own. Please feel free to share your thoughts!
This is a really useful tool that I use allot and with great success. Find a box, any box, size appropriate for your stuff of a certain area. The important thing to remember is to tackle one defined area at a time, usually you can define an area by its function. Your desk is a great place to start (then later move on to your clothes, then the kitchen, etc.). Take everything and I mean everything! Out of and off of your desk (with the exception of your computer and desk lamp) and put it into the box. No cheating now, just do it, I want every drawer empty, the desktop clear and the floor clear too if you have stuff piled up.
So I have yet to really dabble in solar energy, but it is something that I do want to implement in my tiny home. So today I am simply posting great resources for solar power. One of the greatest untapped energy resources that exists is the sun, of course the hurtle that exists is how to take this energy and capture it efficiently and cost effectively. I have a good feeling that the next 5 years will bring huge innovations in solar energy with Obama’s plan for cleaner energy.