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Merry Christmas!

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Wishing you a merry Christmas from all of us here at The Tiny Life! If you celebrate, we hope you have a happy and restful holiday spent with family and friends. As another great year draws to an end, we look forward to 2016 and bringing you even more great tiny house info, stories, and inspiration.

Warm wishes and happy holidays!

– The Tiny Life Team

A Holiday Gift from Us to You

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The holidays are officially right around the corner. This time of year I get excited about spending time with friends and family.

Our gift to you this holiday season is a free set of tiny house plans – for a tiny gingerbread house! Grab the tiny house enthusiast in your life and get ready for a fun afternoon of Christmas crafting. We are giving the plans away for free if you sign up for our newsletter! For those of you who aren’t yet on the newsletter, it’s totally free and we send out a weekly email with tips, tricks and other great stuff about making your way to living in a tiny house and living The Tiny Life. To get the plans, simply enter your email address into the field below and hit “submit.”

We wish you all safe travels during this exciting and hectic time. Happy holidays!

Your Turn!

  • Do you have a favorite tiny house gift you like to give during the season?
  • How do you like to celebrate the tiny house movement with friends and family?

 

How to Decorate Your Tiny House for the Holidays

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For me, one of the best things about the holiday season is decorating. When I was a kid, breaking out the Christmas decorations each December was almost better than Christmas itself (…almost). There’s nothing like the feeling of decking the halls with garlands and bows to welcome the holiday spirit into your home.

When most people think of holiday decor, they think of plastic tubs stuffed with tree trimmings and specialty candlesticks and outdoor light-up Santas. If you live in a tiny house, you probably don’t have the storage space for decor items used only once per year. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the decorating fun just because you live in a small space. All it takes is some extra creativity! Here are some of our tips for festive tiny house holiday decorating.

1. Miniature versions of existing decor

If you can spare the floor space, a tiny Christmas tree looks even cuter in a tiny house.

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Or if there’s no floor space for a tree, go even smaller with a tabletop version.

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Even the tiniest rosemary wreath will add seasonal color and scent to your tiny house.

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2. Utilize vertical space

Any sliver of wall or window can become a prime location for some holiday decor. If your door has divided lites, hang up some paper snowflakes! It takes up no space at all, but it makes a big visual impact.
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This DIY washi tape Christmas tree couldn’t be easier to make and takes up no floor space.

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And don’t neglect that overlooked swath of decor real estate – your ceiling! Hanging ornaments, paper crafts, or garlands can make your tiny house feel extra magical.

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3. Compostable decor

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to buy a single disposable plastic thing made in China in order to decorate your house beautifully for the holiday season. Greenery, fruits, herbs, and spices are all beautiful options that can return to the soil once the holidays are over.

These DIY pomanders are a traditional holiday decoration that will make your tiny house smell amazing!

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Pine boughs in jars, lined up near a window, are simple and elegant.

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Not much of a holiday baker? Tie cinnamon sticks around candles with twine and fake the scent of baking pies.

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4. Lights, lights, lights!

Twinkle lights are the perfect way to add ambiance to your tiny house; and once the holidays are over, you can use them for auxillary lighting year round. Use LED string lights for the smallest electrical draw.

Hang lights everywhere – in your loft, around your loft ladder or stairs, above your kitchen cabinets, around your windows, or hang them from the ceiling and around door frames as seen below.

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Use branches and lights to outline a beautiful Star of David.

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And don’t forget to decorate the outside of your house too!

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For more ideas on how to decorate a tiny space for the holidays, be sure to follow our Tiny House Holidays Pinterest board!


Your Turn!

  • What are your favorite small-space holiday decorating ideas?

5 Gifts For Tiny Housers

Out of all the things that come up with tiny houses, the holidays might be the trickiest for tiny house folks. Even after years of living tiny, people around me still feel the need to give gifts. While it isn’t necessary, I appreciate gifts much more because people really have to think of creative ideas for gifts that won’t take up space in my tiny house.

Today I wanted to share my top 5 gift ideas for tiny house folks.

If you are having trouble telling people what you want for the holidays, try sending them this post so they can get some ideas!

1. Experiences:

This is my absolute favorite gift to give and receive because it means that I can do something fun with that person that I care about. It could be a dinner out, tickets to an event or some other adventure. I try to think of things that the person likes and often get two so that not only is it an awesome experience, but we can experience it together.

Gift idea: Buy a ticket to the Tiny House Conference

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2. Consumables

Next up is things that people can eat or use up; they’re things that after a certain amount of use are gone. A perfect example of this is food items. We are all busy and most of us like food, so making something or buying something that person likes is a great gift. Think of things that are difficult to make or are a nice indulgence. Other things besides food could be candles, eco-friendly bath products, or firewood.

Gift Idea: a subscription to a CSA (community supported agriculture).

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3. Help them pursue a dream

For those we care about, we want to see them succeed. Find out some goals the person is working towards. Learning about what is on a person’s bucket list is a great way to get ideas for what you can help them achieve. If people ask you for what you want, you can think of things that will help you achieve your own goals. If someone’s goal is to build a tiny house, get a copy of their plans made up, get that resource they’ve been eyeing or pick up a good book on the topic.

Gift idea:  Tiny House Living By: Ryan Mitchell – #1 selling tiny house book

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4. Something you’re already going to buy anyway.

I do this a lot, since I don’t really need much, and I don’t buy much either. So when something comes up that I need to replace it or buy something new, I hold off and suggest it as a gift when others ask. For example, I am in need of new shoes, have been for a month or so, but I’ve been holding off. This way those who must have to give me a gift can and its something that I really need in order to replace a worn-out item.

Gift Idea: Shoes, socks, tires, etc.

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5. Digital or non-tangible items.

Sometimes there are gifts that take up no space at all and can be used later on. I’m thinking of gift cards, vouchers and digital downloads. A gift card to your favorite restaurant takes up next to no space, but is a great way for you to still give or receive things when you are living tiny. Other things could be iTunes music, Netflix, Amazon Prime, movies, or Kindle books.

Gift Idea: Cracking The Code – Guide to building codes and zoning for tiny houses!

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Your Turn!

  • What are some of your favorite small-space gift ideas?

Holidays Tiny Life Style

It’s nearly Christmas and here in Charleston we have been enjoying the festive decorations throughout the city. Living inP1000035 a tiny house definitely limits traditional decorations and living the tiny life means having to tweak some holiday decor. One difference is that last year we had an 8 foot tree. That just will not work in La Casita and I have to admit I was a bit bummed about not having the space but one of my students at my school came to my rescue! He brought me the top off his twelve foot tree and placed it in a bowl of clay with a little ornament hanging on one of the branches. He came in the kitchen a couple weeks ago and said, “Here Ms. Andrea! It’s for your tiny house!” It was the sweetest gift and it fixed my tree dilemma.  Now we have a Charlie Brown tree to keep things festive this holiday season!

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Luckily for us, here in Charleston, the city goes to great lengths to decorate the streets. Wreaths, living trees, lights and banners are everywhere so when I feel like enjoying the season I can hop on my bike and go out to Marion Square to see the park all lit up in white lights or down King Street to enjoy 16 foot living trees placed along the shopping areas. Living in such a vibrant city is great when your living space can’t support all the holiday bells and whistles!

Since we don’t have a regular tree we’ve decided to celebrate gift giving in the style of stockings! I’ve yet to make them, which I swore I would do last week, and now with only a few days til Christmas I have work to do! Stockings were always my favorite part of Christmas morning growing up and it’s a great way to receive presents in a tiny house! Certainly helps keep things scaled down. Check out Ryan’s post about gift giving and tiny house living for more great ideas on giving or receiving this season!

P1000043In terms of indoor decoration we have Christmas lights lighting our living room and we’ve put out the cards we’ve received from family and friends. I’ll get the stockings up when I finish them and we’ve put a winter wreath on our door. It takes some adjustment to have a merry tiny house Christmas but I find it no less enjoyable than past holidays when I lived in larger dwellings. We’ve had to be willing to sacrifice a few things, like a regular tree, but when compared to my daily enjoyment of life in La Casita I don’t mind doing things a bit different during the holidays.  For example, since we don’t have the space to host a party this year we are going to host a Christmas Eve bike ride! We’ll bring cookies and hot cider and enjoy the lights of the city on a tour around the downtown peninsula. We love to entertain our friends and family and while it takes a bit more creativity living in a tiny space, we’ve had just as much fun having gatherings outside our home as in and w e look forward to many more tiny life inspired holidays to come!

Your Turn!

  • Hey tiny house inhabitants! How do you celebrate the holidays tiny life style?
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